By Miles Jaye
Seventy (70) days from today, the 20th day of January 2021, the 46th President of the United States of America, presumably Joseph Biden, will take the 59th thirty-five-word, Presidential Oath of Office. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will 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.”
Malarkey! Nonsense! Thirty-five meaningless utterances when spoken by less than honorable men.
“I do solemnly swear?” A solemn oath or promise, is as serious a promise as one can make, and the right hand on the Holy Bible of a dishonorable man does nothing to straighten his crooked heart. His hollow promises remain void of any value, and his true nature renders such promises dead on arrival.
Judge not the oath, but the man. A 135-word oath from the depraved, deprived of virtue, integrity, principles, and good-character, could bear no true solemnity, dignity or sincerity. A corrupted heart recognizes nothing as sacred. “I will execute the Office of the President of the United States” means exactly what? That’s a fancy way of saying I will do my job, but what precisely is the job, and might we add the word “faithfullyexecute?” Faithfully suggests loyalty, diligence, but what exactly is the job?
In 70 days, we will hear another man recite the Presidential Oath, a promise to a nation not known for keeping its promises. Oaths mean nothing where there is no trust.Promises to a child have no meaning if the child has known nothing but lies. But, where there is trust, oaths have their place and their power.
Alexandre Dumas’ “Three Musketeers” made popular the famous 7-word oath, “All for one, and one for all.” It was a pledge of loyalty, allegiance and solidarity. Men throughout history have lived and died by oaths. Secret Societies and Gangsters pledge oaths. Popes, Cardinals and Bishops take oaths. Policemen, Judges, Prosecutors and elected officials swear oaths. New citizens all raise their hands and swear oaths.
The notion that Donald Trump placed his hand on a Holy Bible and swore an oath is detestable to me.
That he now, in defiance of the Constitution he swore to uphold, refuses to honor it by accepting his defeat in a lawful national election is an inexcusable breach of that oath. That William Barr, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and other Trump loyalists also pledged and breached oaths of office is not only disheartening but harmful to our Democracy.
It is my hope, as it is my prayer, that in 70 days when Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris take their respective oaths of office, they prove to be more faithful to their oaths of office. I want to trust and believe they will keep their promises, honor their oaths, and more effectively preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States than their predecessors.
That’s what’s on my mind!