Skip to comments.Morning Coffee: The Oath that I took has no expiration date.
Posted on 09/18/2004 11:14:17 PM PDT by wrbones
The Oath I took has no expiration date.
Mornin folks! How the hell are ya this mornin, anyways? Coffees on! It aint too bad this mornin, either. Ya best grab a cup and get yer eyes open fore ya face the day! Paperll be along directly, I imagine. I gots first dibs onna funny pages, too! dont make me bite yer fingers off, now
Well, I reckon. I got somethin to kinda-mebbe visit over this mornin. I aint too sure yet. I just got an idea a minute ago and I aint got it all sorted out. Has to do with what I was talkin about yesterday with The Constitution of The United States.
I got to thinkin about the Oath of Enlistment I made when I joined the Marine Corps all those years ago. Now some folks dont know what an oath is, or even what it means to make one. Lemme give ya an idea. I swear, Charlie. If that feller dont calm down some, Im a gonna knock him on his butt. Believe it or not, thats an oath. Means if ya said it, ya best be a doin it if the other feller dont calm down some. Another version goes somethin like this, If that guy gets elected, Im movin out of the country. Thats an oath. Now, funny thing about such as that, even onna street, and with folks who dont believe in takin oaths, they say, What comes around goes around. Inna Book it says ya reap what ya sow. If ya dont do what ya say yer gonna do, yer sowin seeds of distrust. If other folks dont figger they can trust ya, its gonna come back around on ya. It dont matter even ifn it aint payback from the same folks ya done lied to, itll be somethin else. Theres natural checks and balances inna normal order of things in this ol life. That gets all scientific and philosophical to try and explain, and we aint explainin that today, anyways.
Now, along those same sorta lines, I got to wonderin about a couple other things. What? Dont fret none! Im a gettin there! Yer a chump first thing inna mornin, aint ya? Thats ok. Til I done I had my coffee, I am too. Makes us even. Anyways, I got to thinkin about them folks we all elect to work for us in D.C. and such like. Now, I dont care if ya aint a votin, its the same as electin someone to a political office. Even if ya dont vote, yer vote counts. You dont think at all inna mornin, do ya? Well, I got to wonderin just exactly what all us folks say, word by word, when we take them so-called formal oaths. Ya see, God dont care if its formal or not. Hes payin attention. Thats one of the several reasons He said not to be a makin too many oaths. A feller ends up with a whole lotta things hes gotta keep track of when he does that. Next thing ya know, hes all conflicted in hisself, and he cant figger which way is up, or make any sense to hisself or to anyone else. Keepin yer oaths is loyalty inna a way, but its loyalty to the truth, is what it is. If ya aint payin attention, you can get caught up in all sorts of lies, damn near by accident, when ya go to makin too many oaths about too many things. The Boss man dont like liars much. Most people dont either, come to think on it.
Anyways, heres some examples of the oaths some folks makes when they doin work fer this good ol U.S. of A.
The one most of us military folks and Veterans done made:
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; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
The one the President of the U.S. of A. makes:
"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."
Remember; hes got his hand onna Bible when he says that
The one fer the Vice-President when he makes his oath:
"I do solemnly swear 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 I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
The one them Congress folks and Senators makes:
"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."
The one fer them Supreme Court Justices:
"I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.''
Kinda funny, though. Theres an internet joke been makin the rounds fer a long time now. Its about the oath that Marines Make when they join the Marine Corps:
I, state your name, swear... uuhhhh... high-and-tight... cammies... uhh... ugh... Air Force women... OORAH!
So help me Corps. ____X_____________________________
They do get a thumbprint, too. Funny thing. The humor behind that little joke is that most Marines take that oath seriously and they never forget that it is indeed an oath before God and man. You often hear Marines say: The oath that I took had no expiration date. WE mean it. WE know what true honor, integrity, and trust is. We will never forsake the Trust that has been given us. We will never forsake out honor. Any Marine who does, is no longer a Marine, you see.
Some people think were almighty stupid fer bein that way. Thing is, some oaths do have a timeline of sorts to them. There is a completion date on them, so to speak.
Defending The Constitution of the United States of America is a life-long mission. Marines never forget that. A lot of folks could might learn somethin from bein stupid oncet in awhile, I figger.
If the feller yer votin for doesnt keep the oaths he makes well I wouldnt trust him none. When he finally reaps what hes been sowin, I wouldnt wanta be standin too close to him, myself but thats just me.
Its a new day, folks! Warm up yer coffee. Get yer head wrapped around yer day. Weve got another chance to get er right. Weve got another opportunity to get er all sorted out. Make sure ya take advantage of it.
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