No less than 3 times in my professional life, I’ve stood before the American Flag and raised my hand to a square, pledging the following:
I, JARED HARWARD, do solemnly swear 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 first was when I began my law enforcement career with the Federal Bureau of Invetsigation. The ceremony was small, and included my boss, my security director, and my wife. The second was upon completion of the police academy, and the photo is the thumbnail. Finally, I made the oath again when I began as a police officer. I intended to make the oath again when I worked to enter the Army, but my medical history turned that dream away (3 times…)
Oaths were never intended to be taken lightly. Historically, we have entire army’s being trusted to walk away from a lost battle with their arms, armor, and lives intact because of a vow to not use them against their victorious enemies. Christ warned that oaths not be taken with a ‘yea, yea’ attitude (flippantly). And I’ve never made that oath without first playfully, powerfully comprehending the meaning. I’ve included my loving wife in that decision: it was never made lightly.
Maybe I am understood to be overly dramatic when I talk the importance of politics, policy, and constitutional values. And maybe I am overly dramatic. But despite my being broken, and being out of law enforcement, my oath stands. There is no sunset on that oath.
I’ve always had a sober personality. This has lead me to the offending of many dear friends, the abandonment of many age appropriate fun times, and the missing of a substantial amount of well meant humor. I’ve yet to determine if that sobriety is a virtue or a vice. Surely both?
But losing sleep because the state of our nation, security, and culture is nothing new to me. I want you to know about this oath, as I think it helps to explain me, my actions, and my undoubtedly obnoxious posts on politics, policy, and culture.
I still emdeavor to keep my oath. I still strive to protect the constitution over and against any political party, candidate, or short term benefit.
I am distrustful of politicians. I am distrustful of social movements. But I trust the Constitution of the United States. I know what that document created: the most free nation ever to exist, and the environment that has raised more people out of poverty than history has ever known. Liberty and the constitution are irrevocably connected. The document is inspired by God and institutes the best government in world history. Is it perfect? No. But I don’t take laying the constitution aside lightly. I don’t take efforts to circumvent it lightly. I don’t take attempts to alter it without serious and sober cosmoderstion. I do favor an handful of amendments to the document, but believe that all alterations should be amendments, not abandonments.
That’s a bit more about BrokenDad.
I hope that’s helpful to knowing me, but more importantLy, I hope it gives you entertaining but important thoughts to consider.