Abbeville County: Constitutional Adherence by Candidates and Elected Officials
This below resolution was passed at the Beaufort county convention, and will now go to the resolutions committee. If the resolutions committee passes it, the resolution will be up for a vote at the state convention. However, before the resolutions committee votes, they want to know your opinion. Please use the comments section below to give us your opinion, and please use your real name. Thank you!
It is our belief that the Constitution of the United States of American and its amendments, and by extension the Constitutions of the States, are the most important documents in government. It is nothing less than a formal contract between the citizens of the United States and their governing bodies. There are increasing examples of our elected representatives disregarding these contracts, and in many cases holding them in contempt. We hold that when an elected official acts outside of the limits of the Constitution he or she is in violation of their Oath of Office.
Any person elected to national office must take 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; I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
The State Oath of Office reads: I do solemnly swear or affirm that I am duly qualified according to the Constitution of this State, to exercise the duties of the office to which I have been elected, and that I will to best of my ability discharge the duties thereof, and preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of this State and of the United States. So help me God.
Therefore, Be It Resolved That any candidate running for office or any elected official holding office in the state of South Carolina, should be familiar with the Constitution of United States of America, the Constitution of the State of South Carolina and the Oath of Office. They should state in their printed material, on their websites and in their spoken statements they understand and intend to abide by that oath. We resolve that it is the duty and responsibility of the Republican Party of South Carolina to hold any elected official to his or her Oath of Office. If an elected official violates and continues to violate their oath, it is the duty and responsibility of the Republican Party of South Carolina to withhold support from that elected official and work for his or her defeat at the polls.