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Morning Coffee: The Oath that I took has no expiration date.
W R Bones Morning Coffee ^ | 19 September 2004 | Warren Bonesteel

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? Coffee’s on! It ain’t too bad this mornin’, either. Ya best grab a cup and get yer eyes open ‘fore ya face the day! Paper’ll be along directly, I imagine. I gots first dibs onna funny pages, too! …don’t make me bite yer fingers off, now…

Well, I reckon. I got somethin’ to kinda-mebbe visit over this mornin’. I ain’t too sure yet. I just got an idea a minute ago and I ain’t 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 don’t know what an oath is, or even what it means to make one. Lemme give ya an idea. “I swear, Charlie. If that feller don’t calm down some, I’m a gonna knock him on his butt.” Believe it or not, that’s an oath. Means if ya said it, ya best be a doin’ it…if the other feller don’t calm down some. Another version goes somethin’ like this, “If that guy gets elected, I’m movin’ out of the country.” That’s an oath. Now, funny thing about such as that, even onna street, and with folks who don’t believe in takin’ oaths, they say, “What comes around goes around.” Inna Book it says ya reap what ya sow. If ya don’t do what ya say yer gonna do, yer sowin’ seeds of distrust. If other folks don’t figger they can trust ya, its gonna come back around on ya. It don’t matter even if’n it ain’t payback from the same folks ya done lied to, it’ll be somethin’ else. There’s 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 ain’t explainin’ that today, anyways.

Now, along those same sorta lines, I got to wonderin’ about a couple other things. …What? Don’t fret none! I’m a gettin’ there! Yer a chump first thing inna mornin’, ain’t ya? That’s 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 don’t care…if ya ain’t a votin’, it’s the same as electin’ someone to a political office. Even if ya don’t vote, yer vote counts. You don’t 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 don’t care if it’s formal or not. He’s payin’ attention. That’s one of the several reasons He said not to be a makin’ too many oaths. A feller ends up with a whole lotta things he’s gotta keep track of when he does that. Next thing ya know, he’s all conflicted in hisself, and he can’t figger which way is up, or make any sense to hisself …or to anyone else. Keepin’ yer oaths is loyalty inna a way, but it’s loyalty to the truth, is what it is. If ya ain’t 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 don’t like liars much. Most people don’t either, come to think on it.

Anyways, here’s 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; he’s 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. There’s an internet joke been makin’ the rounds fer a long time now. It’s 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_____________________________

Thumb Print

Date:

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 we’re 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 doesn’t keep the oaths he makes…well… I wouldn’t trust him none. When he finally reaps what he’s been sowin’, I wouldn’t wanta be standin’ too close to him, myself…but that’s just me.

It’s a new day, folks! Warm up yer coffee. Get yer head wrapped around yer day. We’ve got another chance to get ‘er right. We’ve got another opportunity to get ‘er all sorted out. Make sure ya take advantage of it.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: congress; enlistmentoath; faith; honor; integrity; marinecorps; military; oathofoffice; politics; president; senator; supremecourt; theconstitution; trust; truth; veteran

1 posted on 09/18/2004 11:14:19 PM PDT by wrbones
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