“In America, every elected official is sworn into office with an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” For elected officials like myself, the Oath isn’t merely a trite recitation of empty words, but rather a resolute conviction to protect and preserve the constitutional rights and liberties of the citizens we represent in all circumstances—crisis or otherwise. Elected officials whose actions do not strictly adhere to the Oath with which they swore, even amidst the most dire of emergencies, are little more than modern day slave masters, viewing their constituents as mere serfs for governing.
Our nation’s founding fathers had a divinely keen understanding of the perversions of power and the exploitations of the men who wield it. Daniel Webster, one of our nation’s early leaders, perfectly noted the intent of the Constitution, and his commentary remains as valuable today as it did when he delivered in March of 1837.
“It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
Let me be exceedingly clear, nowhere in the Constitution or in an elected official’s Oath is there an exception made for times of emergency or crisis. In fact, in times like this it is a moral imperative that elected officials redouble their efforts to protect the People’s unalienable rights enshrined within our nation’s founding documents…”
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