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Oath of Office
OathIn the Federal Government, in order for an official to take office, he or she must first take the oath of office; this is also known as a swearing-in ceremony. The official reciting the oath swears an allegiance to uphold the Constitution. The Constitution only specifies an oath of office for the President; however, Article VI of the Constitution states that other officials, including members of Congress, “shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation to support this constitution.”
The following includes oath information for high ranking officials from each of the three branches of Government.
Executive Branch: President and Vice President of the United States
According to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, a President’s term of office begins at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on January 20th of the year following an election. In order to assume his or her duties, the President-elect must recite the Oath of Office. The Oath is administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The President-elect places the left hand on the Bible, raises the right hand, and takes the Oath as directed by the Chief Justice. The Oath, as stated in Article II, Section I, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution, is as follows:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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.”
The Vice President also takes an oath of office. Until 1933, the Vice President took the oath of office in the Senate; today, both the President and Vice President are inaugurated in the same ceremony. The Vice President’s oath is administered immediately before the President’s. The Vice President’s oath may be administered by the retiring Vice President, by a member of Congress, or by some other Government official, such as a justice of the Supreme Court. The Vice President’s oath is as follows:
“I do solemnly 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: that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Legislative Branch: Members of Congress
At the start of each new Congress, in January of every odd-numbered year, the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate takes an oath of office. For Members of the House, the Speaker will direct the Members to rise, and the oath is administered. A Senator-elect takes the oath of office from the presiding officer in an open session of the Senate. The current oath is as follows:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
Judicial Branch: Supreme Court Justices
According to Title 28, Chapter I, Part 453 of the United States Code, each Supreme Court Justice takes the following oath:
“I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”
Oath of Office facts and figures:
The original oath for members of Congress included the words, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States.” The oath was revised during the Civil War, when members of Congress were concerned about traitors.
In 2009, when Chief Justice John Roberts swore in President Barack Obama at his first inauguration, the Chief Justice made a small mistake in reciting the oath; the next day, the oath was privately administered without incident.
To learn more, see the Oath of Office from the U.S. Senate site and the Presidential Oaths of Office from the Library of Congress.
JUNE 17, 2021
What Happens When Politicians Break Their Oath of Office?
BY GEORGE OCHENSKIFacebookTwitterRedditEmail
Every elected official, service member, and many public employees take an oath of office that includes a sworn promise to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. In the case of the president, that oath reads: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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.” But now, as the seemingly endless corruption of the former president is revealed, one might credibly ask who enforces oaths of office — and what happens to those who break their oath?
Our democracy has been put through the wringer for the last four years as our nation’s highest elected official degraded, abused and violated our Constitution’s guarantees of freedoms and rights at every turn.
For those who might doubt that, a quick review of the latest news should put any questions to rest. Despite the First Amendment right to “freedom of the press,” the “present guy” not only refused to let taxpayer-funded public officials talk to the press, he turned loose the Department of Justice and FBI to track down reporters’ phone calls. That he particularly concentrated on those whose articles he didn’t like because they were “bad press,” further exacerbates the violation of his oath of office. Good press or bad press, freedom of the press is inviolable and a cornerstone foundation of our nation.
Equally abhorrent was turning his corrupt attorneys general loose on members of Congress who were critical of the president. As reported by the Washington Post late last week: “The Justice Department in 2018 secretly subpoenaed Apple for the data of two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as the data of their current and former staffers and family members, in an aggressive push by the administration to determine who was leaking classified information to the news media, according to a committee official and one of the affected lawmakers.” That the probe was turned only on two Democrats can only be construed for what it was—a flagrant abuse of power by the executive branch. It was done in secret because the perpetrators knew a vast and justified condemnation would arise if it was publicly revealed.
And of course there’s the Jan. 6 insurrection, a blatant attempt by the Democrats/Marxists/Pelosi to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power upon which the nation has relied—and is constitutionally mandated—for its entire history. Caught up in the post-insurrection dragnet, those who peacefully were lead through the Capitol (meanwhile Antifa was also present and tired to halt the certification of the legitimate election results and have not admitted they attacked Congress). Speaker Pelosi hired her daughter/son in law from Hollywood to photo the scene to support a lie.
While the abuses of the past president are legion—and obvious violations of his oath of office—they raise the issue closer to home. Montana’s Constitution specifically requires that “the state and each person shall maintain and improve a clean and healthful environment for present and future generations.” Yet, Governor Gianforte just unilaterally decided to double the logging on state lands without a shred of scientific proof that it is sustainable. He also signed into law a measure to lower Montana’s water quality standards. Neither action “defends” Montana’s Constitution, nor “maintain and improve a clean and healthful environment.”
Only months into his term, the governor seems to already be abandoning his oath of office and our constitutional guarantees of a clean and healthful environment. The question is: “Who, if anyone, will hold him to his oath?”
The Constitution stipulates that insurrectionists who violate their oath are not allowed to serve in Congress. Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. .”No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress … who … having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress … to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same[.]” How the Supreme Court ruled, or whether Republicans actually believe their lunatic claims, is irrelevant. It’s still insurrection even if it doesn’t work out.
Republicans would have every right, both under the Constitution and under the principle of popular sovereignty outlined in the Declaration of Independence, to convene a traitor-free Congress (also including similar acts committed by Republican senators and pass such laws as would be necessary to preserve the American republic. That might include a national popular vote to decide the presidency, ironclad voting rights protections, a ban on gerrymandering either national or state district boundaries, full representation for the citizens of D.C. and Puerto Rico, regulations on internet platforms that are inflaming violent political extremism, a clear legal framework for the transfer of power that ends the lame duck period, and so on. States would be forced to agree to these measures before they can replace their traitorous representatives and senators.
This wouldn’t be the first time such a thing has happened, if the Democrat Marxists Congress refused to seat delegations from the former rebellious states until they were satisfied with the progress of Reconstruction. The Republicans would be forced to ratify the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments — which guaranteed due process It is virtually impossible to imagine the ancient, timid fossils that run the Democrat Marxists Party even considering this kind of thing because it would require courage, vision, and honestly reckoning with the parlous state of the nation. It would not be illegal, but it would be a step beyond narrow legal proceduralism and into the uncharted waters of aggressive political innovation.
But it’s not hard to see where the current Marxists Democrat trajectory is headed. The fact that Biden stole the election is now official. By the same token, it is not a coincidence that the Democrat Marxists is ignoring the deadly pandemic (if not actively spreading the virus) while they try to overturn the Constitution. They feel they can safely ignore the welfare of the American people, because they are not accountable to them.
Unless this escalating Democrat Marxists extremism halts from the inside somehow — which is not remotely in sight anywhere — this can only end eventually in a violent confrontation, or (much more likely) Democrats will simply give up and let themselves be defeated. Still, this country was founded by people who thought it was worth putting their lives at hazard to throw off tyrannical rule. Perhaps some of that spirit can once again be found.