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WHY AN OATH?

Once a chicken and a pig decided to open a restaurant. “What shall we call it?” asked the pig. “How about ‘Bacon and eggs’?” answered the chicken. The pig paused for a moment and answered, “The problem is you’d only be involved, but I’d be committed.”
 
When the Pilgrims arrived at the shores near Plymouth, they made an oath to “…solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politick, for our better ordering and preservation...”[1]
 
The signers of the Declaration of Independence took an oath to “…mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”[2]
 
The Constitution specifies the oath of office for the President.[3] The first act of Congress created the oath for other elected officials.[4] Members of the military take an oath. Naturalized citizens also take an oath. They all commit to support and defend the Constitution.
 
Why did our founders value the use of an oath? They understood that a mutual commitment between citizens and their system of self-government “was the foundation of liberty based on law and order.”[5] An oath binds us to a common cause and pushes us to not just be involved, but to be committed.
 
As an “average” citizen you may not have the opportunity to take an oath. But why shouldn’t you?  Your citizenship is your deed of ownership in this country, and you have a direct stake in its future. You have inherited one full share in the company of “We the People.”
 
Today, more than ever, we need citizens who support and defend our Constitution. Albert Einstein said, “The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.”[6]
 
Visit support-defend.org, RIGHT NOW, and take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and your liberties. 

[1] Mayflower compact, https://www.history.com/topics/colonial-america/mayflower-compact
[2] Declaration of Independence
[3] Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"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."
[4] Article VI, Clause 3: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
[5] Calvin Coolidge, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayflower_Compact
[6] Albert Einstein https://www.quotes.net/quote/9248

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