Monday, August 02, 2004

What's in an oath, anyway?

"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."


This is the oath of office that each president takes in January following his election in the previous November. George Bush is a good, honest, religious Christian man, and I'm sure his oaths mean much to him. Not only that, but Sean Hannity has millions of people convinced that we have an honest man in the White House. Let's analyze that, shall we?

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States,..."


A failing government monopoly, Amtrak, was floudering yet again. In 2001, Bush funnelled millions of dollars into this useless program which fills a need that could much better be served in the private sector, forcing people in Alaska to pay for the commutes of people in Delaware. Organizations like Amtrak have no sanction in the Constitution, and are explicitly forbidden in the 9th and 10th amendments. George Bush signed off on it anyway.

Kinda makes you proud to be an American, don't it?

"...and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect..."


Whilst declaring that the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill was a blatant violation of the first amendment to the Constitution, George Bush signed it anyway.

Has George Bush ever vetoed a single bill in his three years in office? Has he moved to abolish the Department of Education, and unconstitutional agency that Ronald Reagan at least paid lip service to abolishing, or has Bush expanded it? You get three guesses.

"...and defend the Constitution of the United States."


But it will be so much worse if John Kerry gets elected! Actually, no, it won't. If Kerry gets elected, the Republicans will go back to opposing the big spending programs instead of initiating them. The examples I noted were just the tip of the iceberg.

Not only that, but we'll have a president whose last name is the Hebrew word for a bodily fluid.

You might think I'm cranky, but I'm actually enjoying this, because I know that no matter who wins this November, not a single damn thing is going to change, and I sorta get a kick out of the people who pretend otherwise.

So, since we have an honest man in the White House, we can be sure he wouldn't lie us into war, or do anything to cause us harm, right?

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