When You Take “The Oath”
I like what someone once said about suiting up or shutting up because unless you’ve committed yourself to a job, organization or someone else you really don’t know how important and binding “The Oath” is whether it’s running for the political office of dog catcher (assuming there is still such an office), or strapping on the uniform of a first responder or the military requires a conscious decision on the part of the individual and the usually comes after taking the oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies both foreign and domestic. The part about obeying the orders of the President of the United States and those appointed over you is not debatable.
If you become a public servant your loyalty is to the office and in the best interests of the people (city, county, state or nation) you represent and not to any political party or foreign power. Dishonesty in office should never be tolerated. Public humiliation of another is just not acceptable.
Just as a doctor or paramedic take the Hippocratic oath to save lives; a firefighter pledges to save lives and property; a law enforcement is to protect and serve; the armed forces pledges to protect and defend the Constitution, while we are each responsible to Almighty God to serve him with our whole heart, mind, body and spirit and to worship him and him alone.
When you suit up and put on the work uniform of your chosen profession, whether it is flipping burgers at the local burger joint or climbing into the space shuttle you are the defacto representation of that organization and your conduct matters. Your words and actions say more about you and the company name on your uniform than anything else. The first impression (good or bad) is a lasting one and is impossible to change. It’s been said a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and it only takes one tiny nail to flatten a tire.
When you take “The Oath”, remember you have pledged your life and one day you may be required to give that last full measure for freedom. There is no shame in being loyal or patriotic just know which country you stand for but stand for what is right so you don’t fall for just anything.
Your word is your bond. If you are unable or unwilling to fulfill the obligations of “The Oath” I suggest that you resign or terminate your obligation and choose a different line of work. If you are unhappy living in the United States of America, don’t hold up a sign “protesting” or displaying your unhappiness – move to another country where you are free to be yourself and maybe live a better life. – I am the Real Truckmaster!