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Bergman didn’t uphold his oath

EDITOR:

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, always features his U.S. Marine background in his public persona. U.S. Marines have their famous motto “Semper Fi,” or Always Faithful. With Bergman’s signing on to Trump’s unconstitutional lawsuit to overturn election results, the motto should be changed to “Numquam Fi,” Never Faithful. Bergman took the following oath:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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.”

That oath pledges loyalty to the Constitution’s propositions, among which are:

Article I, Section 4 which provides that the legislature of the individual states establish “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections …” Article IV, Section 1, states “Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State.”

Not good enough for General Jack. He thinks it’s fine for Texas and the attorneys general of other states to tell Michigan how we should run our elections. His official explanation is questions about “fraud” but Republican Chris Krebs, Homeland Security cybersecurity chief, called the election secure, for which Trump fired him.

So Bergman is kowtowing to The Donald. He reminds me of another general, a hero in World War I, who was praised for his patriotism, entered politics, became head of Vichy France, collaborating with another authoritarian–Adolf Hitler. Marshall Philip Petain traded honor for a dishonorable end, convicted of treason and imprisoned. What is Bergman trading his honor for? Is being on Donald’s Christmas “good boy list” worth it?

Mark Miller

Kingsford

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