I do solemnly swear 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.
This has the ring of the cold war. I think it should be revised. Here is my suggestion:
I do solemnly swear that I will promote justice for all and the general welfare by acting in the public interest. That I will accept no contributions other than from individual constituents. That I will give my constituents my honest services rather than acting for partisan interests, special interests, or self-interest.
If Congress would adopt my oath, our country might be a better place.
© William Hungerford – January 2015