ABOUT SUPPORT-DEFEND | FAQs
Is this oath legally binding?
No, but nothing is as binding as a good conscience.
Is this movement affiliated with any political party?
No, we welcome all citizens regardless of their political affiliation, as long as they are willing to take an oath to support and defend the Constitution. We feel that this principle supersedes political affiliations.
Do I have to use the words “So help me God” in my oath?
No, the Presidential oath did not include those words, but they have been added by custom. The original oath formed by the first Congress was simple and did not include the phrase. Additionally, the Founders ensured that all religious viewpoints would have the opportunity to serve in office by eliminating the religious test prevalent in many state constitutions of the day. During the Civil War, concerns over loyalty and subversion overshadowed politics and lawmakers added more verbiage to make the oath more “ironclad.”
You have the option of choosing between two oaths—the original oath or the “ironclad” oath—for yourself. The most important thing is that you commit to supporting the Constitution as our form of government and as the common political ground we use to settle our differences.
How can I help promote the principles of the Constitution?
Take the oath. Share your oath and what it means to you on social media. Share your story on our social media feeds (TBD). Educate yourself on the Constitution and its history. Engage in civil discussion and debate with other citizens using the Constitution as the common ground between us.
What do you mean by “defend against all enemies” in the oath? Am I supposed to take up arms?
Military officers and public office holders take an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies and they have the responsibility of defending it with force and with their lives. We ARE NOT a paramilitary organization. We support and defend the Constitution philosophically through education, civic activism, and civil discussion. We leave armed conflict to trained professionals.
How did this movement get started?
We struggled to watch the public hatred of US citizens against their own form of government play out on the news every day. We began to ponder why we felt differently than those groups. We realized that because we had been given the opportunity to take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, we had educated ourselves and developed a love for its principles. We wanted to share the opportunity to support and defend the Constitution with every citizen. We hope that this will encourage others to educate themselves and engage in civil discussion and debate. No matter where you are in the political spectrum, the Constitution is your best hope. Join us. Take the oath. Educate yourself. Engage in the discussion as more committed and better informed citizen.
Why do you feel that the Constitution is our best hope?
Never in history has anarchy produced more liberty. Anarchy always produces more tyranny—tyranny of the mob, tyranny of a monarch, tyranny of an oligarchy, tyranny of a dictator.
The rule of law has the power to protect human liberty, and the Constitution was constructed with that very purpose. It protects the rights of the individual against the tyranny of the mob by allowing you freedom of speech, even when the loud majority disagrees with you. It protects you against the tyranny of a monarch by the peaceful change of power through elections. It protects you from the tyranny of the oligarchy and the dictator through the checks and balances that prevent any single branch of government from wielding all the power.
Because the Constitution enthrones individual liberty and provides legal protections for those liberties, you are free to think, speak, and live a life as unique as you are. Without the protection of the rule of law, you would not be able to do so.
Do you believe the Constitution is perfect?
No, we believe it is inspired. The original text included several items that opposed the very principles of liberty it was trying to promote. The men involved in its creation were as flawed as we are today. In spite of all that, we believe that the fundamental foundation of the Constitution was properly laid. The fact that it is the world's oldest continuously-active codified constitution and has lasted for over two hundred years is proof of that. (Most other constitutions last on average twenty years.) It is as inspired and relevant today as it was the day it was ratified. But if you’re looking for perfection, we recommend you look to the heavens towards Deity.
Why does your home page say, “Our republic depends on you?”
The story goes that a woman asked Benjamin Franklin as the Constitutional Congress ended its work, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?”
To which Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” As students of history and governments, our founders knew the dangers of both a monarchy and a democracy. Both have the tendency to become tyrants over time. Monarchs often evolve into despots. Purely democratic systems can devolve into mob rule. To avoid these pitfalls, the Constitutional Congress agreed on a representative form of government, or a republic. This form of government, with its checks and balances, prevents tyranny of an executive and tyranny of the mob. So, we are left with a republic, if we can keep it, and we can only keep it if citizens like you are committed to keeping it.