June 30, 2013 4:00 PM Eastern US time:
Congress has a rare opportunity now to quickly act in
order to do several things to ensure that all public
officials in the United States, or under its jurisdiction,
adhere to their Oaths of Office.
First, Congress can - and should - create a commission
to handle citizen complaints about sworn officials who
violate their Oaths of Office.
The commission should have six Democrats,
six independents, and six Republicans
on it, who in turn select one member from outside
the committee to complete its membership, for
a total of 19 members.
The commission should be independent, and
should not permit any security agency of Government
to interfere with its communications between itself
and citizens of the United States. It should arrange
for its own security in a way which ensures its
independence and integrity. The Commission
can travel around the United States as
individual members, and it can maintain a headquarters
in any place of its choice in the United States.
Secondly, Congress can create a Constitutional
Amendment to guarantee the integrity of the Oath of
Office, in a way that makes this provisional commission
permanent; which enables it to independently create
guidelines for categorizing the seriousness and willfulness
of breaches of the Oath of Office, and which empowers
the Commission or its equivalent agency to recommend
to Congress the names of officials who should be
impeached for violations of the Oath of Office. These
officials should include, but perhaps not be limited to
the President, the Vice President, Cabinet officials
at the level of Attorney General, Secretary,
Undersecretary or Assistant Attorney General;
Supreme Court Justices, all members of Congress,
the Governors of the several States and Territories,
State legislators, and Judges of all Courts which are
subordinate to the Supreme Court of the United States,
municipal officials who are sworn to preserve, protect
and defend the Constitution, and all Federal or State
agents sworn to the same or similar oath.
The Commission should also have the power to
name military officers for insubordination to the
I know this is a rough-hewn idea, but it is long overdue
considering the fact that the thousands of officials
in the United States who have taken an Oath of Office
to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the
United States, seem to violate that oath with impunity.
That is because no one has the power to call the
attention of these officials to their most serious
responsibility - adhering to their Oaths of Office.
The investigative media is too distracted and timid
to speak out about this important issue, which
it perhaps considers quaint - and they dare not
lose access to political offices, because the media
considers this access their bread and butter.
It is time for Congress to quickly begin work on
this overdue and sorely needed reform measure.
Committee of 37 Peace Initiative
PO Box 877
Edgmont, PA 19028-0877