Sunday, April 19, 2009
I am a former Navy Chief Petty Officer and Army National Guard SFC (retired). Like so many here, I take my oath seriously. I am still subject to call up and plan to do whatever is necessary to keep my oath, and the oath of an Oath Keeper. I have passed this on to my fellow shipmates from ships I served on, as well as fellow veterans and ARNG personnel I served with.
I have long believed that our oath is a "Bi-Partate" oath, and the primary part of the oath, "I, Mark Pfeiffer, do solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same" was pre-eminent to the secondary part of the oath, "to obey the orders of the president and officers appointed over me".
If those orders are unconstitutional, then we are required by our oath to oppose them, even to the point of whatever it takes, if necessary. Just as a law enforcement officer (I was that, too) knows that citizens have the right to oppose what amounts to malfeasance, that is illegal actions by those in authority under the color of law, even to the point of using force if necessary.
I am honored and proud to stand beside my brothers and sisters in and out of uniform who believe our Constitution is worth honoring and standing/fighting for. I am also honored to be able to take the Oath Keepers Oath as well.