Friday, September 15, 2023

A Frightening Revelation


I read a frightening revelation this morning. It is a quote from Mitt Romney and it is scary in that it identifies, in my mind, why the Republican Party seems to have "gone off the rails."

The Atlantic published an excerpt from a forthcoming biography of Romney by McKay Coppins in which Romney expressed disgust with his Republican colleagues for feeding Trump’s lies to their voters in exchange for power and acknowledged that “[a] very large portion of my party really doesn’t believe in the Constitution.”  (Letters to an American)

That is frightening, but not wholly unexpected. Here are two real examples of Republicans not upholding their oaths to support and defend the Constitution:

"Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., declared Monday that states "should consider" seceding from the United States . . . " Fox News

"Former President Donald Trump faced rebuke Sunday from officials in both parties after calling for the “termination” of parts of the Constitution . . . " - AP

Before taking office, the President and members of Congress, and almost all other government officials take an oath of office. In that oath they promise to "support and defend the Constitution". In the case of the President, the oath specifies that they will "preserve, protect, and defend" the Constitution. (Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government)

Both of these instances are clearly represent situations where the individuals involved are violating their Oaths of Office. Yet, there are no consequences. It is the same as the representatives and senators who supported the January 6 insurrection and who should not be allowed to hold public office since they had sworn and oath to uphold the constitution. No accountability and no consequences. 

While some citizens are being held accountable for their actions on January 6, apparently congress is above the law. Representatives have been censured for speaking the truth, but none are being censured for breaking their oath of office. 

Be afraid, be very afraid. 

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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