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Under Oath
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1. Many people say that the golfer guy should be required to testify under oath. Or the golfer guy's kid. Or somebody. Mitch crookeder-than-a-dog's-hind-leg McConnell. Any of them. Under Oath.
Theoretically they couldn't lie and get away with it.
2. The person who wears the title President of the United States, and who has been inaugurated in accordance with our Constitution, is under oath every day until his term in office ends.
The same exact kind of "under oath."
3. Lay your hand on your sacred book (if it were me it would have to be a dictionary) and swear to the following:
Article II Section 1 paragraph 8: “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.”
5. Either under oath counts or it doesn't.
Don't tell me that "Will you tell the truth the whole truth one nothing but the truth swelp yoogod" "Yes."
"The witness may be seated."
is any more binding an oath than
6. Under Article VI of the same document we find the following text: 3: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States,
6a. shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
7. "Shall be bound by oath or affirmation..."
Under oath. Swelp Meegod. Holy Book. The whole nine yards.
My friends, the obligations our government has to the specific words of the Constitution is as absolute as the requirement to speak truth in a court of law.
8. At this point I want state unequivocally: I am not a Constitutional Scholar with certifications and documents and publications. I am a reasonably literate high school graduate with a link:
9. I'm not saying this to be modest, nor to criticize formally educated Constitutional experts, but to say to you: If you can read my tweets you can understand your Constitution. You can become a genuine, in functioning terms, Constitutional expert, by reading it a few times.
10. The Constitution is the rules. It is clearly written in plain, if archaic, English. There's not a word in it that I can't find clearly defined in my 1970-model, Webster's New World Dictionary, Second College Edition.
This is how I do it.
11. Our government is our servants. They are literally under oath to follow this clear set of rules. The person bearing the position of president has broken the clear language over and over.
12. The fourth and final section of Article II of your personal Constitution under which you empower elected people to govern you consists of one sentence:
13: Section 4
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
14. Shall be.
OK, so what's "impeachment"?
15: Impeach: 1: To challenge or discredit (a person's honor, reputation, etc.) 2. To challenge the practices or honesty of; accuse; esp., to bring (a public official) before the proper tribunal on a charge of wrongdoing. Syn: accuse- source, the above referenced paper dictionary.
16. So every weekend the golfer guy goes to one of his businesses, and the United States government gives him money for various goods and services, and everybody is just jolly and ain't it grand...
17. All. Of. These. People.
Are under oath.
An oath every bit as binding as the one you take to testify.
All right, tell me: By what right are these people occupying their offices?
If you commit perjury they don't make you the judge.
18. OK, all together now:
Hold your nose and say out loud, "It's political."
Now that we've got that out of the way:
Under oath means "Behavior not optional."
Under oath means, "I solemnly swear to act in specific, empirical, measurable ways.
19. "Political" means, "About government."
Yes, doing things to remain in power is "political."
Because it is about governing.
It is not the only thing about governing.
There's also, for instance, applying legal sanctions against citizens who violate oaths given in court.
21. Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath.
You know the story.
You know why he thought he could get away with it?
Because everybody blew off their oaths of office like they were whistles.
22. In for a little, in for a lot. People live by their standards.
Maybe we oughta hold them to higher standards.
They are all Under Oath.
They are all violating their oaths.
I submit that it matters.
--Jeff McFadden out.
By the way, if you'd like a nice romp through the United States Constitution, word for word, base document only, with comments by me (30K+ words) here it is:…
Beating a dead horse dept:
To challenge or discredit a person's honor, reputation, etc
that's definition 1 of impeach.
To challenge the practices or honesty of a person
That's definition 2.
He has no honor. He has no honesty. His practices are corrupt.
Dead Horse 2.
He's a criminal outside of office. Ask the attorney general of new york.
He's a criminal. Everybody knows it.
Paul Ryan is under oath.
Bob Goodlatte is under oath.
We do have a third branch of government.
What if the swing vote was for the Constitution?
Dead Horse 3: long ago in a faraway land...…
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