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To: EternalVigilance
To say that the oath-taker does not have the legitimate authority to fulfill the primary purpose of his office

The primary purpose of a federal office cannot exceed the enumerated powers of the federal government.

In fact, the oath-taker is obligated to refrain from trying to exercise any power not transferred to the federal government by the States.

105 posted on 06/12/2012 1:57:52 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic
The primary purpose of a federal office cannot exceed the enumerated powers of the federal government.

Powers enumerated to the President:

Article II, Section. 1.

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America...

That is the Power to execute the laws, the Constitution being the supreme law of the land.

Article II, Section. 2.

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States...

What are the armed forces of the United States for, primarily? To defend the lives of the people. Aren't they?

In fact, the oath-taker is obligated to refrain from trying to exercise any power not transferred to the federal government by the States.

1. The legitimate powers delegated by the Constitution of the United States to the general government are powers granted by the people, not by the States. That's why it starts off "We the People of the United States, in Order to..."

2. Neither the States nor the People could ever legitimately grant the authority to alienate the God-given, unalienable rights of the people. You can't give what you do not possess.

3. No written constitution or man-made law could ever legitimately relieve the body of the people as a whole from the sacred obligation to protect the lives of the helpless and the innocent.

I repeat, the primary reason for the existence of the office of the President of the United States is the protection of the God-given, unalienable rights of the people. All of them. Equally.

107 posted on 06/12/2012 2:54:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of the republic begins the day conservatives stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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