These are troubled times, and I know that all of us who have taken the Oath have often pondered what it means, exactly, and more importantly, when the line is actually crossed where the Oath takes precedence over everything else.

I am as much of a loss as to where that line is as any of you. I know it’s there and, as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said, and I paraphrase, I may not be able to define exactly where that line is, but I’ll know it when I see it.

All I know is my Oath. And that was not an easy one to give. It may seem easy to one native born, but it isn’t to one who was born elsewhere. Part of it is denouncing all allegiance and loyalty to where you came from and that is no small step. It means, among other things, that I swore to be willing to carry arms against the nation of my birth, my brothers and sisters, should circumstances require it. I know, the likelihood of of my native country finding itself at war with the United States are slim to none, but it’s a binding oath nonetheless and stranger things have happened.

That’s why I didn’t lay it down on a whim, because I knew the terrible price, no matter how unlikely, I might have to pay. 0.0001% still isn’t 0%. And I would, I will be bound by it, should the unthinkable come to pass. I’m not saying this to garner praise, I’m not saying this to ask for a “good on ya, mate”, I’m only saying this to stress and to illustrate just how deep my love and admiration for this nation and the Constitution upon which she rests runs. Because I could not possibly have laid down that Oath unless it was so.

“Without mental reservation or purpose of evasion.” And before G-d. If I were ever to break that Oath, I would be less than nothing. I would not even be worthy of the lowest circle of Hell, because I would have betrayed my word, which is my honor.

And so it goes with the second part: My sacred vow to defend this Constitution and nation that I love unto my dying breath against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

As I pray that I will never have to test the first part, so I pray that the second part will never be tested.

All that I know that if it is, I will die sooner than betray it.

My word is my soul, my word is what I am, and if I betray it, I am nothing. I am less than nothing. I am a disgrace to my ancestors, the ones without whom I would have never been here. I do desire life. There are so many things that I still want to do, chief among which is to watch my beloved children grow into manhood, but none of that matters if my legacy is that of a coward, an Oath-breaker, a nithling, somebody who valued himself over his word.

And if our nation comes to grief, if our experiment ends in conflict, I don’t know how it will end. The only thing I do know is that I will triumph or die in the tradition of my ancestors who were far better men than I, but I will not go down without a fight. I will not have my children look back upon me, win or lose, as somebody who caved in to “expediency” or “inevitability.”

G-d was my witness as I laid down that Oath, and if He wills it that I survive the struggle, if there is to be one which I pray is not the case, then so be it. If I do not, at least I will have stayed true to my Oath and my enemies will not ever have the satisfaction of making me a slave.

Thatisall.

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By Emperor Misha I

Ruler of all I survey -- and then some.

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LC Jackboot IC/A
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January 11, 2012 07:49

I’ll be standing there right next to you, should it come to pass as well my Brother. Agreed, every word, sentence and paragraph, I am fortunate that my offspring are grown and living as adults (usually) so I am not bound by a desire to see them grown. I would rather my kids and grandkids, know that their Dad stood… Read more »

Hvy Gunner 0331
Hvy Gunner 0331
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January 11, 2012 09:19

There is no Statute of Limitations on “the Oath”. I would rather die with honor than live with the shame of having broken it.
Perilous times ahead, I fear, enough to test the resolve of true Patriots. Glad to know there are others who will stand The Line.

BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
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January 11, 2012 09:24

You gents have said it all far more eloquently than I could. Count me as one more with you, to the end. I will not give my children, or their future, over to the slavery of socialism without a bitter fight. Though I may not survive that fight, you can be damn sure I’ll take out a whole lot of… Read more »

LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch
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January 11, 2012 09:37

Mish, you know I’m there. I took three oaths in my life: my citizenship oath, my enlistment oath, and my current oath, which is extremely similar to my military oath. I plan to live up to all of those. Always.

dcs2244
dcs2244
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January 11, 2012 10:06

Dittoes. Army of the Connecticut now accepting applications….

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
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January 11, 2012 10:10

Join the Fight Against Bigotry ~ Defeat Barack Obama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZJFB_tgbKk

FrankOK
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January 11, 2012 10:42

With you 100%, dear Emperor.

I remember taking that oath eight days after my 18th birthday and I’ll not forget it – ever.

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952
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January 11, 2012 10:51

My eyes becoming gentle, then determined, a faraway, distant look we all know…. Such wise words…for as not so long ago I literally looked in the eye the idea of losing it all, thirty years of work, my home, worst of all my wife………… I have even planned for it…..figured I’d live in my truck…. I lost my honor behind… Read more »

LC SecondMouse
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January 11, 2012 11:48

Meet you all at the muster point.

LC Sir Intellectual Conservative 5th Columnist
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January 11, 2012 13:32

Hand …. SALUTE!

LC Old Dog
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January 11, 2012 13:58

Present….Arms Order….Arms

Right….Face

Forward…..March

Check the Icon!

LC Draco
Member
January 11, 2012 14:33

I still live the Oath…and it is something a lot of lefties do not understand. It has been said before, once you take that Oath (at least in the military), you pretty much have written a blank check on your ass. But we go into that breach willingly….the difference between a citizen and a civilian. RASCZAK: Here in History and… Read more »

readerjp
readerjp
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January 11, 2012 15:07

Here are more items about keeping and breaking oaths, that may not be on everyone’s radar. Leading the charge to make the case (that the new Arab governments are more moderate) has been the Obama administration. Its senior officials have eagerly embraced the Muslim Brotherhood. Indeed, the spiritual head of the Muslim Brotherhood Yusuf Qaradawi is reportedly mediating negotiations between… Read more »

LC Sir Intellectual Conservative 5th Columnist
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January 11, 2012 15:26

Off topic but it PLAINLY shows the difference between us and who we fight

Occutard in DC abandons a one year old baby in a tent

Child cruelty charges are insufficient. Shoot the worthless bastard.

Igor, Imperial Booby
Igor, Imperial Booby
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January 11, 2012 16:03

Having taken The Oath at 19, and fully understanding the ramifications thereof, I still did not see what eventually may have to be done to keep this Oath. Hey, I was young and mostly stupid/uninformed…My youth is long gone, but The Oath lives on, and I for one am still going to keep it. And I’m no longer stupid. My… Read more »

Teufelhunden_JD
Teufelhunden_JD
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January 11, 2012 17:19

“The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.”
General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMC
to the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, 5 May 1946

“Don’t you forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!”
Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, USMC
rallying his First Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950

SoCalOilMan, K.o.E.
Member
January 11, 2012 19:01

You may not take serious my oath as I am just a civilian, but I have taken it before my brethren with all seriousness and conviction. Just this last Thanksgiving, I was lucky enough to watch my son retake the oath to re-up for three more years.

God, family and country, there is nothing more important to me.

the botnet
Member
January 11, 2012 22:09

Our nation is in big trouble. We’ve never been run by commies before, and even Jimmah Peanut liked the USA. We are the rented mule nation.

Fuck Obama.

Fuck the left.

We have plenty of good, patriotic people, but hell if the commies fuck everything and there’s nothing left to fix.

Tallulah
Tallulah
Member
January 11, 2012 22:12

“Baseball Crank” has this to say — The other point I would make about integrity is that it goes close to the core of why a Romney nomination worries me so much: because we would all have to make so many compromises to defend him that at the end of the day we may not even recognize ourselves. Romney has,… Read more »

the botnet
Member
January 11, 2012 22:57

Dan McLaughlin writes real purty. He’s a good one.

Footnote: can anyone tell me how to upload my own photo for an avatar? grazie mille.

Your answer is here:

http://en.gravatar.com/

SoCalOilMan, K.o.E.
Member
January 12, 2012 00:04

Thank you Mish….I mean My Emperor.

That you and those that were there remember is all that matters. My friends, my brothers.

LC Draco
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January 12, 2012 09:31

SoCalOilMan, K.o.E. says: You may not take serious my oath as I am just a civilian, but I have taken it before my brethren with all seriousness and conviction. Just this last Thanksgiving, I was lucky enough to watch my son retake the oath to re-up for three more years. God, family and country, there is nothing more important to… Read more »

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
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January 12, 2012 10:04

As for that “recently published” thing at the bottom, Sire, let me go back a couple and ask those who have not read it TO read it.

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952
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January 12, 2012 10:17

We have plenty of good, patriotic people, but hell if the commies fuck everything and there’s nothing left to fix There will be one thing left to fix…… Do not confuse “duty” with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that… Read more »