he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—
- I, John Sidney McCain, do solemnly swear
o God and to his countrymen, the same oath taken by only forty-three other Americans.
But taking oaths to serve his nation and all her people is what Midshipman McCain, Ensign McCain, Lieutenant McCain, Commander McCain, Captain McCain, Congressman McCain, then Senator McCain has willingly done all his adult life.
Starting fifty years ago through now, with no interruption, he has been under oath, swearing that he will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that he will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that he takes this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that he will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which he is about to enter. So help him God.
Nothing, not even the vengeful and inhumane tortures of our cruelest enemies, ever has been or could be able to force him to betray that solemn oath.
All for our Constitution: Honor, Courage, Commitment; First in Defense; and always, Country First.
- that I will faithfully
Continuing the patriotic loyalty and unswerving devotion he has always freely shown by his exemplary service and heroic deeds, to the supreme law of our land.
- execute the Office
Applying the force of what our first president ascribed to be a dangerous servant and a fearful master
, tempered by President McCain's oath as well as by his judgment and character honed over a lifetime of unquestionable and substantive achievement in our nation's service, to effect the people's vested ends of government.
Not apply it with the intent of bankrupting an entire industry vital to our nation's economic well-being and her security in time of war, nor prohibitively driving up the price of its normal goods and services, all to the detriment of every American, as his øppønent in this election has malignantly and hideously proposed.
- of President of the United States,
In which alone we have vested the whole executive power of our entire nation:
To sign into law every bill he approve which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate and been presented to him;
To return, with his objections, every bill he does not approve to that house in which it shall have originated;
To not return any bill within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him;
To similarly sign into effect, return, or not return every order, resolution, or vote to which the concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of adjournment);
To be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual service of the United States;
To require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices;
To grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment;
To, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, make treaties, provided two thirds of the senators present concur;
To nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not in our Constitution otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law;
To alone appoint such inferior officers as both houses of Congress think proper;
To fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session;
To give from time to time to the Congress information of the state of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;
To, on extraordinary occasions, convene both houses, or either of them;
To, in case of disagreement between both houses with respect to the time of adjournment, adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper;
To receive ambassadors and other public ministers;
To take care that the laws be faithfully executed;
To commission all the officers of the United States;
To, whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress;
To transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, so that until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President; and
To, after transmitting to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, resume the powers and duties of his office, whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, have transmitted to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and the Vice President has assumed the powers and duties of the office as Acting President, unless they transmit within four days to both such a declaration and the Congress, assembling within forty-eight hours to decide the issue, decide within twenty-one days after its receipt or, if not in session, their assembling that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.
- and will
The same trustworthy and reliable "I will" he answered his commanding officers with every time they ordered him to fight to complete his mission.
The same trustworthy and reliable "I will" he answered his fellow prisoners of war with every time they encouraged him to fight to survive and keep going and always stick with them through the very end.
The same trustworthy and reliable "I will" he answered his district and state constituents with when they demanded he fight for reform in Congress and better stewardship of their taxed moneys.
The same trustworthy and reliable "I will" he is able, more than any other candidate, to answer each and every American with when we demand he fight for us now and throughout the next four years, for our total victory in this World War, for a strong but limited government, and for a strong and growing economy with unlimited opportunities for all.
- to the best of my Ability,
The same ability he has repeatedly proved is already among the best of the best
Keep within the clear limits we have prescribed for our government so its powers and acts will continue to be fully derived from and always according to the consent of the governed.
Apply these limits so that our government's legislative, executive, and judicial branches exercise none but the powers we have separately vested in each, and that not any encroach ever on those of the other two.
- and defend
Fight for the principles born in our Revolution, for the individual freedoms that give them spirit, and for continuing this experiment in human liberty which shows all peoples everywhere they too can, if they have the courage and the will to join that same fight, completely and always govern themselves.
- the Constitution of the United States.
The responsibility for its success is not President McCain's alone. It will and must remain primarily ours.
- So help me God.
In Whom we put all our trust.
Labels: a Republic if we can keep it, McCain Administration, our Freedoms' Defenders, Sealing the fate of freedom's enemies
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