[ExI] u.s. military oath

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 13:04:23 UTC 2009

2009/7/24 spike <spike66 at att.net>:
> About a week ago Jeff posted something I intended to answer but was wacky
> busy at the time and didn't get a chance to do it.
> The oath that U.S. military officers take is this:
> "I (insert name), having been appointed a (insert rank) in the U.S. Army
> under the conditions indicated in this document, do accept such appointment
> and 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 reason I mention it now is I expect this to become very important in the
> next few weeks.  We now have three senior officers who have refused orders
> because they believe the CinC is not legally president because he hasn't
> produced a birth certificate.  They haven't been thrown into the brig for
> mutiny.  I myself believe he has one, but his not producing it is the gift
> that keeps on giving to his political opponents.

One problem is that the constitution is not always easy to interpret.
That's why they have Supreme Court judges who are paid $200K a year,
and would have to be pretty smart and hard-working to be worth 1% of
what a top CEO is.

Stathis Papaioannou

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