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Violating The Oath Of Office

`“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 taken by every person sworn in as President of the United States. It is simple, straight forward and direct in its purpose and intent and is the oath taken by every president from George Washington to Barrack Obama. 
It is taken in public and is intended to insure that The President will not only lead by example but will protect the very foundation on which the freedom of the people and their nation’s laws are based.
Every democracy in the world requires a similar oath be taken by its incoming Prime Ministers and Presidents and virtually no democracy in the world has a political leadership that has not turned its back on, and violated, that oath.
On March 28, 2011 the President made this declaration regarding illegal immigration.
“With respect to the notion that I can just
suspend deportations [of immigrants
brought here illegally as children]
through executive order, that’s just not the case,
because there are laws on the books
that Congress has passed.”
This declaration was consistent with his oath of office. In June of 2012, despite the fact that the law had not changed, the President announced that he was unilaterally over-ruling that law and in that announcement reversed not only his statement of the previous year but contradicted his sworn oath of office. This decision was not done for noble or even necessary means to protect the nation. It was done out of expediency to gain votes from the Latino community for his troubled reelection.
With this one act, this particular law no longer applies to 800,000 illegal immigrants almost all of whom are Latino.
It is one thing for  any political leader to attempt to have a law revised or struck down by democratic process. because they believe it is bad law. It is something else completely to use Executive Privilege to try and circumvent and ignore existing law in order to attract votes from a particular racial or other constituency. 
Leading Democrats, many in the media and others who support Barrack Obama have tried to justify this action, to legitimize it but at the end of the day, it is the President’s own words one year ago that underscore  the truth. He has knowingly and cynically ignored his own knowledge of the law and his sworn oath to uphold it in order to strengthen his reelection chances.
Nothing changed. The promise of change was made.
The promise of change was not kept.
He will not face sanctions for it unless it is at the ballot box. His supporters will turn a blind eye to the fact that their choice for president has in the end, proven himself to be no better than all of those politicians who went before him. They will accuse critics of the president of racism. They will rationalize, justify and legitimize his violation of the immigration act because in their eyes, the ends justify the means. Winning is everything and even breaking the law is acceptable if it means defeating the other side. They will do this because they do not vote for something, they vote against something else.
These people are no better than those they oppose. 
How anyone can convince themselves that this is the path to a better, more open and just society escapes me. Many will, however, and that is the primary reason why our governments and our politics continue to degenerate into cesspools of corrupt cynicism. If Richard Nixon was president today and Watergate was unfolding, he would not face impeachment. Instead, his actions would be defended, rationalized and legitimized by members of his party, sympathetic members of the mainstream media and his side of a highly polarized electorate.

We cling to ideologies and those who represent them to the point that too many of us can justify anything done on our side, no matter how unethical, self-serving or illegal. The power to ignore and even violate the oath of office and to undermine our constitutions comes from us through our willingness to support those who lie to us and who treat our democratic governments with such disrespect.

President Obama’s election was more of mania than an informed choice. He was young, cool and promised change in which people could believe. He has not delivered.

His handling of the economy has been mixed at best, his health care reform has been challenged in the Supreme Court and parts, if not all, of it may be struck down.  He presided over the Fast & Furious scandal that violated the sovereignty of a foreign nation and which led to the unnecessary death of two American and countless Mexican citizens. He has not united the nation, he has divided it. He did not close Guantanamo as he promised, he perpetuated it and he did not change the  unethical and even illegal tactics and policies of the Republican administration that went before him, he continued them, expanded on many and as with Fast and Furious, implemented some of his own.
By any system of measurement, he has failed to live up to what he promised when he campaigned for president.
Now, like so many before him,  he is violating his own sworn oath of office in contradiction of his own declaration about this specific law a year ago. This president promised a new and better way of leading his country. In the end, when his reelection was on the line, he opted for the same cheap opportunism and dishonest politics of those he criticized. 
This isn’t leadership. It is expediency at the expense of leadership and the constitution, the laws of his nation and the integrity of his office. He has not only failed to live up to the promise that was Barrack Obama, he has failed to even try.
Those who are voting for Barrack Obama, or any candidate who has lied, bent the law for their personal benefit or proven themselves to be unethical, would do well to think about that before they cast their ballot. 
Sadly, as with most countries these days, I doubt many will and the continuing erosion of integrity in government and of our democracies around the world will continue.

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  • http://grumpyelder.com/ Grumpyelder

    Joan Vinall-Cox

    As I believe I just pointed out he’s in violation of the US Constitution regardless..

    Look at it another way- depending on the estimates on any given day– in the last 30 years between 15 and 20% of the entire population of Mexico has illegally entered the United States– Suppose 20% of the US population decided to sneak into Canada and demand amnesty and control of your government

  • http://grumpyelder.com/ Grumpy

    Anonymous Not sure how to break this to you but the President is obligated by the Constitution to “take care that the laws be be faithfully executed” Article III Section 3, He is grated no discretionary pick and choose options. Inability or (by implication) refusal to perform his duties is grounds for removal under article 2 Section 1… Also if you know anything about history, to breach an oath was considered a very serious matter by the folks that gave us the Constitution..

    Great job Bear, I’m going to Feature it today

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      Thanks Grump

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07054812627103822788 Joan Vinall-Cox

    I used to think you were interesting, but your research is poor and you probably watch Fox. If you look at the whole video this quote is from, you will find that Obama continued on and said he might do exactly what he ended up doing. This is editing to lie!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      Saying that he might break a law after he has stated that it would be illegal for him to do so does not suddenly legitimize breaking the law. This is a question of character and values both of which are missing in the leadership of all political parties. For the record, I don’t watch Fox. I find them as biased as the CBC, Sun Media and MSNBC. I’m as tired of being lied to and manipulated by the mainstream media as I am by politicians and their blindly partisan supporters.

  • Anonymous

    There’s nothing in the US constitution about enforcing xenophobic immigration laws. Executive privilege is an established tool to prioritize scarce resources. That’s why not every speeder is punished to the max. This is one of Obama’s very few good decisions.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      Your comment is precisely the kind rationalization that empowers and enables politicians to ignore the law. You don’t agree with this law, therefore the president is right to violate it even though he himself stated he could and would not a year ago.

      You claim the law is xenophobic while ignoring the simple reality that it gives illegal aliens an advantage over those who are applying to legally immigrate. There is nothing xenophobic about upholding a legal process for immigration to a country nor is it racist to criticize the violation of that law.

      When the political leadership of a country, regardless of political affiliation, ignores selective laws as duly constituted by the government of the people, it creates a disregard for the law. The president, like leaders in every democracy, is sworn to defend against that from happening.

      Rationalizing his decision because you happen to support him is just one more example of how partisan we have become. When winning is more important than defending the law, the very principles on which the country is founded are eroded.

      It begs the question as to whether or not you will be so forgiving the next time a Republican President breaks a law as so many have in the past.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17314193532768891832 Joe

    Does anyone have evidence that Obama actually took the oath of office? The one he did in public was null and void because he screwed up the lines. Supposedly he recited the correct version in private.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14799369572979165203 Pissedoff

    Those lefties saying it is ok because repubs before him did it are the first to complain in Canada if tories say well libs did it before. Hypocrites all.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      You are absolutely correct. It is a perpetual ugly circle of back and forth that is not confined to any one democracy or any one political ideology.

    • Anonymous

      The only difference is in Canada, Harper ran on a promise that he would not do as the Liberals did and would have a more accountable government.
      I expect party politicians to lie to get in power. But I will hold those who not only break their oaths of office, but also make personal promises to be different; to a much higher standard.
      If a main plank of your campaign is transparency, openness and honesty; then you better live up to that pledge. Harper specifically pledged to be different and promised this and more and failed.
      To point this out does not make one a lefty.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      I’m more conservative by nature than liberal but I absolutely agree with your point. PM Harper has failed to live up to his promise of transparent and open government. He has shown a serious contempt for the opposition parties and their role in Parliament and, therefore, contempt for our democracy and the people of the country. Criticizing him for it does not make anyone liberal or conservative, it means you demand more integrity from our elected leaders than most of them display.

  • Anonymous

    A good post, timely Bear and honest.
    Whatever someones motivation for calling Obama’s actions is absouletly irrevelant.
    Full Stop.
    This is just plain wrong, he is breaking his oath of office.
    To attempt to call someone names such as “racist” is as phony as Obama’s made up resume’, family history, and “accomplishments”.
    He has been a disaster for America, and the world.
    Just my opinion.
    Bubba

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      I don’t hold Barrack Obama in any less disrepute than I did George W. Bush or prime ministers like Stephen Harper and Jean Chretien of Canada or Berlusconni of Italy. It is the lack of ethics, the broken promises and the violation of the oath of office each took to uphold the law that disgusts me.

      Race, religion, culture have nothing to do with it and accusing critics of unethical and illegal behaviour of being racist merely betrays the weakness of the accuser’s opinion and knowledge.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16751766359100997747 valens

      isn’t what obama did, which has happened before more about making a generation of americans citizens rather than illegal in their own country?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      If the law is wrong, fix the law don’t break it. If President Obama felt so strongly about the illegal immigration situation that he felt it necessary to break the law, he would have done that a year ago instead of declaring that he could not because it was illegal. He only broke it this year to pander to a particular block of voters in order to shore up his election campaign and that cheapens democracy and the law. It was not done to make things better for a group of people, it was done to make things better for him and that is nothing but cynical politics which he promised he would change.

  • Anonymous

    The problem as I see it is that there is no choice. Every candidate will swear to uphold the constitution & law, reverse the evil-doing the last government perpetrated, and bring in fresh ideas. Each and everyone of them is lying. They know they’re lying & if you don’t know they’re lying after all these years, then you are a sucker. Every incumbent in every office should be voted out everytime there’s an election no matter if they’re good or bad. After about 3 elections maybe they’ll get the message.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      I absolutely agree with you which is what prompted this piece. I think it is absurd to see so many clinging to the illusion of a President who in the end has turned out to be exactly like all those who preceded him. Continuing to reelect those who have demonstrated a cynical lack of integrity only perpetuates the degeneration of our democracy. If we stopped this blind partisanship and started voting based values rather than empty promises, we might eventually educate politicians to change their ways.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

    Notice About Leaving A Comment

    Comments are welcome and encouraged on A Bear’s Rant including those which do not agree with my position on an issue. We do not edit or change comments left by readers and make every effort to respond to each one.

    Having said that:

    Do not leave a comment if you lack the values to apply the same standards and criticism to your preferred candidate that you apply to the candidates on the opposite side of the political spectrum.

    Do not leave a comment if you are too lazy or too stupid to actually inform yourself of the facts before you formulate your opinion.

    Do not leave a comment if the best you can do is accuse me of being a racist because I have criticized Barrack Obama. I have criticized both conservative and liberal politicians and their race, religion, culture and hair colour are irrelevant to me. I am only interested in their integrity.

    Do not leave a comment if you are so blindly partisan that you can justify any unethical or illegal act by whomever you support. You clearly fail to understand that you are part of the problem that is undermining our political systems in democracies around the world.

    Do not leave a comment if any of these apply to you because you are a fool and have nothing of value to bring to the discussion and the debate. I don’t suffer fools lightly. Your comment will simply be deleted.

  • Anonymous

    obama should be impeached for more than just his fake amnesty. i doubt there are enough congress people with courage to kick the crook to the road.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      There aren’t enough Democrats prepared to stand up for the constitution and for the respect of law, just as there weren’t enough Republicans willing to do the same thing when it was their guy in the White House who violated his oath of office.

  • CanadianDan

    Neat. Racists disguising their racist reality in their disrespect for a black president are always so mature.

    The BS at the end about being lied to is priceless! Your last president lied to get you into a war FFS!

    Mind you, he was a good ol’ boy from Texas, and would surely put them Mexicans in their place.

    Its sad when a Canadian has to come here and school you, but your supposed ( because , really, no offense, but you sound like a polite racist ) main point is wrong.

    The president can do exactly what he did. He did not “break the law”, he set priorities.

    The same ones Ronald reagan did with Cubans, and I would wager you called him a hero for it!

    Now you bitch in the comments that the “president promised change” but did not give it to you? He did almost everything he said he would with the most obstruction ist Congress in your country’s history.

    Thats a fact. If you are upset about teh DREAM act not being passed, blame the GOP. After months of arm twisting and politicking, the act got through, all the way to the Senate. It was voted in 55 to 45.

    Yet that clear majority, after a clearer majority in Congress, was not enough for a couple good ol boy Senators who filibustered it to death!

    Those are facts “Bear”. Don’t act all high minded about it.

    • Anonymous

      there is nothing about obama that can be respected. it is not racisim to be disgusted with a presidents policies and destruction of the constitution.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      The comment before yours pretty much proves my point. I have a step-daughter of mixed race, two Japanese nieces, black cousins and this idiot calls me a racist because I am tired of politicians lying to us and people like him justifying it.

      I don’t hold one party more righteous than the other and stated that in my piece but Obama claimed to be something different than all the liars and high-flyers that went before him and many bought into that. He has turned out to be no different, no better than all the others and that is not something worth defending by anyone.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16751766359100997747 valens

    think if you check your history dear, ronald reagan did exactly the same thing

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      What a ridiculous argument. The idea that because someone else was unethical or broke the law is somehow justification for the person they support doing the same thing is absurd and the primary reason we are in the mess we are in.

      The point of this piece is that I am tired of seeing our democracies being eroded by dishonest and cynical politicians regardless of political stripe. I am tired of being lied to and I am definitely tired of the weak-minded supporters who cling to their candidate regardless of what he or she does or what that might do to the integrity of our democracies.

    • Anonymous

      no he did not. congress was with him.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      The law was not changed and remains on the books. If the President will not respect the law, who will? His own words from a year ago prove the point that this was done for cynical purposes, not because it may be the right thing to do. It is a disgrace but what is more disgraceful is how many people are willfully blind to the erosion of their societies by this lack of integrity. It is small wonder that democracies around the world are under assault.