What if the military only honored the Constitution as much as Dianne Feinstein or Barack Obama?

A commissioning oath (they vary slightly between services):

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.

The Congressional oath:

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.

Hmmm. They look pretty similar don’t they? And yet, if military officers took its oath as unseriously as Dianne Feinstein takes hers, we’d have had non-stop military coups since our earliest days.

Which is a more professional organization, the military or the Congress, and which takes the oath more seriously? On whole, I’d argue it’s the military, hands down.

Through its obedience to the Constitution, it seems the military takes the Constitution seriously while far too many in the Congress—for example, in Feinstein’s recent posturing and political theater (‘Senator, I’ve been on this committee twenty years and I’ll ignore your question completely and I’m offended and I’m going to lecture you in the hopes you’ll shut up and I’m not a sixth grader, blah, blah, blah’)—take its own “wisdom” and authority self-seriously. After all, isn’t the wisdom of a fool still foolishness?

Similarly, we have the imperial president, one who ignores legislation in lieu of executive orders, who arbitrarily determines when the Senate is or isn’t in session, who uses taxpayer funded resources as personal accoutrements, who ignores Congressional oversight, who self-certifies his own death-by-drone list, etc.

When leaders rely on their own wisdom, outside the law and moral constraints, things end poorly.

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About Professor Mockumental

I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on March 17, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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