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"Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent
alliances with any portion of the foreign world.."
George Washington (1796)
"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should
be our motto."
Thomas Jefferson (1799)
"The ongoing migration of persons to the United States
in violation of our laws is a serious national problem
detrimental to the interests of the United States." -
Ronald Reagan, 1981
never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It
does so because honor is, finally, about defending those
noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if
it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean
social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution,
or as always, even death itself. The question remains:
What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What
is worth living for?" -
William J. Bennett in a
lecture to the U. S. Naval Academy, Nov 24, 1997
Elected Officials, Law Enforcement, and levels of Government
Employees in Texas take this oath. There may be some variation due to the nature
of the job but it is almost this exact oath. It can be
found in the Texas Constitution (see reference below) and as
also stated in the
Lewisville City Charter (see Part1, Article 5, Section 5.08).
I took the liberty to bold and Italicize important parts of this oath.
Section 5.08. Oath of office.
Every officer of the city shall, before entering upon the
duties of his office, take and subscribe to the following
oath of affirmation to be filed and kept in the office of
the city secretary.
"I, ________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I
will faithfully execute the duties of the office
________________, of the City of Lewisville, State of Texas,
and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect
and defend the Constitution and Laws of the United States
and of this State and the Charter and Ordinances of this
city; and I furthermore solemnly swear (or affirm),
that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered, or
promised to pay, contributed, nor promised to contribute any
money or valuable thing, or promised any public office or
employment as a reward for the giving or withholding a vote
at the election at which I was elected, or if the office is
one of appointment, to secure my appointment. So help
State law references: Oath, Vernon's Ann. Tex. Const. art. 16, §
Other Oaths & Pledges are: