Con­flicts with oath

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Decades ago, I swore an oath that charged me with de­fend­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion from “all en­e­mies, both for­eign and do­mes­tic.” Re­tire­ment did not dis­solve that oath.

That a se­rial adul­terer, liar, and all-around bad per­son is oc­cu­py­ing the White House has been nau­se­at­ing enough. Lame ex­cuses about “learn­ing curves’” hold no wa­ter to those in uni­form. His con­tempt for those who serve was ev­i­dent be­fore. Now he mocks a U.S. sen­a­tor, a Vietnam vet.

My re­spect for the rule of law is col­lid­ing with my oath to pro­tect and de­fend. A co­nun­drum. (There are no guns in my house, if any­one de­cides to “in­ves­ti­gate” this as a threat.)

MARK BEN­JAMIN JONES

Dover

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