J.B. Williams & Jim O’Neill
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will,
in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now,
deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”
—Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Although my byline is attached to this article, in all honesty I would have to give J.B. Williams the lion’s share of the credit for it—you might say that I’m simply echoing his sentiments. In any event, here are some further thoughts on the “Restore the Constitution” rally being held on 11/11/11 in Washington DC.
As conditions in America have worsened over the last few years, in particular since a man with no valid discernible past took up residence in our White House, I have heard the same question asked over and over again with increasing regularity, and dismay—“Where’s our military and law enforcement? Isn’t anyone who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, going to do something?”
Amid an endless stream of conspiracy theories, a real conspiracy was underway, and well-founded concerns for the state of our union led to other questions—“why are our soldiers allegedly fighting for freedom and liberty abroad while we are being stripped of our freedom and liberty at home? Why isn’t anyone doing anything to stop it?”
It is quite clear that America is speeding toward a cliff. Even after the Tea Party success in the 2010 mid-term elections, the rush towards the cliff is only accelerating. Totally shut out from the legal system with no political solution available, what started out as a simple question has quickly become a national plea for men and women who had taken an oath to stand up for “we the people” and honor that oath.
The Oath for Enlisted Service Members
“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; 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.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).
What if the orders of an illegal President are at odds with the orders of officers appointed over the enlisted?
The Oath for Officers of the US Military
“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ 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 upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)
Note that unlike the enlisted oath, the language requiring one to follow the orders of the President is missing from the officers’ oath. An officer has a sworn duty to the Constitution of the United States with no stated loyalty to the President of the United States, just in case we ever have a President who is himself, a domestic enemy. (Ahem…you might want to read that last line again).
When the orders of a President are at odds with the orders of the commanding officer, the enlisted must decide which orders to follow. While every officer is sworn to protect and defend the Constitution alone, each enlisted is faced with a dilemma—following the orders of the President, or the orders of their Commanding Officers.
Such would be the case if the domestic enemy in the White House was to ever order American troops to train their guns on American citizens, which is only possible in a true “state of emergency.” Of course, a domestic enemy has the power to create a “state of emergency” from the White House and many are speculating these days that this is exactly what Obama and his Czars are doing.
“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.”
The Oath of Justices and Judges
“I, ________, 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 ________ under the Constitution and laws of the United States.¬† So help me God.”
Once again we see that Justices and Judges do not swear any oath of loyalty to a sitting president and there is a reason for this.
The Oath of Every Federal Employee
“I, [name], 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.” – 5 U.S.C. §3331
Note that every federal employee also takes a civil servants oath, not to whoever might be president at any given time, but solely to the United States Constitution. Like Military officers, there is no conflict of loyalty in their oath. They have but one obligation, and that obligation is to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies, even if they temporarily reside in the people’s White House.
Notice something else in common with every oath—they all end with “So help me God.”
Every member of Law Enforcement also takes a similar oath to protect and defend with no allegiance to whoever might occupy the office of president at any given time.
Violating Their Oath
Our Federal Government currently has more than 21 million employees (aka civil servants). All of them have taken one or more of the above oaths and refusing to live by their oath places them in direct violation of their oath, in every case.
Violating their oath is not just cause for immediate dismissal and removal from office, it is a federal crime.
Federal law regulating oath of office by government officials is divided into four parts along with an executive order which further defines the law for purposes of enforcement. 5 U.S.C. 3331, provides the text of the actual oath of office members of Congress are required to take before assuming office. 5 U.S.C. 3333 requires members of Congress sign an affidavit that they have taken the oath of office required by 5 U.S.C. 3331 and have not or will not violate that oath of office during their tenure of office as defined by the third part of the law, 5 U.S.C. 7311 which explicitly makes it a federal criminal offense (and a violation of oath of office) for anyone employed in the United States Government (including members of Congress) to “advocate the overthrow of our constitutional form of government”.
Where are our soldiers on the matter?
A veteran’s group called The Veteran Defenders of America has now answered that question. In a documented Call-to-Action titled a “A Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic,” former Military and Law Enforcement Officers have come together to demand that all oath-takers immediately execute their oaths to preserve the Constitutional Republic.
At present, every member of the Military, Law Enforcement, Justice, Congress and federal employment is in direct violation of their oaths. As they stand idly by allowing an anti-American transformation of our constitutional form of government, they do so in direct violation of the oaths they have each taken. This is not just an act which justifies the immediate removal from office—it is in fact a federal crime punishable by extreme measures.
As a result, an undisclosed number of veterans across the country have joined forces to demand that every individual who has ever taken an oath to the Constitution immediately and without reservation, begin to adhere to that oath.
They have put out an open Call-to-Action for every oath-taker and every true American patriot to join them in Washington D.C. on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011 at the Washington Monument to demonstrate the will of “we the people,” and our resolve to protect and defend the Constitution and the free Republic for which it stands. Those who refuse to do so will confirm their intent to continue violating their oaths.
As you would expect – forces in the country and in particular on the Internet have worked around the clock to keep work of the veterans’ declaration from reaching critical mass. Only a few online publications have mentioned the events and no main stream media outlet or personality has uttered a word in support of the veterans. They do this at their own peril, as John F. Kennedy stated so well years ago—“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
The veterans have set a course to peacefully restore the Constitutional Republic, going so far as to release a Code of Conduct for participants in the 11.11.11 event at the Washington Monument.
America can be protected and defended, and restored to a Constitutional Republic peacefully, but only if all oath-takers immediately begin to act on their oaths. That is a big if.
To date, there are no signs that anyone in Washington D.C. intends to keep the oaths they have taken to the Constitution and the people of the United States. Instead, they have engaged in subverting every principle and value stated in our founding documents.
The current call by veterans to alter the course of our Ship of State may be the last peaceful means available to the people of the United States. After November 11, 2011—if the majority of oath-takers refuse to act upon those oaths, in the interest of the Constitution and the American people, there will be no peaceful solutions left to consider.
What if oath-takers refuse to honor their oaths?
“We the people” are the key.
Thousands of participants on November 11th will have little or no real impact. But millions of participants can indeed change the course of history and they can do it peacefully.
But once again, that’s a big if. Now that the veterans have drawn a line in the sand and taken a firm stand, how many patriots are ready to stand with them? We will get the answer to that question on November 11, 2011. May God bless their efforts.
Meanwhile, the veterans have established a citizen lobby opportunity where citizens can send information on the Declaration directly to elected officials at no charge. A sample copy of the message is available here and everyone can send it to your elected officials here.
For freedom, for liberty, for justice and the Republic!
Born in June of 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jim O’Neill proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1974 in both UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) and SEAL Team Two. A member of MENSA, he worked as a commercial diver in the waters off Scotland, India, and the United States. In 1998 while attending the University of South Florida as a journalism student, O’Neill won “First Place” in the “Carol Burnett/University of Hawaii AEJMC Research in Journalism Ethics Award.” The annual contest was set up by Carol Burnett with the money she won from successfully suing the National Enquirer for libel. Over the last few years, Jim has regularly written for Canada Free Press and now has a personal blog, ConstitutionalWrites.com.
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