Before elected officials assume their honored position of representing the people, they are required to swear an oath, and pen their signature to the written version. The sacredness of this covenant is marked by ceremony and meaningful pomp.
Every four years, we witness the very public swearing-in of the President during the inauguration. The Vice President also raises the right hand on the same day as the President. Traditionally, the Vice President also administers the oath for incoming senators in his role as President of the Senate.
Article VI of the United States Constitution reads, “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.” The highest office is the only one where specific wording is constitutionally required, “I 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.”
Both U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives take an oath that begins, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Legislators in the State of Colorado take an oath that reads, “I do solemnly swear by the everliving God, that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Colorado, and faithfully perform the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter.” The commonality for all of these oaths is an emphasis on supporting the U.S. Constitution.
I call attention to the state example of Colorado here because that is the epicenter of an imminent constitutional earthquake. The stress on the local tectonic plates began with a highly effective takeover of the Governor’s office along with the majority in both the State House and the State Senate. A targeted campaign, documented in the book The Blueprint, turned all of these strongholds from Republican to Democrat in a mere eight years.
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