On Oaths

People sometimes swear solemn oaths; jurors swear an oath to faithfully try the defendant and give a true verdict according to the evidence. In Nazi Germany people swore the Wehrmacht Oath of Loyalty to Adolf Hitler. It was an oath of blind obedience. “I swear by God this sacred oath that to the Leader of the German empire and people, Adolf Hitler, supreme commander of the armed forces, I shall render unconditional obedience and that as a brave soldier I shall at all times be prepared to give my life for this oath.” Hitler was the master of the German people, not the servant of the people. In the United States of America people swear the oath of allegiance to the United States when they become citizens or join the armed forces. This is not an oath of blind obedience but requires some thought, although it has often been interpreted as an oath of blind obedience. It includes a promise “that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. Continue reading