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Uphold the Oath: A Letter to President Obama

I do solemly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.

Mr. President,

The oath you are about to take is one that I take seriously, both as a veteran and as a federal employee. Let me try to explain why.

I believe there is no higher duty for a public servant than the responsibility to ensure that our Constitution is preserved and defended against anyone and anything. Without it, our country has nothing to stand for or stand on. The idea to “support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic” (as contained in the Oath of Enlistment) is the basis of why the military and the government exist.

Tomorrow, that responsibility becomes yours. The protection of our nation and our way of life rests on your shoulders alone.

In issues of policy, I suppose that I will disagree with you often. But I take to heart the words of Bill Kristol after the election:

We pledge our support for those of his policies we can support, our willingness to give him the benefit of the doubt in cases of uncertainty, and our constructive criticism and loyal opposition where we are compelled to differ.

Where I can support you, you will have that support. Where I am opposed to you, I will be fervently.

But at the end of the day, I can expect-or demand-no more of you than that you do your job. Keep us safe. Keep us secure. Preserve our democracy through the means you feel best, without regard to the shifting winds of public opinion.

And, remembering a comment I made during the campaign season, I offer this:

I do solemly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Uphold the oath, sir. I will hold my end.




Written by Coby Dillard

January 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm