"...whoever goes contrary to [the Constitution] betrays his country, injures you, injures me, betrays us all, and is deserving of the heaviest punishment. Whoever, on the contrary, loves and keeps it sacred, is his country's friend, secures his own safety, and farthers the happiness of all around him. Let every American learn, from his earliest years, to love, cherish and obey the Constitution. Without it he can neither be a great or a good citizen; without this his name will never be engraved with honor in the pages of our history, nor transmitted, like that of Washington, with praises and blessings to a late posterity."
~Elementary Catechism on the Constitution of the United States for the use of schools by Arthur J. Stansbury, p.10
This is a great book. I read about a page and a half to my boys every morning at breakfast for five days in a row. We discuss it and understand it. It's an easy way to teach the Constitution and our unique form of government to your children and to learn about it yourself.
When I first read this section, I had to read it again and again. It sort of knocked me upside the head and brought to mind one person in particular who has very nearly wiped his rear end with our glorious Constitution. These words are so relevant for our president today and so many politicians who swear an oath that they will uphold and defend the Constitution and yet defy it in every way they can in order to have their own will done. To know that this offense was not taken lightly in the past and should not be taken lightly now is vital. Yet, we are so overwhelmed by the multiple attempts and successes to blatantly disregard and defy of the Constitution that we can hardly keep up. But really one offense is enough to call out the President and any other leader who will betray us and the Constitution. To not defend it is nothing short of treason --- "whoever goes contrary to [the Constitution] betrays his country, injures you, injures me, betrays us all, and is deserving of the heaviest punishment." Our checks and balances have become ever so corrupt that they no longer hold one another accountable. The legislature buddies up with the president who matches their party and agenda and the president appoints agenda activated judges that will do his bidding. It is becoming difficult to differentiate our government from an oligarchy. Once the picturesque ideal of a Republic, the image is becoming blurry and faded and our "public servants" are becoming the elite that assert their will upon us.
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." (Presidential oath of office) ....well then do it! And we the people ought to raise our voices and use our vote to recall any who will not do the job they were hired to do.