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January 2, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Jan. 2, 2013

Oath to people, not to Norquist

Before any senator or representative to the U.S. Congress can serve their elected role, they swear the Congressional Oath of Office.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that 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 I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

The Congressional Oath of Office requires observance to the Constitution of the United States, which is the government of the People of the United States.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”  

The Congressional Oath of Office is an oath to the people of the United States. It establishes that the duty of Congress is to the people of the United States. Nothing in the Congressional Oath of Office or the Constitution of the United States requires fealty to Grover Norquist. In fact, any pledge to Grover Norquist or to any other party must absolutely be subservient to the Congressional Oath of Office and the Constitution of the United States.

Congressmen and Senators work for the people of the United States, not Grover Norquist or the Republican Party or the Democratic Party or any other party. Some of our elected representatives seem to have lost sight of their responsibilities.  

It’s time Congress serves the people of the United States, not Grover Norquist.

Norquist is a Libertarian, and is on the advisory board of GOProud, a political organization for homosexuals and transgendered people. Maybe the next Grover Norquist pledge will be for same-sex marriage.

— William Adams

Terre Haute

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