How many objections do I have to this idiocy? Where to start?
- The first thing that struck me was how the language of the oath would be interpreted. What exactly does "support" mean? Does this mean if I say some provision of either is "stupid," or "unenforceable" or "dubious" or "nonsense," will I be hauled into court for violating the oath?
- Does anybody besides lawyers know what the state constitution says?
- What chance would an obvious socialistic bastard like me (subscription to Harper's magazine, member of the ACLU, contributor to peace organizations, publisher of this blog, etc.) have in such a court?
- What chance would anybody brought to court for violating this oath have?
- How much does this muzzle teachers at this institution of higher learning from saying what they want?
- Is there any conception of academic freedom at this institution?
- How many other states require such an oath?
- Has anybody ever tested this oath in court? (would obviously have to be somebody who has secured employment elsewhere)
- There are some laws of this state that I will not support . . . like the draconian immigration law. Does this disqualify me from the start?
I can remember a time in this country when everybody defended somebody's right to say what they wanted, the right to have an opinion (unless you were black in the pre-1964 South, a communist, socialist, or pacifist). That was before we became possessed by fear. Those days are gone, brothers and sisters. America is going fascist before our eyes, and worse: with our tacit consent. We are but one more terrorist attack from giving over the tattered remnants of our liberties to our "protectors."