Does Nancy Pelosi even know what oath she swore?
In a news release marking the first anniversary Saturday of the theater shooting in Aurora, Col., the minority leader of the House of Representatives who as speaker shepherded Obamacare to its ignominious success in 2010, said,
“We must uphold our oath to ‘protect and defend’ the Constitution and all Americans by expanding background checks and keeping dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands.”
Except that’s not what her oath of office said. Protecting and defending the constitution is the president’s job. Members of Congress take an oath swearing to “support and defend” the Constitution. To most people, that would include the Second Amendment.
Granted, this is just a news release put out by a media office in Washington trying to gin up headlines for a pretty unremarkable anniversary, but you would still think the former speaker of the House of Representatives, a woman who by constitutional presidential succession was once but two heartbeats from the presidency itself, would know more about her oath of office than dim memories of “Adam 12” reruns.
In any case, violating the crystal clear words of the Second Amendment, whose meaning was upheld by the Supreme Court as recently as 201, is hardly a way of serving, protecting or defending the foundational document of the American system.
Remember that anonymous (and probably fictitious) American Army officer quoted by the then-young journalist Peter Arnett declaring during the Tet Offensive in 1968, “We had to destroy the village in order to save it”?
As a liberal, Pelosi would no doubt have approved of Arnett’s manufacturing that quote to amplify his opposition to the American war in Vietnam.
Judging by her statement about saving the Constitution by violating it, however, as a constitutional officer she agreed with the sentiment completely.
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