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    'Allegiance', 'Betrayal' Misapplied


    Ninth  grade civics and 11th grade American government - For all affected  government employees, military members as well as elected and appointed  government officials, the oath of allegiance administered is to the US  Constitution, the nation and to we, the people.

    It  is true that appointed officials serve "at the pleasure of the  president". However, their oath and allegiance is to the Constitution,  the nation and we, the people. It is not to any president.

    OK,  sure neither civics nor government is taught in the majority of schools  in the US of A these days. I can partly give a pass to those still in  elementary and high school, even some college students and recent  graduates of our institutions of higher learning for not knowing  something about which they have not been schooled. But there are those  who have actually served in government that also are clueless it seems.

    Van  Jones, one of the co-hosts of CNN's Crossfire, as well as other pundits  and Democratic loyalists have it wrong when using the term, "betrayal".  That implies that former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates' allegiance was  to the President. But that is not the oath of office he took and  pledged to uphold.

    Gates'  allegiance is not to the President. Gates did not betray his oath to  the Constitution nor to the nation nor to we, the people. He may have  not followed conventional protocol, which is ever changing. Gates may  not have been the "team player" who ignores his oath in a fawning  devotion to whoever happens to reside at 1600 Pennsyslvania Avenue. But  Gates should not be accused of betrayal when his allegiance, his oath  was to the Constitution, the nation and we, the people, whom he has not  betrayed.

    I  understand the dismay, the angst, the anger that Gates, who served in  both the George W. Bush and the Barak Obama administrations, has dared  to speak now rather than waiting until the current top elected official  in the nation is out of office. But Gates had pledged no oath to  preclude him from speaking out now.

    Why  Gates chose to speak now is anyone's guess. But it is Gates' right of  free speech. He is not beholding to keep mum with his revelations.

    The  only problem with Gates is if what he writes about is false or  inaccurate. So far, no one is actually denying what has been leaked and  excerpted from the book he wrote is not factual. People are simply upset  he spoke now.

    From  the Cornfield, whether Gates should have waited or not is debatable.  What is not debatable is that Gates did not betray his oath of  allegiance.

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