The Missing Words in Our Declaration of Independence, Oath of Office, & US Citizenship Oath

 "I hereby declare, on oath, that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic”-Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to USA 

sheetcakeYesterday, as I was walking among grocery shelves, I passed by thousands of packaged hotdogs, hundreds of cases of beer, and mounds of hamburger buns displayed  in special Fourth of July promotions. I kept walking without pausing. Then I noticed a rectangular sheet cake with white icing topped with strawberries and blueberries depicting the stars and stripes - to be appreciated and eaten during the upcoming celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. That gave me pause. I stopped and stared at it for more than a few seconds; then I continued on.  An hour later, after I arrived home and as if some kind of sign, the first image popping up on my computer screen when I logged in was the Fourth of July Flag Sheet Cake. This time I put everything aside, pulled out the text of our Declaration of Independence, the US Citizenship Oath, and the Oath of Office. I knew exactly what I was looking for, and I did not find it. It was what I didn’t find that made me sit and write this for my readers as my way to wish you a Happy Independence Day.

During this celebratory holiday please take a few minutes; it shouldn’t take more than five, to read our Declaration of Independence, US Citizenship Oath and Oath of Office. Please do it.

You will not find the word ‘Flag.’

You will not see the word ‘Borders.’

What you will see is the word ‘Constitution.’

What you will find is the obligation to defend, not the ‘flag,’  ‘borders’ or ‘government’, but the United States Constitution, and defend it against foreign and domestic enemies.

The shalwar-wearing bearded men holding rakes and pitchforks in the caves of Afghanistan have never been and will never be a threat to our Constitution.

The terrorists from south of the border will never present any danger to our Constitution - meant to guarantee our freedoms.

The made-to-be-enemy dictators of foreign nations across the ocean have never and will never be able to touch our Constitution.

When it comes down to it there has never been a clear and present danger to our Constitution from any foreign entity or power. I suspect there never will be. No bomb attack, no pitchfork, no fatwa or jihad can even come close to destroying the United States Constitution.

The only enemies that have ever targeted our Constitution, the only entities that have ever launched an assault against our freedom, the only institution capable of destroying our Bill of Rights, the only power that has done so, and has been doing so, and if left untouched and unchallenged will continue to do so until nothing is left of the Constitution entrusted to us by our founding fathers, are the domestic enemies among us, or more accurately, ‘above’ us from where they rule.

My dear friends, I don’t intend to spoil your festivities and celebration. I want you to go ahead and enjoy that cold beer, those hot dogs, and the fireworks. All I’m asking of you is this: when the time comes for the dessert, while you are slicing that white sheet cake with the red and blue depicting the stars and stripes, think about the irony of it and how our domestic enemies have been slicing up and tearing apart the one thing that represents being an American - Our Constitution. Happy Independence Day.

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“That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness… when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security…”- Declaration of Independence, July 1776

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  1. Clif Brown says:

    How right you are! What the United States represents is an IDEA, not a thing. We could lands with Australia and the Constitution would remain exactly what it is.

    But human beings objectify everything and then put their emotional investments into them. The Constitution is a piece of paper but the ideas it expresses are worth more than any tangible object.

    To me, the Pledge of Allegiance comes across as very weak – starting with the flag and trailing out at the end to liberty and justice for all – it should be the other way around.

    The United States would be in so much better a position worldwide if we could remember the fundamental ideas we stand for rather than how much territory will answer to the demands of our government.

    Yes, we all should enjoy the Fourth, but think every day of the year about the ideas of freedom that are worth defending at every moment. Always have a standard – always have a clearly defined point beyond which you will say “no, I won’t do that!”

    A flag can be stretched to cover anything, your internal standard should be fixed.

  2. BearCountry says:

    It seems to me that our biggest problem is that we no longer have any real body of our Constitution remaining. The “PATRIOT” act and several scotus decisions have gutted the Constitution and the amendments designed to protect our rights. The Constitution has not been repealed because appealing to the idea of the Constitution supports the aims of the ptb that rule through the wh and scotus. These “leaders” are so entangled with the big corpses that it really doesn’t matter to them what happens to us.

  3. Bill Bergman says:

    Thomas Paine’s pamphlet “Common Sense” came out the same year. And, in light of the lines from the Declaration of Independence you cite above, here are some of Paine’s opening sentences:

    “Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

    Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamities is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer! Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of paradise.”

  4. For those that have a faith in Creator, there are immutable laws that exist within the very fabric of the earth. These do not pass away whenever people choose to violate the Constitution of the U.S., which was originally intended, In God we trust. For those that do not have a faith, you still have some innate ability to address wrong. Use it.

  5. kmwakak8 says:

    You are absolutely correct, Sibel. You said the ONE thing that made me feel better about today.
    I took an oath to defend the constitution- and realized it was an obsolete concept in so many way…

    Still, I keep the constitution with in my reach at all times. If not by hard copy here at my desk, I have a digital copy on my phone.
    This is the ONE thing I take seriously about America, yet not shared by it’s leaders.
    Per a comment above, I also have faith.
    *I believe there is a God, and I know it’s not me!*

    ~k8

  6. To reclaim principles of the US Constitution, former Senator Mike Gravel on July 4th, 2011 has launched a 9/11 Commission Campaign. This is an actionable plan for 9/11 truth, justice, and peace. http://www.911cc.org

    I hope this finally gets us out of preaching to the choir and reaches mainstream consciousness of we, the people..

  7. Thank you, BFP community. With you around, it makes it easier to be independent. I’d like to hear more about tribalism from KF, who I think is a closeted socialist.

  8. SanderO says:

    As mentioned in a comment to a previous post, America ignores her constitution and its lofty principles, places it under glass and then proceeds to legalize corruption of every kind and effective legislate away the rights granted by the constitution. How clever is that for, by and of the oligarchs? Who knew? Why stage a coup when you can simply do fascism lawfully with the congress?

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