Vexing The Soul
Vol: 105 Issue: 23 Wednesday, June 23, 2010
All officers of the United States government from the President of the United States down to the newest Marine Corps recruit take an oath of office that binds them to obedience to the law of the land.
The presidential oath of office is administered by the Chief Justice of the United States on Inauguration Day, amidst much pomp and circumstance, as prescribed by Article Two, Section One, Clause Eight of the United States Constitution:
“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.”
All members of Congress must also swear an oath before being seated, also in accordance with the Constitution. The first Congress swore a simple, 14 word oath;
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States.”
Congress being what it is, tinkered with it off and on until 1884 when it adopted the current oath of office taken by members of both Houses upon being seated:
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.”
All executive and judicial officers of the United States, as well as all Federal government employees except the military swear exactly the same oath.
Members of the United States military swear a similar oath, adding an oath of obedience to ranking officers and the UCMJ;
“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; 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.”
There are two things I want you to take note of about the United States federal oath of office. First, it is an oath of allegiance to the United States Constitution and the rule of law. Secondly, the oath does not expire.
The military oath of office requires service members to disobey unlawful orders as defined by the UCMJ because the law is supreme. “I was just obeying orders” is no defense to prosecution for breaking the law.
Civilian federal employees are bound by oath to both obey and support the Constitution (and the Rule of Law) and to discharge the duties of their respective offices in accordance with the law.
There is no provision in the oath of office whereby federal officials can pick and choose which laws to enforce and which to ignore.
The federal oath of office is not ceremonial, but is legally binding. Violating the oath of office is a federal criminal office punishable by removal from office and a prison term.
Over the weekend, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona told his constituents that President Obama told him in a private one-on-one meeting that the reason he would not secure the border with Mexico was because it would damage his push for what the White House calls ‘comprehensive immigration reform’.
It is a variation on organized crime’s ‘protection racket’ whereby, “if you don’t cooperate, something bad might happen to you.”
Obama’s deputy press secretary Dan Burton responded for the administration by directly calling Kyl a liar. “The President didn’t say that and Senator Kyl knows it,” Burton told the White House press corps.
It is significant that the denial was not issued by Obama personally. There were only two men in that room and Burton was not one of them.
In any case, the administration’s record speaks much more loudly than Burton’s denial.
And in case one is inclined to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, a commercial starring Obama’s Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis explicitly backs the sentiment allegedly expressed to Senator Kyl by the President.
In the commercial, Secretary Solis informs workers of the federal minimum wage and says all workers “have a right” to be fairly compensated for their labor, including those working illegally!
Solis encourages illegal workers to report violations of minimum wage laws, essentially promising them amnesty from existing federal immigration laws when blowing the whistle.
“You work hard, and you have the right to be paid fairly. … It is a serious problem when workers in this country are not being paid every cent they earned. Remember: Every worker in America has a right to be paid fairly – whether documented or not. Call us. It is free and confidential. We can help.”
The commercial was done in both English and Spanish. One hardly knows where to begin to try and unravel this knot.
It is illegal under federal law to hire “undocumented workers” in the first place. Employers that hire illegal aliens face stiff federal penalties. By working in the United States illegally, the employee is breaking federal law. By hiring him, the employer is breaking federal law.
Federal law imposes a legally-binding obligation on all federal employees to both obey and enforce existing federal law. It is a federal crime for a federal official to advocate violation of any federal law, including immigration law.
Judicial Watch reported in April that the Labor Department deployed 1000 new field investigators to enforce;
“labor and wage laws in industries that typically hire lots of illegal aliens without reporting anyone to federal immigration authorities.”
The federal government’s position then, is that illegal aliens working for wages is in violation of federal law have a right to be fairly compensated under one federal law for breaking another federal law.
A position which is itself a federal crime.
Widespread lawlessness is one of the hallmarks of the last days. The Apostle Paul calls the antichrist the ‘lawless one.’ In warning of the perilous times to come in the last days, Paul offers this description of the prevailing social conditions of that time:
“men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2nd Timothy 3:1-6)
Both the Lord and the Apostle Peter likened the last days of the Church Age to the last days of Sodom and Gomorrah.
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. . . Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26,29)
“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)” (2nd Peter 2:6-8)
That these passages address the Church Age can be determined by their context. In both references, Lot and his family (representing the Church) dwelt among the lawless (representing the lost) vexing Lot’s soul, until they were delivered from judgment.
“ . . . so also shall it be in the days of the Son of Man.” (Luke 17:26)
The lawlessness of the Obama administration is stunning in its scope. Glenn Beck runs a regular feature called “Crime, Inc.” in which he connects the dots that demonstrate a criminal enterprise of breath-taking proportions, all the while daring the administration to correct the record.
To date, they have not.
Glenn Beck’s program reaches more viewers every day than almost any other news program. According to the Neilson ratings, Glenn Beck’s total market share is 2124 as compared to Wolf Blitzer’s 436 share in the same time slot.
Beck crushes Shep Smith, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Sustern . . . only the “O’Reilly Factor” has a larger viewing audience than does Glenn Beck.
So what Beck is exposing in his Crime Inc. segments paints a picture of the United States government as being taken over by a Chicago crime family. And it is undisputed by the White House.
Not one of the other cable news programs on any network (including Fox) have picked up on Beck’s allegations. Not one. If anything, Beck has become the object of ridicule and derision.
Not a single mainstream news organization or journalist (including Bill O’Reilly) has investigated Beck’s charges. The only logical reason that makes sense is that it is out of fear that the charges Beck’s hurling around are all true.
As if to confirm that suspicion, the uber-liberal Salon recently said this in a hit piece about Glenn Beck’s ‘mysterious’ popularity:
“Given Beck’s often apocalyptic worldview, especially since President Obama was inaugurated, I think it’s fair to ask: What does his newfound popularity say about America and about Americans’ current attitudes? I doubt the answer’s one many of us want to hear.”
Funny, that’s what the Apostle Paul said, too.
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” -(2nd Thessalonians 2:10-12)
It isn’t that they don’t know the truth — or they would be investigating it if for no other reason but to prove Beck wrong.
That explains why, as the Salon piece points out, they don’t want to hear it. They know the truth.
They just prefer the lie.