It is good to hear from Richard Dreyfuss, a liberal idealist with some common sense, intellectual honesty and someone with whom you could hold a dialogue interesting to conservatives and liberals alike.
I would be curious to hear if Dreyfuss is in love with the Constitution as written or as evolved by the courts.
Our promises, oaths must return to value
Published Friday, November 26, 2010 Island Packet
Promises, promises. In the time of our Founding Fathers, one's oath was so important they wrote it into the U.S. Constitution. In Article II, Section 1 and Article VI, we read that the president, senators and representatives, as well as members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, are bound by oath or affirmation, to support, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Actor Richard Dreyfuss, commenting on his role in "The Lightkeepers," recently opined: "We live in an era where an oath doesn't mean much ... there was a time when an oath meant everything."
Today, we live under a plague of uncertainty. A promise or oath is now for the courts to decide. This begs the question, where are the promise keepers? Whom can we trust to keep their word?
As a grandparent, I look back at promises made and promises broken.
It took me years to learn the value of keeping my word and the value of not making promises I couldn't keep. Three times I've sworn my allegiance to the Constitution. Thousands of times, I've pledged my allegiance to the flag and our republic. To me these are not empty words spoken with hand over heart in compliance with the crowd. In the last line of the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor. What politician today would do the same?
-Edmund Johnson, Lady's Island
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