Here is why; every statesmen or soldier being sworn-in recite the Oath of Office, which affirms that they will; …”preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic…”
For those of us who never gave it a moment’s second thought because we assumed the line referring to ‘domestic’ must have meant in the case of spies, saboteurs and terrorist consider the following. You were misled to think it means that, but permit me to demonstrate for you why it doesn’t. That line embodies one of the most important civics lesson that directly affect you, your family and individual freedom more than anything else you may have imagined.
The words of the oath are directed to the audience listening to the Oath taker. It means that if the public servant intentionally betrays their oath to defend the ideals within the US Constitution from all enemies, they become the domestic enemy. We have laws on the books that deal with criminality, spies, saboteurs and terrorist. The Oath taker is affirming they will protect us from those in government who would collude against us. Domestic enemies are those in public office who would use their position to betray the public trust. The Oath is to us, the American people who hired them, that they will protect the freedom’s enshrined in that inspired document, from anyone who would betray us from within our Government. Let that sink in a moment. It is not an oath to protect the physical document but to defend the Bill of Rights from any government passing laws that would dilute it.
Understand the mindset of the framers who put their lives, their honor and wealth on the line to craft a document intended to protect free people from the dangers inherent to political power. The Constitution’s purpose is to limit that power and calls upon public servants to swear before the witness of men and God to recite the Oath protecting us from them.
A public servant is empowered by law to take away our freedom through detention and arrest or seize our wealth and property by taxation. They can pass legislation that takes over entire industries or impose regulations that can hobble small businesses. When the power hungry cede more power or enrich themselves by channeling public money through a shell game of paper companies, insider trading, donors or other clever machinations; they become by these violations, a domestic enemy. If they insidiously undermined or circumvented the principles within the US Constitution, they betray our trust and violated their Oath.
Military recruits take an oath to obey the ‘lawful’ orders of their leaders. It is our duty to understand the difference between what is lawful and unlawful. It becomes our responsibility as an American to enforce the oath through lawful disobedience.
If the President of the United States is caught whispering to the President of Russia words to the effect that he will disarm the US and put us at a tactical disadvantage in return for personal political gain, it can be argued he violated his oath. If the Supreme Court rules that a law which enables the government with powers denied it by the Constitution as illegal; it can be said the lawmakers violated their oath. If the CIA uses our tax paid technology to spy on us by political directive, they violated their charter. If the Executive Branch tries to take over banks and major industries in a power grab; they violate their oath. Anytime the people we elect or appoint to positions of power over us, abuse that power by diluting the Constitution, they become the domestic enemy the oath refers to.
Hitler’s legislators abrogated their Constitution by passing “Enabling Laws”, which legally gave dictatorial powers to their Chancellor. General Benedict Arnold was a Revolutionary war hero and George Washington’s most effective combat commander, entrusted with protecting the strategic position at West Point. If West Point fell into the hands of the British, the Revolution would have been lost. Benedict Arnold’s name is now synonymous with collusion and wretched treason. He was the model for the domestic enemy referred to in that oath. Hitler’s Germany was the dreaded vision our Revolutionaries had the foresight to provide us with the means to protect ourselves from. Any political office holder or public servant, be they military, law enforcement or Judge who swears to Almighty God that oath, is honor bound to obey it, and any who violate it, approach the equivalent of Benedict Arnold because they move us into the direction of Fascist Germany, the epitome of the domestic enemy. Oath Keepers are constitutionally empowered and honor bound to remove them. Think about it…
By: Anthony Melé, MA, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution Management & regular columnist at The Rockland County Times