In light of the current health crisis I was curious if, as citizens, we had any protection by our government to our health and welfare. I thought I would look into the provisions of our Constitution to see what rights existed. So I started at the top. What is the president’s promise to protect us?
Every president has taken the following Oath or Affirmation:—”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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.”
OK, so he’s sworn to protect and defend our constitution. Is there anything in this “rule book” that says a president has to protect his people? Let’s look into the U.S. Constitution. Don’t bother going through all the wordy articles, sections and amendments, it’s very simple as it’s all in the Preamble, right up front.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
OK, so let’s look at the line that says “promote the general Welfare”. What does that mean?
The concern of the government for the health, peace, morality, and safety of its citizens.
Providing for the welfare of the general public is a basic goal of government. The preamble to the U.S. Constitution cites promotion of the general welfare as a primary reason for the creation of the Constitution. This is the way it has been for over 200 years! Promotion of the general welfare is also a stated purpose in state constitutions and statutes.
By the way, over 50 years ago I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America just as anyone else in the Armed Forces has done. I was Honorably Discharged and relieved of duties after completing my enlistment, but am still on watch until the day I die and will call out those who prefer to shit on our constitution. “See something, say something.” Well, I see, and I say. Whether a real politician or a faux politician, you are held to a higher standard. Live it! Yet we have this current guy that can say and do whatever he wants knowing that most folks will go for it and if challenged, there are enough high-paid lawyers to extricate him from any jam. This president’s sense of patriotism is just simply abominable and hollow, he only cares for numero uno and his TV ratings. I’m not sure if he’s seeking the title of a monarch or dictator, but it sure looks that way with the constant disregard for our constitution.
So does a president have the right to endanger the health and welfare of their citizens by ignoring warnings of an impending disaster that may kill tens or hundreds of thousands of those, the very people he is sworn to protect? I think not! It’s hard to deny, deflect and blame others for what has been in the rule book for longer than any of us have been around. Accountability, folks!