In question of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
- Thomas Jefferson, Kentucky Resolutions, 1798If we could all agree to really "protect and defend the Constitution," instead of just saying the words to get a job, take an office, or be a member of a group, then we would be back on the road to preserving our freedoms.
I, CR Cobb, 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 Civil Servant Oath of Office, 5 U.S.C. §3331All federal-bureaucracy employees take the above oath - even Census enumerators. It is time for them to abide by it. We all should, even if the "office" is a sales office, a checkout counter, or a machine press.
Even if you think central government - or government for that matter - is a defective concept doomed to failure, forcing it and ourselves to abide by its central tenants would chain it - not us.
Happy New Year!