The oath to be taken by the president on first entering office is specified in Article II, Section 1, of the 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.”
When I heard those words spoken by our current president for the second time, I have to wonder what actually he is thinking about when reciting that oath other than some words he must repeat while being sworn in by the chief justice of the United States.
Is the president hanging on every word of importance, which is each and every word? I would like to believe he did, but his actions immediately after the oath speak differently. The president seemed to just mouth the words rather than speak them with reverence and truly understanding their meaning. “Faithfully execute the office of President of the United States to the best of my ability” seems to have garnered a meaning unlike the intended meaning of our forefathers. That faithful execution of the office of the president is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. What we actually see happening is a president that executes the office of the president by preserving, protecting and defending any big business foreign or domestic that caters to his personal agenda.
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While the president is executing the office of the president, the Constitution of the United States appears to get in the way of his personal objectives. One cannot protect and defend the Constitution by altering the Bill of Rights (Amendments) and destroying the very country that is the basis for that Constitution. Occupying the office of the presidency is a privilege given by the people of this country through election. It is not a privilege to be taken lightly.
The president, along with his administration, is supposed to preserve, protect and defend the citizens of this country against any and all aggressors both foreign and domestic. What is actually happening is that the current president and his administration, as well as those in the past, is on a collision course for disaster. It appears that there is a major misunderstanding by these college grads turned politicians relative to borrowing money to pay for the interest payments of the national debt as well as the operation of an ever expanding government.
In order for this administration to execute the office of the presidency with their own personal agendas, and those of big business, they are trying to change the language of the amendments within the Constitution or eliminate certain amendments that get in the way. What this all truly means is that in my opinion when the president is reciting that oath, he is simply mouthing words that mean absolutely nothing to him.
The writer lives in Conway.