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Every Senator says it.  Every last one of them.  Of course, so does every Representative.  And just about everyone in government except the President.

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.

Now, maybe it's me, but it sure seems to me that that implies that they will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States... the first paragraph of which reads...

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.

Now, again, maybe it's me, but is sure seems to me that promoting the general Welfare, which comes just after Justice, Order, and Defence, is pretty high up in the food chain of what these duly elected officials swear or affirm to bear true faith and allegiance to.

And, again, it seems to me that Promoting the General Welfare means, well, Promoting the GENERAL Welfare.  Not the Welfare of the Wealthy, no.  Not the Welfare of Corporations (which were not recognized at the time the framers put the document together), no.  No, the Welfare of who?  Of We the People of the United States.

And what exactly does that mean?  Well, seems to me that all those duly elected officials have the same access to the dictionary that I do, but, just in case they are unclear on the concept of dictionaries in general, and how to use them in particular, allow me to quote Merriam-Webster

  1. the state of doing well especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity <must look out for your own welfare>

2 a: aid in the form of money or necessities for those in need b: an agency or program through which such aid is distributed

Why would you look at that?  Promoting well-being to the General Public, that being We the People, in the form of money or necessities to those in need, perhaps through an agency or program through which such aid is distributed.  By gosh, by golly, and by Jove.

Seems to me that those nice Senators who are against the Public Option are simply ignorant of their job function, because otherwise, a plain reading of the Constitution would put them at odds with their Oath of Office.

Or is it me?

Originally posted to ultrageek on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 03:42 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    We hold these truths to be self-evident that all heterosexuals are created equal and are endowed by their Creator to certain inalienable rights; gays however...

    by ultrageek on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 03:42:16 PM PDT

  •  Been thinking (0+ / 0-)

    the same thing for quite a while now. I'm glad you said it.

  •  I have a feeling (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LordMike, LynneK

    that some of the congressmen who agitate against a public option may actually believe their rhetoric on the subject, rather than cynically taking the position handed to them.

    Stay with me, Neda. Stay with me.

    by Shaviv on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 03:51:32 PM PDT

    •  And I'm thinking... (0+ / 0-)

      that there's no reason that this wouldn't be an impeachable position.

      We hold these truths to be self-evident that all heterosexuals are created equal and are endowed by their Creator to certain inalienable rights; gays however...

      by ultrageek on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 03:53:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Oath of office (1+ / 0-)
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    rincewind

    "I comma square-bracket recruits name square-bracket comma do solemnly swear by square-bracket recruits deity of choice square-bracket to uphold the Laws and Ordinances of the city of Ankh-Morpork comma serve the public trust comma and defend the subjects of His slash Her square-bracket delete whichever is inappropriate square-bracket Majesty square-bracket name of reigning monarch square-bracket without fear comma favor comma or thought of personal safety semi-colon to pursue evil-doers and protect the innocent comma laying down my life if necessary in the cause of said duty comma so help me square-bracket aforesaid deity square-bracket period square-bracket same diety square-brqacket Save the King slash Queen square-bracket delete which is inappropriate square-bracket period"

    Didn't mean to divert the diary, just thought some here might get the reference and have a laugh.

  •  Back when I was a young Libertarian... (0+ / 0-)

    ...I read in Larry Elder's The Ten Things You Can't Say In America (yes, I was that kind of Libertarian) that while the Preamble to the Constitution mentions "provid[ing] for the common defence [sic]", it only mentioned "promot[ing] the general welfare."

    Elder used that as an argument as to why we shouldn't have things like welfare and universal healthcare.

    I'm guessing every single last Republican (and quite a few "Democrats") in Congress feel exactly the same way.

    The law has no special dispensation for crimes that might be "too disturbing" to prosecute. - Chris Floyd

    by felldestroyed on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 04:18:34 PM PDT

  •  Your copy has a typo. (1+ / 0-)
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    felldestroyed

    should read ....

    "Promoting the Generals' welfare"

    Including General Motors, General Mills, General Dynamics,....



    Practicing Law without a License is my 3d favorite Crime.

    by ben masel on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 04:21:23 PM PDT

  •  Socialized medicine is so horrible that only (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LynneK, felldestroyed

    every other industrialized nation on the planet has socialized medicine except the US.

    Fox News is Not a Real News Outlet

    by bunk on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 04:30:44 PM PDT

  •  But the Constitution is more than that (1+ / 0-)
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    YellerDog

    The constitution thankfully limits the power of the federal government.  The Congress must promoted the general welfare within the constraints placed on it by the constitution.  This is the great blessing of our republic that the federal government is not unrestrained.

    That being said, I do not support the public option because it is unconstitutional (though there are some versions floating around which I think are unconstitutional); I do not support it because I believe it is wasteful and political grandstanding.  The answer is already in place: Medicare and Medicaid. Eligibility for both programs need to be expanded.  The U.S. does not need another government agency regulating a new program, when the agency and the programs already exist.  

    •  It's actually very simple isn't it? (0+ / 0-)

      They claim this is too hard.  BS, you are right. The model is already there Medicare and maybe Medicaid although that would have to be drastically overhauled.  Just expand what we already have.  It can't be that fucking hard.  

      "Vote Your Hopes Not Your Fears."

      by YellerDog on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 07:20:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  "l...." State your name. (0+ / 0-)

    ALL: l...state your name.
                     
    "...do hereby pledge allegiance to the frat."
                     
    ...do hereby pledge allegiance to the frat.
                     
    "With liberty and fraternity for all."
                     
    Amen.
                         
    Sergeant at Arms...
                         
    do your duty.
                         
    From now on,
    your Delta Tau Chi name is Weasel.
                         
    From now on your name is Mothball.
                     
    Kroger, your Delta Tau Chi name is Pinto.
                     
    -Why Pinto?
    -(BURP!) Why not?  
                     
    What's my Delta Tau Chi name?
                       
    Dorfman, l've given this a lot of thought.

    From now on...
                     
    your name is Flounder.

    Flounder?

    (All screaming)

    (Rock and roll music)

    (Singing along with rock and roll song)

    (Laughing)

    DARTH SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
    LANDO REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!

    by LordMike on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 07:08:53 PM PDT

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