“Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.” –James Madison.
As stated in my “About” section, I am a USAF veteran. When I enlisted, I took an Oath to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” When I took that oath in 2006, I did not put an expiration date on it. That oath is still very much a part of me. As a matter of fact, it is my oath that compels me to run for office.
While in uniform, foreign enemies of the Constitution seemed easily detectable, but it took me a while to come to grasp what the founders meant by “domestic enemies of the Constitution”. Can a Congressman, a Supreme Court Justice or even a President be an enemy of the Constitution? Who, exactly, is a “domestic enemy,” and how do we combat them? The answer is that all of these can qualify. I am truly saddened that I must protect and defend the Constitution from my own government, but I am bound by my oath to do so.
One way to defend the Constitution against these domestic enemies is to replace them with strict constitutionalists. I did not take an oath to obey the whim of the voters nor to uphold any court decision. I did not take an oath to serve the interests of the highest bidder, and I will not promise anything other than to protect your freedoms to the best of my ability. My oath is to the U.S. Constitution. I am unwavering in my stance on this. I will vote in accordance with the Constitution, in every situation, in every case, without exception.