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What Oath?
I took my first vow when I was 14. It was my promise as a soon-to-be-confirmed member of the Catholic Church that I would abstain from alcohol until I turned 21. By the time I hit 15, I had already broken that vow.

I am not proud of having this mark on my record. I was young and at the very beginning of my hitch as a Soldier of Christ, but that is not really an excuse. I made a solemn commitment (to God personally, as I remember), and I wouldn’t blame people who might think that I am an untrustworthy weasel for breaking it. To those people I can only say that my record on vows has been very good since that first one.

I have a pretty good history with pledges, too. I do feel a little squirrelly when I “pledge allegiance to the flag” (it’s just a piece of cloth, after all), but I am still genuinely patriotic, even in these times of national shame — and that is the true essence of that pledge. My everyday promises hold up pretty well too (if you don’t mind my saying so), and I do take pride in keeping my word.

Which brings us to the subject of oaths. I’ve taken a few of those, as well. Two, at least — one on becoming a member of the State Bar of California, another when I was sworn in as a fresh-faced young District Attorney. Both of those oaths involved swearing to support the Constitution of the United States. Let me say plainly that I did then, and I still do. In fact, my belief in the Constitution and the rule of law remains central to all my thoughts about politics.

Oh, I have broken a few laws in my day, and some of those violations I am even proud of, but I never stopped believing in the primacy of the Constitution. I am guessing, however, that Mike Pompeo does not share my view. Nor, I would assume, do any of the lawyers and public officials in and around the Trump administration.

But let me focus briefly on Secretary of State Pompeo. He has taken a lot more oaths than I have. In addition to the solemn oath he took on being sworn in at State, he also graduated from West Point. He is a member of the Bar, and was, until recently, a member of Congress. All of those gigs require oaths to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. All the evidence isn’t in yet, but appears that Mike has violated every one of those oaths…repeatedly, and without a whit of regret.

What’s more, he is, by his own proclamation, a devout Christian. All of those oaths, then, were sworn to God. I wonder how he handles the possibility that he might burn in hell forever for backstabbing the Almighty.

That is for him to deal with. I resigned my commission as as Soldier of Christ long ago, so that aspect of my vow-breaking is no longer an issue. All I have left is the residual guilt over my broken word. I don’t think Pompeo has even that. Nor do any of these other pathetic enablers of the Felon-in-Chief, including the ultra-pathetic Lindsey Graham. Didn’t their oaths mean anything to them?

I feel a bit embarrassed to even ask that question. Do I reveal myself as the pathetic one here by clinging to my innocence about such matters? Maybe, but if cynicism about the rule of law is the alternative, then I have to decline that choice. Better to keep on living in a dream world where a promise is a promise, and where violators of solemn oaths will get what they deserve.

I’d like to think that those just rewards will at least come in the next life for those people. Sadly, I am no longer so innocent as to believe in divine justice. For me and for the rule of law, it’s now or never.

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Trump supporters are people who know what they believe.
~ JC, Bonny Doon