Oath of Loyalty … Good or Bad?

When a person asks for a personal oath of loyalty is that a good or bad thing? Is it a good or bad thing to find out that leaders demand it and if they don’t get it they get fired or something else happens? When has this happened in the past?

When we go back in time we find that it has happened before. When we look up the information on what it means this is the definition that I found “Loyalty Oath: An oath that declares an individual’s allegiance to the government and its institutions and disclaims support of ideologies or associations that oppose or threaten the government.”1

We use oaths when we go to court, we take an oath to tell the truth. This is done with your hand on the Christian Bible. When doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, it goes all the way back to Ancient Greece. It is done to make sure that the doctors during Hippocrates time to make sure that they would provide medical assistance to those who are in the field.

We take an oath when we join the United States Military. The meaning of the oath is “An oath is a solemn promise about your behavior or your actions. Often, when you take an oath, the promise invokes a divine being. For example, you might swear to God that something is true or swear on the Bible that something is true.” 2

Some of the leaders that have had the military take direct oaths to them instead of the country that they are sworn to protect. When we look back in history we see that during 1934 after the President von Hindenburg passed away the military was made to take a personal oath to the Chancellor {Hitler} instead of the state of Germany. President Paul von Hindenburg was a Field Marshal during WWI and the second President of the Weimar Republic. The reason that he put Hitler in the position of Chancellor was due to the political instability and economic depression. 3

With people of power have decided to have people take an oath to them instead of the country, there are several problems that come up.

 

 

Suggested Reading:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Hippocratic-oath

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Paul-von-Hindenburg

http://research.calvin.edu/german-propaganda-archive/hess1.htm

 

 

Sources:

1} Loyalty Oath. (n.d.) West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. (2008). Retrieved May 11 2017 from http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Loyalty+Oath

2} Examples of Oath. (n.d.). Retrieved May 11th, 2017, from http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-oath.html

3} https://www.britannica.com/biography/Paul-von-Hindenburg


 

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