What does it mean to “support and defend” the Constitution of the United States?

Greetings from New York City, and Igotta tell ya, you can sincerely feel the effects of Bill de Blasio being the mayor here. After I did an appearance on the “Fox News Specialists,” I went out to an early dinner with some friends. We were in a taxi and yep, the windows were open about halfway in the back. And then it happened, some indigent black male tossed his water bottle into the taxi through the window — onto the woman in our party. My first thought was, thank God it wasn’t a bomb, or perhaps worse, a bottle of another form of fluid. Of course, the windows were rolled up quickly; this occurred as we were going through Times Square.

Now, ask yourself, what if we were visiting tourists, what would they think of that despicable action? And nope, NYC is a gun-free zone, so law-abiding citizens aren’t able to exercise their Second Amendment right to protect themselves.

As I sit here writing this on the evening of July 31st, I am reminded of the significance of this day in my life. It was on 31 July 1982, thirty-five years ago, that I took a very special oath at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and to bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

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And today, 1 August, 2017, as you read this, it’s the 13th anniversary of my retirement after 22 years of service as a commissioned officer in our United States Army. But, what does it mean to our society, those words: “support and defend the Constitution of the United States?”

I read today that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty by a judge of contempt of court. It appears that he disobeyed a court order which conflicted with him doing his job. If a sheriff takes an oath to uphold the law and protect citizens, then why should he follow an illegitimate activist judge’s directive to not uphold the law and protect citizens from illegal immigrants? And, how can it be that Travis County Texas Sheriff Sally Hernandez can purposely state that she would not uphold the law and protect citizens from illegal immigrants but she’s not prosecuted? Our Constitution, our rule of law, is very specific about the law concerning those here in our Republic illegally — which is the opposite description of those here legally. So, how can it be in this nation that we prosecute those upholding the law, while others admire those breaking their oath to uphold the law?

Who are these people making the decision about selective enforcement, such as it was in the Obama administration?

An attorney general can implement a secret anti-gun policy in order to undermine our constitutional Second Amendment right, and it’s perfectly acceptable. And the same policy results in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, but nothing is done? Yet, we have some in our nation ranting and raving about an attorney general recusing himself from an investigation…for no apparent reason other than political expediency.

How can it be that someone can break the law with a private email server in their personal residence that has classified material, and nothing be done? Yet, a Sailor can take five pictures of a classified compartment in a submarine and be sentenced to almost two years in prison? Have we come to the point in America where the rule of law applies only to those who aren’t part of the favorable political elite class — and who is making that decision?

Does our Constitution even have any true meaning in today’s America, or is it just a disrespected document, like we were disrespected by the vagrant who tossed his water bottle into our taxi? We don’t teach our Constitution, and there are those who call themselves elected officials, who are supposed to honor their oath…but not. Do we believe we have a Constitutional Republic, or is a slow but sure coup d’état occurring in America as being planned by enriched progressive socialists funding a “resistance,” seeking a fundamental transformation?

What does that oath mean to me, even 13 years after taking off my uniform? It means that my oath has no end. It means my term of enlistment continues to secure the blessings of liberty…and to know the difference between liberty and tyranny. It means to me that you don’t have to be a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine to take that oath and honor those words you recite. It’s a privilege to have done so, but we all, true Americans, need take the same oath. We all need to enlist in the service of our nation. After all it was a Democrat president who stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

I didn’t take an oath to see my country become some government-run socialist failed state. I don’t support wealth redistribution, nationalizing of our production, creation and expansion of a welfare state, social egalitarianism, or secular humanism…yet I see these antithetical concepts being promoted, advocated and embraced in the country for which I took an oath of service. You see I understand a simple premise: “a free people are not equal, and an equal people are not free”…how many others grasp that ideal?

Thirty-five years ago, I had the honor of joining that long line of American men and women who took that very special oath…not to a person, individual, group, or political party. We all took an oath to a core set of principles, values, and the codification of the essence of being an American, our Constitution. And to those who would seek to fundamentally transform this nation and violate our Constitution, yes, you are my enemy — an ideological enemy, but an enemy still — against whom I will fight.

Why? Because the uniform may have been taken off, but the oath remains, and I know what it means to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]

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