Monthly Archives: September 2015

US Federal Oaths

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Basically the same oath sworn by all Federal employees.  Without fealty, dedication and the courage to follow-through it means nothing.

Oath History

“The history of the Oath for Federal employees can be traced to the Constitution, where Article II includes the specific oath the President takes – to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Article VI requires an oath by all other government officials from all three branches, the military, and the States. It simply states that they “shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution.” The very first law passed by the very first Congress implemented Article VI by setting out this simple oath in law: “I do solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States.””

Current Oath Taken by Federal Civilian Service Personel:
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all 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 well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

5 U.S.C. §3331

Military:
The Oath of Enlistment (for enlisted):

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

The Oath of Office (for officers):

“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the _____ (Military Branch) of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

The Presidential Oath of Office

“I, <name>, 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.”

Franklin Pierce was the only president known to use the word affirm and not swear.

The Congressional Oath of Office

At the start of each new Congress, the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are sworn into office.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all 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 well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
The Oath of Office for Federal Judges

The Judiciary Act of 1789, established an extra oath taken by federal judges:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me, according to the best of my abilities and understanding, agreeably to the Constitution, and laws of the United States. So help me God.”
The Oath of Office for Civil Service Employees

The Constitution not only establishes our system of government, it actually defines the work role for Federal employees – “to establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty.”

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Russia is Finally Pulling Ahead in the Middle East

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I think Mr. Putin is a very wise & cunning man.  See the world oil production map below.  If Putin can bring the various militants including ISIS to heel, he will have control over a huge portion of that world oil production.  He has backed Iran for years along with Syria.  As Obama has frittered-away US influence Russia has worked hard to fill the void.

The top 10 oil producing countries are: US, Saudi, Russia, China, Canada, UAE, Iran, Iraq, Brazil & Mexico.  These countries have little or no skin in the middle east now.  China is a major purchaser but likely has prior agreements with Russia.  The US no longer has leadership worth consideration.

With a solid grasp of middle eastern oil and north African producers, Russia will have all of Europe in the palm of their hand.  Between Russia and China they will control energy for all Asia and Japan (unless Australia develops and sells crude to Japs).

That pretty well wraps up the eastern hemisphere folks with deployment of very few troops.  Putin is playing in a big game.  But, he has a time frame: 18-24 months.  US is out of play until after the presidential elections.  Even then, allowing the isolationist bent of many voters, there may be no effort (I would bet none) in re-entering the middle eastern quagmire.

In today’s world economic control is by far preferable to military control.  A handful of militants can wreak havoc.  Kill the krap out of a few terrorists, turn over control to a very heavy-handed dictator and you can name your price.

“Anchor Babies”

My two-bits:

As far as I can find through research, the “anchor baby” theory is based upon interpretation of the 14th Amendment and the 1965 Immigration Act.

Both legal scholars and the courts are sharply divided on the issue of the 14th Amendment (that is, allowing for/against the legal status of anchor babies).  The author of the amendment, Senator Jacob Howard, made it clear his intent was not creating citizens ship for the children of illegal aliens.  “U.S. Senator Lyman Trumbull, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, supported this view, arguing that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” meant “not owing allegiance to anybody else and being subject to the complete jurisdiction of the United States.”

Considering this current interpretation of the 14th Amendment is both recent and likely very political in nature, I would not bet the farm on it being permanent.

The 1965 Immigration Act was just that, an act of Congress.  It is subject to change whenever a majority of Congress desires it.

Where does all this leave the anchor babies?  According to statute, at the age of 21 the child can invoke their right to citizenship.  The can further, after fulfilling all necessary legal hoops, can sponsor other family members.  The catch is at 21 they must claim and prove (a simple birth certificate is proof) their rights to citizenship.  So, for the first 21 years neither parent nor child has legal status.  Families have been and often are removed from US soil.

Being an anchor baby is both a long-shot at best (21 years) and certainly no “quick fix”.  Children already born under this legal situation would likely be “grandfathered-in” under future changes, but there is not even the guarantee of that.

The Warriors Gate

When in Vietnam we often wondered if there might be a special Warriors Gate for us.  Normally when a GI went down they were encrusted in mud or soaked by monsoon rains, perhaps even slimmed stinky green from the canals.  Death there was never easy, nice, or clean.  The arms of war create horrible havoc upon the human body.

So, we just wondered if there might be some special place they sneak us in before we could clean up.  Actually, the number one question was if we could pass the gates.  True it was not our war; it belonged to our respective countries.  But we did awful things in prosecuting it.  We all knew the cruel blood upon our souls.  Our Chaplains assured us that our place in the Heavenly Halls was assured..

So we spoke in hushed tones of the Warriors Gate and hoped, when it came time, longed to hear the clear clarion voice upon the crystal air, “Open the gate!  There is a Warrior outside and his brothers here wish to welcome him in their arms.

Rebirthing

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Yes indeed, Americans are extremely efficient in eradicating everything in sight.  We got rid of a good many native species.  Now it seems we are in the business repopulating them.

Wolves, wild turkeys, and bear are the big successes.  Buffalo once again roam the plains.  We’ve even reintroduced bugs here & there.  Logging has been banned on huge tracts of land due to the spotted owl.  Big dam projects stopped due to ,tiny fish and other dams ripped-out because of endangered species.

Latest news is scientists are now going to recall long extinct creatures from ancient DNA specimens.  Mastodon, mammoth, and the eternal nightmare, a saber tooth tiger make the short list.  Passenger pigeon, giant beavers, giant sloth and God knows what other animals, birds, reptiles and bugs are in the works.

It’s all exciting and a bit scary at the same time.  Messing with mother nature is always dangerous.  But, hell, we have always done just that.  It’s who we are…it’s what we do best.