Don't just obey the law. Support it!
April 6, 2012 8:39 AM Subscribe
What does this oath mean, in practice, and what does "supporting a constitution" entail?
posted by kengraham to Law & Government (13 answers total)
In September, I am starting a job at a state university (for the first time). They've just sent me some forms to fill out. One of them says that, by signing:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the State of ________, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of my position and subsequent positions, according to the best of my ability.”
The bit about discharging my duties as an employee is clear. What am I agreeing to do when I swear to "support the Constitution of ______ (a U.S. state)"? Do they mean something innocuous, or does "supporting a Constitution" entail some set of responsibilities beyond the normal following-the-laws-type responsibilities born by all citizens?
(I'm going to sign anyway, since there is no real alternative. I suspect that the "support the Constitution" doesn't require me to do things I wouldn't do anyway, but I'd like to be sure and, moreover, I am curious about what this language means and how it got there.)