Loyalty Oath and Bond
The Florida Constitution in Article II Section 5b requires public officers to swear an oath of loyalty and "give bond as required by law." Section 5 provides this:
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SECTION 5. Public officers.—(a) No person holding any office of emolument under any foreign government, or civil office of emolument under the United States or any other state, shall hold any office of honor or of emolument under the government of this state. No person shall hold at the same time more than one office under the government of the state and the counties and municipalities therein, except that a notary public or military officer may hold another office, and any officer may be a member of a constitution revision commission, taxation and budget reform commission, constitutional convention, or statutory body having only advisory powers.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States and of the State of Florida; that I am duly qualified to hold office under the Constitution of the state; and that I will well and faithfully perform the duties of (title of office) on which I am now about to enter. So help me God.”,
and thereafter shall devote personal attention to the duties of the office, and continue in office until a successor qualifies.
Thus, the legislature decides who has to have a bond. Florida Statutes require a bond for sheriffs and their deputies, tax collectors, public service commissioners, clerks, and others who handle money or property. No statute requires a bond for judges. Florida's governement "self-insures." The Risk Manager for the CFO backs the financial risk of judges, probably because judges have conferred immunity on themselves.
No law punishes a public employee's violation of loyalty oaths except by virtue of statutes, rules, and regulations forbidding specific behaviors that might or might not constitute oath violations. It's a dice-roll. As a consequence, oaths mean pretty much nothing, except in the mind of those who swear it.
You might have noticed the words "and Government" in the foregoing oath text. By swearing to support governments, the public officer promises to ignore the Constitution because loyalty to a government official who has gone rogue constitutes loyalty to an enemy of the Constitution. Loyalty to Government means loyalty to people in government, not to the ideals of good government. Such language creates and perpetuates the "good old boys network" that all Citizens rightly despise and fear.
Take heart, though. Only the Public Officer's oath in Florida has such idiotic language. The public employee oath in Florida Statute 876.05 and officer's oath in 4 USC 101 do not contain that language.
The Bottom Line of Loyalty Oath EnforcementWE THE PEOPLE have to FORCE people in government to behave constitutionally. When they don't, we start a gradient approach to creating enough displeasure in them to overcome their flippant disregard for and make them adhere to the Constitutions of the US and State.
The "gradient?" Figuratively, we look over at the drawer where the book of matches rests, then back at them. If that doesn't get their attention, we walk over to the drawer and put our hand on the drawer handle. If that doesn't get it, we pull the drawer open and look into it, then back at them. If that doesn't work, we proceed step by step till we have them boiling in a giant cauldron of soup. Then, in front of all the other public officers, we pull out our silver spoons and eat the ones in the cauldron. That's the ONLY way to do it that make sense. Heads on a pike in full public view, so to speak.
In order for us to become competent at the job of exhibiting the sovereignty of citizenship, we must put wise and competent governors in place, watch them like a hawk, and boil those who attempt or usurp power we did not give them.
We Must Study to Become Good CitizensIn order to understand whether public employees violate their loyalty oaths to constitutions, we must set out on a course of study. We must learn the ideals of good government through history studies, then the constitutions, then the nomination and election process, then the court system, then litigation practice, then the rules of court procedure and evidence code, then relevant laws and court rulings.
We Must Observe and Talk to Government EmployeesOne cannot control what one does not monitor. Therefore we must watch public employees, particularly elected and appointed officers, like a hawk. And we must communicate to them our pleasure or displeasure with their performance.
Of course we must recruit our family members and fellows, and teach them the same.
And above all, we must become politically active - learning about politicians, encouraging good people with good knowledge and sense to run, preventing the evil ones from getting elected, and kicking out those who do a bad job in government. We must run to support those whom government employees have abused under color of law, INVESTIGATE to learn whether abuse occurred, and ACTIVATE to excise the abuse and abuser from Government.
Constitution Tweaking RequiredA Constitution must serve the ideals of good government AND evolution of civilization. And we must realize that those who went before us probably put wrong things in the Constitution. So, we must tweak our Constitution to remove its bad elements and put better ones in.
For example, our Constitutions grant suffrage to utterly irresponsible people, and that simply must change in order to create and maintain a great republic. We cannot let children, indigents, the stupid, the abysmally ignorant, and recipients of welfare vote. Only the smart, self-sufficient, industrious, educated, and responsible Citizens should have the right to vote.
We must not permit businesses and governments to contact, lobby, support, or campaign for elected and appointed public officers. We must police the election process to make and keep it fair and honest. We must re-empower the non-government grand juries, impanel them with well-educated, responsible voters, and establish mechanisms for them to investigate and indict public officers for crimes and malfeasance, and establish extra-government trials of those indicted. We must eliminate abusive taxation, deficit spending, participation of the bar and its members in government, and all forms of sovereign immunity. We must restore the voice of state legislatures in the federal government, via the US Senate. We must strip of all government authority and money those in and out of government who violate their loyalty oaths And we must insist that schools teach all of the above principles to children as part of the standard public education.
The Critical Importance of Civilization CitizenshipI consider the above as the minimum obligations of American Citizenship. But our public obligation does not stop there. We also must work to reform and improve the American Civilization. We ought to find ways to improve the quality of our gene pool by dramatic reduction of the number of people with IQ below 85, who cannot graduate from high school. Presently upwards of 85 million people in the USA suffer with the affliction of such low intelligence that they simply cannot compete for good jobs and mates, and they ultimately become a serious public burden.
We need to overhaul the public education system so that it matriculates responsible, well-educated or well-trained adults, ready for immediate and productive employment. We should require our low-intelligence children to attend special schools that teach academics to the 7th grade and them put the students into apprenticeship programs where they learn a trade or simple productivity that does not frustrate them. The system educate the smarter students all the way to PhD levels if they have the aptitude. And the schools should balance academics with practical work in school factories and farms where they make their own food, clothing, furniture, and computers. Schools should run 11 hours a day 6 days a week 11 months a year, and teachers should work 3 12-hour days per week and go on sabbatical every 7th year. All students tutor junior students. Schools give no homework, allow no soda pop, candy, or junk food, and feed the children breakfast and lunch of raw, fresh, organic nuts, grains, berries, and vegetables daily. The system should rate students and teachers based on statistical performance, and post the results publicly for all to see and understand.
I won't go into the myriad problems the above education model would solve, as anyone with common sense should intuitively imagine them.
Conclusion - Get Off Your ButtThe USA's founders did not sit on their butts and leave government up to others. They wanted to, of course. But the king's abuses rose to the level of intolerability, and the colonists had to rise up against those abuses. The leaders, fortunately, did not wait to get an education in the basics till it had become too late. Today's Americans, however, have waited. Most haven't a clue about the ideals of good government, or of law. Many ignore the political process.
To all of you, I say "Get off your butt!" Get the necessary education now, become politically active along the ideals of good government. If you see a problem, get busy and correct it. Work to improve our nation and civilization. Don't expect the next guy to do it because he might be a Communist or Fundamentalist Muslim, both of whom want to destroy our republics.
If you don't do this, WHO WILL?