On reading the important stuff, like say the Constitution

The Oaths of Enlistment and the Oath of Commission in the Armed Forces of the United States both include the line:

I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;

That’s a powerful statement. I’ve repeated those words on enlistment myself. You’ll support it, you’ll defend it.  Maybe even at the cost of your own life.

Whether or not you’ve sworn to that line or not:

Have you read the Constitution of the United States?  The whole thing?

Seems like something we should be reading don’t you think?

2 thoughts on “On reading the important stuff, like say the Constitution

  1. I tried reading it when I visited the National Archives a couple weeks ago (even stood in line outside in the rain for an hour and a half), but it’s all faded, and you can’t make any of it out. I say forget about it 😉 – heck, it’s old, and that’s what we do with old things in this country, right? 😉
    On a serious note, I don’t think there are many in this country who have read it since constitution class in, what, seventh grade? Oh, sure, we can all quote the right to free speach, or to bare arms (or is that arm bears?). Good blog post!


  2. Of course I’ve read it and am even nerdy enough to have my very own copy (I know you’re not surprised.) I’m beginning to think you shouldn’t be allowed to vote if you haven’t read it.


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