Broken Oaths

Jan 30, 2019

To the Editor:

“Do you swear that you will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you God?” Every member of Congress whether freshmen or re-elected for the umpteenth time must swear allegiance to this oath upon the beginning of the two-year session of Congress.

With that in mind let’s take a look at those in office now or previously, and the percentages of times their votes adhered to that oath, according to records compiled by the Freedom Index, a function of the John Birch Society, the foremost organization and authority dedicated to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

In our area is District 2, formerly represented by Frank LoBiondo (now by Jeff Van Drew) with a score of 43 percent, and District 3, formerly held by Tom MacArthur (now by Andy Kim) with a score of 45 percent. Contrast that with our Senators Cory Booker, 20 percent, and Robert Menendez, a lowly 14 percent. Now let’s look at our party’s leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, 40 percent, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a whopping 8 percent. The average for the House was 32 percent and the Senate was 22 percent. There are only a precious few who are in the 90 percentiles (think Rand Paul). This is awful and unacceptable, yet we continue to elect those who routinely disobey the oath they have repeatedly sworn to uphold.

Elections matter, but following that up with contacting your representatives to make sure that they vote within the confines of the Constitution matter even more. Each time they disobey that oath puts another straw on the camel’s back (debt) and nibbles away at personal liberty. It remains to be seen how Van Drew or Kim will do by the Freedom Index. For my part I have already sent Congressman Van Drew a personal letter expressing my wishes that he live up to that oath.

On a side note, I have enjoyed recent commentaries by Sander Fox, a man I do not know but find his logic and knowledge of history to be grounded in truth, and would like to see more of the same.

James Spickard

Little Egg Harbor

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