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The Oath of Office
to "Support and Defend"

[COMMENT:   Here is the oath taken (in this or some similar form) by the police, military, and civil officers of the United States, both federal, state, and (I think) local. 

The two parenthetical insertions "(constitutional and lawful)" are, I suppose, addenda by some commentator to emphasize the quotes below.  Just bearing an office does not make one's commands legitimate.  Those commands must be consistent with the Constitution and with the Declaration of Independence upon which the Constitution is built.  The Declaration supplies the worldview framework for the Constitution, which is a Biblical worldview. 

Following the oath are some relevant quotes.   

The primary enemies of the Constitution are (and probably always have been) domestic, those who seek to centralize government and thus destroy the very limitations which help to guarantee the freedom of the people, and those who seek to remove our government out from under the sovereign Hand of God, thus destroying the legitimacy of our government.   (See Biblical Government

Supporters and believers in ordered freedom must recover our Biblical worldview and Political Good News -- that not only our personal salvation freedom comes from God, but equally, and based on our salvation freedom, our public and political freedom comes from God.  That is true both historically and logically.    E. Fox]
 

"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 (CONSTITUTIONAL AND LAWFUL) ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE (CONSTITUTIONAL AND LAWFUL) ORDERS OF THE OFFICERS APPOINTED OVER ME, ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS AND THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. SO HELP ME GOD."
All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void." Marbury vs. Madison, 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 164, 176. (1803)
"Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them." Miranda vs. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491.
"An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed."  Norton vs. Shelby County, 118 US 425, 442.

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Date Posted -  006/15/2009   -   Date Last Edited - 09/15/2012