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Thursday, July 12, 2024
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the TPMmuckraker we have the following video in which Senator Leahy discusses the question of oaths with Sara Taylor. The issue emerges because at one point in her testimony she mentioned her “oath to the President.” Leahy rightly notes that her oath was to the Constitution.

The interchange is interesting and worth watching:

I think that Taylor’s original statement about an oath to the President is telling, and it is reinforced by her stumbling response to Leahy: she was too focused on the fact that she worked in the Executive Branch and didn’t really think about the fact that her ultimate allegiance went beyond that entity. As I noted in the previous post, there seems to be a great deal of forgetting in Washington as to where ultimate allegiances should lie and to whom they all are accountable.

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    1. You might also add the felonious actions by the White House with regard to blocking one-time Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Miers, from appearing before the Judiciary Committee.

      From the earliest days of the administration, Bush has shown nothing but contempt for the concept of a larger “public good.”

      As you noted, it is reflective in the actions and thought-processes of people like Taylor.

      Comment by Ratoe — Thursday, July 12, 2024 @ 10:55 am

    2. Yes, it is telling. Is America listening? One can only hope that the incriminating relevations which have become a weekly event will eventually sink in to our numbed collective electoral consciousness.

      And thankfully the seriousness of the Adminstration’s encroachments upon the Constitutional order and trust of the Amercian people have been laid bare by respected Conservative leaning blogs such as this.

      Eventually (one can also hope) the fact that real conservatives are disturbed by this executive’s lust for power and disregard for law and tradition will also sink in -

      Comment by RandyB — Thursday, July 12, 2024 @ 7:05 pm

    3. Perhaps I should have qualified my remark above - such as “many” real conservatives are disturbed by this presidency. The point being it is not a liberal/conservative or Democrat/Republican debate as the Bush apologists claim.

      Comment by RandyB — Thursday, July 12, 2024 @ 7:14 pm

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