Republicans are Violating Their Oath of Office
Before taking office, each member of Congress swears a oath to “faithfully discharge the duties of the office.”
The oath taken by both houses of Congress reads:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God”
Republicans are violating their Oath of Office by refusing to fund the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Why? Because among those duties is paying the government’s bills.
The affordable care act was legally passed by congress and upheld by the supreme court.
Therefore it legally must be funded and any member of congress who refuses to pay the governments bills is in violation of their oath of office and should be removed from office.
Republicans are not just failing to perform their jobs, they’re doing the opposite of what they swore to do.
Violating Oath of Office is a Federal Crime
Federal law regulating oath of office by government officials is divided into four parts along with an executive order which further defines the law for purposes of enforcement. 5 U.S.C. 3331, provides the text of the actual oath of office members of Congress are required to take before assuming office. 5 U.S.C. 3333 requires members of Congress sign an affidavit that they have taken the oath of office required by 5 U.S.C. 3331 and have not or will not violate that oath of office during their tenure of office as defined by the third part of the law, 5 U.S.C. 7311 which explicitly makes it a federal criminal offense (and a violation of oath of office) for anyone employed in the United States Government (including members of Congress) to “advocate the overthrow of our constitutional form of government”. The fourth federal law, 18 U.S.C. 1918 provides penalties for violation of oath office described in 5 U.S.C. 7311 which include: (1) removal from office and; (2) confinement or a fine.
Grover Norquist Tax Pledge is Oath of Office Violation
A US Supreme Court Ruling Interprets “Grover Norquist Tax Pledge”, Gop Elected Officials Violating Oath Of Office, “Sincerity Clause”
The US Supreme Court precedent holds Grover Norquist GOP Tax Pledge in clear violation of the Oath of Office. The majority of Republicans in Congress has made the “Norquist Tax Pledge” violating their Oath of Office according to the US Supreme Court.
“The Oath of Office does not require a promise of future action, It demands that elected representatives swear that he holds a certain belief at that very moment, loyalty to the Constitution ‘without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion as well as to faithfully discharge the duties of the office they have entered” 401 U.S. 154 S. Ct.(1971) LAW STUDENTS CIVIL RIGHTS RESEARCH COUNCIL, INC., ET AL. v. WADMOND ET AL.
The Norquist Tax Pledge requires a promise and future action and makes mental reservation of future action and inaction in direct violation of the Oath of office itself.
Here’s a list of Republicans who signed the Grover Norquist Tax Pledge
It would seem there are grounds to remove Speaker of the House John Boehner and other Republicans who are involved in disrupting the government from office since they are refusing to fund the Affordable Care Act.
It also seems there are grounds to remove Republicans who signed the Grover Norquist Tax Pledge.
Republicans allegiance should be to the United States of America and the American people, not Grover Norquist.
Republicans are causing harm to the United States with no regard to the negative consequences of their actions and their conduct seems “treasonous”.
Signing this petition at the very least will let Speaker of the House John Boehner and Republicans know that we do not approve of their governing and we feel they should either be removed from office or resign