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“Many people need desperately to receive this message. ‘I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people don’t care about them. You are not alone.’” –Kurt Vonnegut

When a new president is sworn into office he takes an oath. That oath is not a jumble of platitudinous words. When taken by the incoming president it is an affirmation that he swears to uphold the conditions of that oath. And those conditions were set down long ago by men of deep thought, extreme foresight and unshakable integrity.

Every one of our 44 presidents have had to repeat the 35-word oath before taking 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 .” (President Obama added “So help me God” at the end of the oath, but it is not required.)

In this writer’s opinion, the most important six words of the Presidential Oath are: “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” Why? Because these six words describe our most urgent need—and are paramount for a nation like America--- mainly for their sincerity of motives and the unchanging maintenance of principled governance.

Let us examine our need for these words:

To “preserve” the U.S. Constitution should be one of a President’s priorities. It means that he sees and understands the extreme care that’s been taken by our Founders to establish a nation-- unique in this world—of escaping the tyranny, kingships and dictators of the Old World. And he intends to preserve, at all costs, that unique lifestyle of freedom, liberty, and self-determination reflected in our Constitution. And that’s what a “good” presidents will do.

To “protect” our Constitution should be high on the President’s list of duties and obligations. To protect it, means that if detrimental factions attempt to weaken or remove words in the Constitution--- particularly the Bill of Rights---the rights of free speech, to have and bear arms, to be free of unreasonable searches, to peaceably assemble, and to redress government grievances, the President has sworn to “protect” our citizens from any encroachment of these rights. That’s what his oath demands.

To “defend” the Constitution demands that a president prevent foreign governments, one world organizations, or radical political elements from ignoring America’s principles and values, and in their place, instituting policies of subjugation, wealth redistribution, loss of sovereignty, Communism or Socialism,
globalism, abolition of private property, family, education and religion; all of which reject or oppose the Constitution’s essence, fundamentals, and self-evident truths--- the laws that have made America the envy of the world.

Most of our presidents have taken the Presidential Oath seriously. A few have not. Those who did not should never have been put in charge of a liberty-loving country and its citizens. And those who, today, still do not, are a danger to this nation, because they know better, but still insist on trying to destroy our most effective weapon against tyranny, from both without or within: the United States Constitution of America.

And finally, let us not forget these infamous words of Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union: “American is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”