In his campaign for president, Mr. Obama promised to make changes in Washington. According to Robert Draper's book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the US House of Representatives, on the day of his inauguration as president, thirteen Republican Senators and House members met at a private meeting in Washington and agreed to stop President Obama in his tracks. Senators included John Kyl, Tom Coburn, Bob Corker, John Ensign and Jim DeMint. Congressmen included Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Pete Sessions, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, Dan Lungren and former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich Later, Republican Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell stated that,"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." The president knew that each member of the House and Senate would repeat the following Congressional Oath of Office:
"I do solemnly swear or affirm 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."
According to Grover Norquist, 41 Republican Senators, enough to stop by filibuster, any matter from passing the Senate, and 234 Republican House members, a clear majority, took a second oath to a domestic citizen, the same Grover Norquist whose oath or pledge as he calls it, reads as follows:
"I Senator/Representative, pledge to the taxpayers of my district and my state and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."
Grover Norquist, who has no legal authority whatsoever, but who apparently has access to unlimited funds, has not only denigrated our Constitution but also has coerced either by fear and or money, enough Republican members of both houses of Congress to violate their official solemn oath of office to support and defend the Constitution, and instead, to thwart any action the president seeks to take in fulfilling his oath of office. In effect, Mr. Norquist has established his own legislative government within the U.S. government by controlling 234 Republican House members and 41 Republican Senate members, including the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and the Minority leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell.
The congressional oath requires defending the Constitution against domestic enemies. Mr. Norquist may very well fit that description. The congressional members, who have violated their Oath of Office, hardly meet the definition of a patriot -- one who loves and loyally supports his own country. Many of these Republican Congressmen and Senators travel their districts and states, carrying a copy of the Constitution in one pocket and a copy of Mr. Norquist's oath in their other pocket. There is an enormous conflict between the two. Having taken several Oaths of Office during my career, I have always viewed them seriously and a special honor. Recently, the president stated that he had been unable to change Washington from inside Washington and that the citizens of the Nation had to demand change throughout the country. That citizen change means that no citizen should vote for any Senator or Representative who has taken a separate oath or pledge to Mr. Norquist, thus deserting and negating his/her solemn God sworn Oath of Office to the Constitution of the United States of America.
When President Obama took office, he was faced with the worst recession since the great depression. Even though he also faced the existence of solid Republican walls of obstruction in the Congress, built by many of the same Republican members who participated in causing the our fiscal problems, he brought the Nation out of recession and has been successful in moving our country forward. Just imagine how much better off this nation would be if the congressional walls had not been built and all members of the House and Senate had pledged their loyalty not to Grover Norquist, but only to the Constitution.
Furthermore, it has been reported by the New Yorker magazine that Mitt Romney has signed Mr. Norquist's pledge; Mr. Ryan has previously signed up with Mr. Norquist. If Romney/Ryan win the presidency, and if the Republicans hold the House and keep 41 Republican Senators, then Mr. Norquist will be the Chief Executive of the United States of America. He will control the three separate branches of our government -- Executive, Legislative and Judicial, from which position he will be able to dictate all U.S. government actions including appointments to the Federal Judiciary as well as Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.
In law, an Oath means a solemn promise, with an appeal to God, for the truth of what is sworn. Allegiance means an obligation of a faithful citizen to his/her government. No person elected to any public office in this country should take an Oath to anything or anyone except for his/her official Oath of Office. Likewise, neither any candidate for office nor elected official should take or sign a pledge to anything or anyone except for taking the "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.