“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; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
I almost think I don’t need to write anything else. This speaks for itself, does it not?
The Constitution has little to no value if those in power don’t respect it or follow it. It’s OUR job to hold them accountable to it, but it’s THEIR job to support it and follow it.
This small clause of the Constitution is commonly overlooked, and yet so critical. Think about it. We don’t live in a Democratic Republic, a democracy, or even just a Republic. We live in a Constitutional Republic.
This distinction is so small and yet so critical. If we lived in a Democratic Republic or a democracy, the final source of authority over government would be the voice of the people.
But, guess what?
The U.S. citizenry is not the final source of authority over the government. The people of the United States are just as likely to fall prey to emotions, selfish behavior, irrational behavior, and worse, meaning, we could very easily demand that government do things that could hurt fellow citizens, damage liberty or violate our private property.
Popular opinion or majority control does not equal good or right. Many times, as in German history, going with popular opinion has resulted in some of the worst crimes against humanity.
Humans are humans own worst enemies, whether in government or not.
So, no. We don’t live in a Democratic Republic. WE the people are NOT the final source of review and power. WE are not government’s job description. Our opinions and emotions are also arbitrary.
Our representatives don’t take an oath to uphold public opinion, or their own ideology, or their party line, they take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States.
They take an oath to protect US from ourselves if we should ever demand for government to do something outside of their Constitutional confines. They take an oath to protect US from themselves if they ever want to do something outside of their Constitutional confines.
And notice, this oath is taken by every single politician in all levels of government. The founders were that intent on establishing its supremacy.
The Constitution reigns supreme and this small clause in Section VI of our Constitution spells this reality out.
It’s OUR job to remind our representatives of THIER job and of THEIR oath.
There is nothing more critical for preserving liberty.
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