Failing the Test
To the shock and dismay of many, elected and appointed public officers and officials of the State of California, together with many unelected public employees at all levels of state and municipal government, are publicly announcing, acting and swearing that they will resist, ignore and disobey the lawfully established responsibilities and duties of their offices or positions of employment.
Indeed, these worthies boast and preen before the public and media their intention to forfeit their sacred honor and the constitutionally established duties they swore or affirmed they would uphold, often to the applause of their supporters and co-conspirators.
Further, using the public purse, they have retained outside counsel to aid them in subverting the laws of our country and state.
Is this the public behavior and course of actions that a lawful majority of honorable citizens of our Republic wish their representatives and public servants to follow? I think not.
Pursuant to the California Constitution, Article 20, Section 3, every member of the Legislature and all public officers and employees, executive, legislative, and judicial must take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation before they enter upon the duties of their respective offices:
“I, ___________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.
“And I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise, that now advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means; that within the five years immediately preceding the taking of this oath (or affirmation) I have not been a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise, that advocated the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means except as follows:
_____ (If no affiliations, write in the words “No Exceptions”)
and that during such time as I hold the office of _____ (name of office) _____ I will not advocate nor become a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise, that advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means.” [emphasis added]
There you have the sum and substance of public service.
The oath is the same as the one administered to our governor, Edmund G. Brown, Jr., our Senate President Pro Tempore, Kevin de Leon, our Assembly Speaker, Anthony Rendon, and to each and every other state, county, city, municipal or other elected official and public employee prior to them assuming their public duties.
Many appear to have secretly held their fingers crossed behind their backs as they spoke those solemn words.
As all can plainly see, there is no wriggle room in this constitutional oath of office. There is no exception made for allowing one to disobey those laws and orders with which one does not agree or otherwise may feel are inappropriate, discriminatory or ill-considered. To the contrary, there are long tomes of legal precedents that uphold both the meaning and the words of the oath and the responsibility they transfer to those who take it.
And yet, from the top down in state government to civic leaders of our great cities and to functionaries charged with the responsibility for upholding our laws, regulations and ordinances, we hear calls for revolt, rebellion and subversion of the very legal fabric of our Republic and state.
If this is not treason, what is?
The insidious creep of such subversive activity may have made the populace of our nation and state numb to its inroads, but now the rebellion is in the streets, breaking windows and burning cars as sworn public officers and officials hold megaphones to issue their cries for greater civil disobedience.
They are a disgrace to our state and to our nation.
Whenever a public official fails to defend a passed initiative, waives compliance with a law or regulation, advocates the overthrow of lawful government, thwarts enforcement of an ordinance or law, or passes and signs into law legislation to defeat or defy a state or federal law or presidential or gubernatorial executive order they are violating their oath of office and responsibility under our federal and state constitutions.
As such, they are nothing more than common criminals, and they should be hunted down, dismissed and impeached from their powerful offices.
There is no judgment call here. There is only required obedience to and complete support of the duly established constitutional laws of our country, state and cities.
These elected officials and public employees are denying us citizens our voice of representative government through every action they take in our name, and it must stop.