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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
Federal law regulating oath of office by government officials is divided into four parts along with an executive order which further defines the law for purposes of enforcement. 5 U.S.C. 3331, provides the text of the actual oath of office members of Congress are required to take before assuming office. 5 U.S.C. 3333 requires members of Congress sign an affidavit that they have taken the oath of office required by 5 U.S.C. 3331 and have not or will not violate that oath of office during their tenure of office as defined by the third part of the law, 5 U.S.C. 7311 which explicitly makes it a federal criminal offense (and a violation of oath of office) for anyone employed in the United States Government (including members of Congress) to “advocate the overthrow of our constitutional form of government”. The fourth federal law, 18 U.S.C. 1918 provides penalties for violation of oath office described in 5 U.S.C. 7311 which include: (1) removal from office and; (2) confinement or a fine.
The definition of “advocate” is further specified in Executive Order 10450 which for the purposes of enforcement supplements 5 U.S.C. 7311. One provision of Executive Order 10450 specifies it is a violation of 5 U.S.C. 7311 for any person taking the oath of office to advocate “the alteration ... of the form of the government of the United States by unconstitutional means.” Our form of government is defined by the Constitution of the United States. It can only be “altered” by constitutional amendment. Thus, according to Executive Order 10450 (and therefore 5 U.S. 7311) any act taken by government officials who have taken the oath of office prescribed by 5 U.S.C. 3331which alters the form of government other by amendment, is a criminal violation of the 5 U.S.C. 7311.
Every one of the Republicans who signed on to serve Norquist swore an oath to serve the Constitution, and thus the American people and the United States government. However, Republicans are hell-bent on dismantling the government to make way for private operations, and their only legal means is reducing revenue to bankrupt America which is precisely why they signed Norquist’s anti-tax and decidedly anti-government pledge.
Originally posted by MysterX
If you take an oath in a courtroom and lie...you know what happens.
Scale that courtroom up to the scale of America as a whole, and the punishment for lying or breaking an oath ahould be orders of magnetude more severe than lying in just a courtroom.
Treason...in other words.
Originally posted by newcovenant
reply to post by Phoenix
Every Republican Who Signed the Norquist Tax Pledge Violated Their Oath of Office
Every one of the Republicans who signed on to serve Norquist swore an oath to serve the Constitution, and thus the American people and the United States government. However, Republicans are hell-bent on dismantling the government to make way for private operations, and their only legal means is reducing revenue to bankrupt America which is precisely why they signed Norquist’s anti-tax and decidedly anti-government pledge.edit on 28-12-2012 by newcovenant because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by Phoenix
Somehow, sometime ago, we stopped electing "representatives" and started electing "leaders."
We stopped electing "public servants" and started electing people who promised to give us free stuff.
We now vote for the person who is going to give us the most free stuff.
Violating the oath of office is the least of their crimes.
But SnF nonetheless.edit on 28-12-2012 by beezzer because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by CosmicCitizen
Thank you for starting this thread [especially after my thread suggesting Legislation for charges of Censure, Impeachment and Treason, respectively, for sponsoring or co-sponsoring a bill or resolution in Congress that was patently Unconstitutional as arbitrated by a joint congressional constitution committee was Deleted for use of All Caps and Recruiting (?)]. Violating one's oath of office should be illegal but I was attempting to preempt some of the more obvious attacks (esp on the Second Amendment) by stopping legislation from going forward before it has a chance to be treated as the law of the land (under the color of the law) and for the executive branch act on it before the courts have a chance to review the law (which could take years). In addition I was attempting to delineate specific sanctions against Senators and/or Congressmen who would introduce such unconstitutional legislation. S&F.