defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; ........ Thats the line. But who knows what it means? It is required by statute ( Section 3331, Title 5, United States Code) But what for? You can not shoot or arrest anyone that says the constitution is just toilet paper, or that they hate the document. Even if somebody violates it or it's core principles ...you cant do jack. We have put political place holders in the highest of offices and courts that say they hate it. So how do you defend it? Do you speak out against the people who speak out against the Bill of rights? Must you do this from the government mandated 20 x 20 free speech zone? If you can only just speak out, will you lose your business for using free speech? Will you be shunned by, and made to look like an idiot for saying things, that the folks who hate, all, or parts, of the constitution just because they say so and have all the power? How do you defend something that was once so dear from the very government it created? So these are nothing more than hollow words, this line in a long dead and meaningless oath. Why take it? Why bother? I have been administered this oath 7 times in my life, with never an order to relinquish it upon my discharge or retirement. Are these hollow words still binding me to do absolutely nothing? At what point do abuses become eligible to act on? And what if the power says you are forbidden to act on our abuses? If words on a animal skin are meaningless to the ones who would protect it, then lets just bury the damn thing once and for all. Because you can not do anything about it one way or the other.