No constitution can be self-enforcing. Government officials must respect their oaths to uphold the Constitution; and we the people must be vigilant in seeing that they do. When governors, mayors, and members of Congress take the oath of office prior to assuming the responsibilities, authority, and powers of these executive and legislative offices, it includes the statement to uphold the Constitution of the United States. If these executives and legislators fail to do so, it is the requirement of the president, the U.S. Executive Office, to ensure that the Constitution is being upheld (Article II, Section 1).
The preamble to the Constitution states, “We the people … in order to … insure domestic Tranquility … promote the general Welfare …” In order to ensure and enforce these principles and articles, we have laws. When laws are being broken without consequence, or not enforced, we are lawless and anarchy reigns. What we are seeing in major U.S. cities is our Constitution being violated and defiled.
A vocal, violent, and counter-cultural minority has hijacked the American narrative. This is being supported and abated by a complicit news media. Local governments and some state governments are choosing to allow mayhem and lawlessness to go unchecked, with those government officials ignoring their oaths to further their own agendas.
Not only does the responsibility for re-establishing the rule of law now fall upon the president of the U.S., for the protection of all U.S. citizens and protection of federal property and personnel, but also the removal from office of those elected officials who have egregiously and willingly failed to uphold their collective oaths of office, because the effect of their actions, or inaction, is denying many citizens of their rights.
We the people must be vigilant. If our government officials won’t or can’t secure our constitutionally protected rights for all U.S. citizens, then it will fall upon the majority of law-abiding U.S. citizens to act.
Richard M. Cortellini