Loyal to whom?
Article II, section 1 of the Constitution gives us the oath of office that is the basis of the oath everyone takes in service to this nation. It reads :
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Article VI of our Constitution states that “All officers both of the United States and the several states shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution.”
As we watch in these days one political party put the president before the Constitution, we see this same president refuse to defend this Constitution and obey and enforce its laws. We see an attorney general, who is supposed to be the lawyer for the people and also takes an oath to defend the Constitution, instead act as an advocate for the president in complete disregard for the Constitution.
When those in power give their loyalty to a man instead of to the Constitution they have sworn to uphold and defend, our democracy and freedoms are in grave danger .
Charlie Lockett, Modesto
Hiding in plain view
Our commander in chief, who claims, among myriad accomplishments, to be the most transparent president in U.S. history, certainly acts like he has things to hide.
He denounces the Mueller report, then triumphantly hides behind Attorney General Barr’s interpretation of it to the American public. Never mind that the report’s author and staff complain that Barr misrepresented the gist of the report. As far as the White House and the GOP are concerned, the issue is over.
The Donald and Barr’s Justice Department are doing everything possible to stymie any further exploration of their false narrative. Their strategy is to resist congressional subpoenas so they can protect their dark secrets. The strategy is to buy time using the court system.
Meanwhile, Trump has created a new Big Four — Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States. Interestingly, all are run by criminals.
Jim Hoagland, Ripon
Modesto owes Chris Murphy
After supporting my friend’s taco fest I came across another friend, Chris Murphy. He and Laser Voodoo owner Brian Friend were the only two still working hard in preparation for the May the Fourth Be With You event. It is Murphy and his magazine who bring much of these free family-fun events to life, with the help of faithful staff including Middagh Goodwin and others in the Modesto View family.
Got snow for Christmas? It’s Murphy’s Rockin’ Holiday that brings it to you. The Christmas tree is pioneered by Murphy as well. “American Graffiti” Walk of Fame — that’s Chris. The Modesto Area Music Awards is his brain child too.
I believe everyone who’s experienced one of Chris’ many creative events should thank him. He really does work very hard in the trenches to bring you these fabulous free events because he loves Modesto . Thank you, Chris Murphy, from a Modestan.
Efren Martinez, Modesto
Slow down, Bay commuters
To the Bay Area commuters traveling west Modesto country roads daily: Have a little more decency and respect for the people who live in houses you fly by doing 90 mph at 4:30 am. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and quit putting people’s lives at risk because of your laziness. We did not choose to live hours away from our workplace; you did. Families and children are living in these homes, families who were there generations before you.
Give us the respect we deserve, or give us your address so we can drive erratically through your neighborhood while your children sleep.
Brett Azevedo, Modesto