Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Oathkeepers on the Mall June 13, 2009

I came across a comment on the Oathkeepers website that explained what they are doing in a nutshell. The comment is anonymous:

"Reasons why I will attend the Oathkeepers Muster:

1. To support the courageous Active Duty servicemen and women and Peace Officers who will be there affirming their oath to support and defend the Constitution.

2. To offer confidence to the American citizenry at-large, that we who have taken our oath to support and defend their Constitutional Rights, will in no way - shape - or form betray that sacred trust.

3. To place on notice, a warning to any officer who might give unlawful orders to his or her subordinates that would violate the Constitutional Rights of the American citizenry, that their actions will not be tolerated; that such orders constitute treason and that prosecution under such charges will be relentlessly pursued.

4. To draw a clear line whereby the government understands its limits, and if it were to violate such, will have broken the supreme law of the land, the Constitution.

5. To let all leaders of government (federal, state, local), military, sheriff and police departments know that there will be no co-operation whatsoever with any illegal or unlawful orders.

6. To remind anyone who would use government force to strip our American citizens of their Constitutional Rights, that history will not be kind to them; that they will be forever branded for the bullies, cowards, and traitors that they are.

See you on the Mall ... so help us God!"


Red said...

Hope there are more of them than more of the opposition.

LL said...

There are two separate parts to an officer's commission. (Officers are commissioned by the Congress of the United States) One is the oath of office and the other is the Commissioning Document. Since my commissioning document is hanging on the wall of my den almost in front of me, I'll transcribe it for you all:

The President of the United States of America
To all who shall see these presents, greeting:

Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities of (LL), I do appoint him an Ensign in the United States Navy to rank as such from the-- day of --.

This Officer will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the office to which appointed by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging.

And I do strictly charge and require those Officers and other personnel of lesser rank to render such obedience as is due an officer of this grade and position. And this Officer is to observe and follow such orders and directives, from time to time, as may be given by me, or the future President of the United States of America, or other Superior Officers acting in accordance with the laws of the United States of America.This commission is to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States of America for the time being, under the provisions of those Public Laws relating to Officers of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and the component thereof in which this appointment is made.

Done at the City of Washington, this -- day of -- in the year of our Lord -- and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred eleventh.
By the President:

Signed by the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Personnel


Officer's Oath of Office: 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.

Enlisted personnel have a slightly different oath as proscribed Section 3331, Title 5, United States Code. The oath taken by officers does not include any provision to obey orders; while enlisted personnel are bound by the Uniform Code of Military Justice to obey lawful orders, officers in the service of the United States are bound by this oath to disobey any order that violates the Constitution of the United States.

Gena said...

This is really interesting!

When I worked law enforcement, we had an Oath of Office, as well as, a Code of Ethics. I tried my best to always uphold what those stood for.

If you will do me the honors of stopping by my blog, I have left an award for you.

Oath Keepers said...

Thanks for posting this.

Unfortunately, the June 13 rally has been canceled by Gathering of Eagles because promised funding did not come through. However, we Oath Keepers will be at several July 4 Tea Parties around the country. Check the blog for details over this next week as we get confirmations on those events.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes
Founder of Oath Keepers

PS - the enlisted oath also begins with swearing to support and defend the Constitution