Protect and Defend
Promoted -- GH. Originally posted 2008-06-22 15:50:20 -0500.
- "I John McCain do solemnly swear 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 against all enemies foreign and domestic."
This is the oath John McCain will have to swear if he is declared winner of America's presidential election in November of 2008. Every American president since George Washington has had to take the same oath. It is an American tradition that defines us even more so than baseball and Mom's apple pie. If the Constitution of the United States is not preserved, protected and defended, then this country isn't really the land of democracy that America's founding fathers created and wished to preserve.
However, it would seem that John McCain has no respect for America's founding fathers, or the U.S. Constitution which every president must swear and oath to defend.
To prove my point, I begin by recalling a day in September of 2007 when Senator John McCain attacked Senator Jim Webb for a legislative proposal that sought to "specify minimum periods between deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces" deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This legislative proposal would have followed the advice of Generals who have said that constant deployment in war zones is "breaking" our military and that troops need to be rotated stateside after twelve months or so of combat.
Not only did John McCain oppose to Senator Webb's proposal to support the troops, but he called it "unconstitutional". Such a baseless claim could cause an educated man to wonder if John McCain has ever actually read the Constitution. Article 1, Section 8 clearly states that Congress has the power to set rules for the government and regulate the land and naval forces.
The closest McCain has come to a counter-argument against that is that the Constitution doesn't specifically mention Congress having the power to set lengths or tours of duty in the military.
Of course, using McCain's tortured "logic", one could say that even though the Constitution gives all Americans freedom of Speech it doesn't specifically say that U.S. Senators have the right to give interviews on TV shows and thus John McCain's interview on CNN was unconstitutional.
Can such a man preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States? Wouldn't a president need to first UNDERSTAND the constitution before he could be considered qualified to DEFEND it?
Alas, ignorance of the U.S. constitution is only the most minor of Senator McCain's problems. In addition to that, McCain seems to have a seething contempt for the constitution as well.
For evidence of this, I begin by pointing to the fact that Senator McCain claimed that MoveOn.org should be thrown out of the country because they exercised their 1st amendment rights to free speech and pointed out the fact that General Petreaus was lying to Congress.
Freedom of speech and Freedom of the press are the most famous aspects of the U.S. Constitution. Even the most ignorant of U.S. senators would have to know about such things. In light of this, McCain's willingness to casually toss aside such rights and freedoms can only mean he is utterly contemptuous of such freedoms.
My next piece of evidence comes from the Military Commissions Act. In September 2006, John McCain voted for this piece of legislation which suspends the right of Habeas Corpus. This legislation is illegal and unconstitutional. Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution very clearly states that, "The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."
Since the United States has not been invaded and is not in the midst of a rebellion there can be no legal way of enforcing the Military Commissions Act. It is an illegal and unconstitutional piece of legislation. However John McCain voted for it anyway.
In June of 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States finally stepped in and said what all Americans with any knowledge of the United States Constitution had been thinking. Habeas Corpus CANNOT be suspended!
John McCain turned around and claimed that the Supreme Court's decision to preserve, protect and defend the constitution was the "worst decision in the history of this country."
If John McCain is sworn in as President of the United States, he will have to take an oath to "protect and defend" the Constitution of the United States of America, but when other people do it, he claims that it is the "worst decision" in the history of this country.
Apparently John McCain hates the Constitution of the United States and has no intention of following it.
By publicly insulting the Supreme Court's defense of the U.S. Constitution, John McCain has publicly admitted that he thinks the Constitution is a bad idea.
John McCain will NOT protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
He has publicly admitted this.
So, how can he ever take the presidential oath of office?