Sept. 17 is Constitution Day. To honor this day, I thank those in our community who've raised their right hands and pledged, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against 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 and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So, help me God.”
I note that there's no period of performance or escape clause in this solemn pledge. When we committed, we committed for life. Most of us took this oath as young lads and lasses joining the military. When joining the military, one isn't pledging allegiance to the president or even to the government. It's a pledge to a document, a concept of government that promises freedom and liberty.
As I get older, this oath becomes more dear to me. I don't understand how people who've taken that pledge can ignore the document upon which our country's greatness was built, in favor of some nebulous socialist dogma.