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By Jim Raffenburg
February 8, 2010

When a person seeks and wins elective office, they take an Oath of Office as their first official action. That Oath of Office includes a pledge to preserve, protect and defend the United States Constitution, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Their State Constitution and respective local charters are also covered by that Oath of Office.

The Oath of Office is the basis of their claim to hold legitimate authority to take actions and make decisions in the name of We the People. They are bound by that Oath to the highest level of bondage on their honor that we can impose as an organized and civil society. That Oath of Office also forms the base of our social compact as a People, to live and be bound by a set of minimal common laws for the express benefit of all of allowing us to live as free people.

Compromise that Oath of Office and you put everything at risk. Everything.

Today, after more than 200 years of freedom, we have changed as a nation. That change, in and of itself, is natural. It is part of life, so long as the basic social compact is preserved. But change can be subtle. Gradually, the very government of the nation, the “Federal Government” became something our Founders never intended for it to become. In fact, all of them worried about it and warned against it.

The general government of the Republic of the united States (small “u” intentional) became, over time, the Federal Corporate Government, a distinct, separate corporate entity from the general government. Since the end of the Civil War, most State, Commonwealth, county and city governments too have developed separate corporate governing entities, all of which create and serve their own incumbent bureaucracies.

Just like any other corporate body, government corporations have their own interests, because they are legal “persons” under the law. These corporate interests are rarely the same as the interests of We the People.

It happened so slowly and without fanfare that even as it was happening, We the People did not see it happening. Since it was a completed process before the turn of the Twentieth Century (1900), no one today ever thinks about this vital aspect of cause and effect regarding how we got to where we are today as a nation.

Yet the elected leaders of the government also serve as the de facto Board of Directors of the Governmental Corporation. That in-turn raises a very serious question regarding their fiduciary responsibilities. Whom do they serve? What is their true fiduciary responsibility?

Thankfully that answer is quite clear. They are the elected representatives of We the People first and foremost. Their primary fiduciary responsibility is to the People they serve. They serve as the Governmental Corporation Board of Directors only in the shadow of their primary obligation. They can do no harm to We the People in favor of the Governmental Corporation’s bureaucracy without violating their Oath of Office.

Unfortunately most newly elected officials have absolutely no concept of their true roles and responsibilities. Instead, they look to the bureaucracy for guidance. And the bureaucracy makes sure they are well represented, “helping” the newly elected official to “understand” that the bureaucracy is the government, not the elected official. In short, they are lied to by the self-serving bureaucrats they trusted for help.

The truth is just the opposite. The elected officials are the government. The bureaucracy is just the hired help.

The result is the upside-down government we know all too well these days.


The same principle logic applies to incorporated religious organizations. Our Founders were deeply committed to their faith in God and expected the leaders of their churches to serve as the primary watchmen of the Republic, serving as the moral guardians who would warn their parishioners (We the People) of any moral or ethical failures by their elected leaders that put Liberty at risk.

Church leaders today face the same fiduciary responsibility problem faced by our elected leaders. With the advent of the Federal Corporate Government tax system, most modern churches were forced to become non-profit corporations, which created a new “person”, the corporate church. It owes allegiance for its very existence to the Federal Corporate Government that gave it life. If the Board of Directors of the non-profit church corporation wish to continue to receive the tax benefits granted to them in exchange for their loyalty to the Federal Corporate Government, the Board of Directors of the non-profit church corporation must do what they are told to do, and not to do. Their primary restriction? No discussion of politics.

This has severed the ties between We the People and our church leadership as envisioned by our Founders.

Ministers, pastors, priests, rabbis, and other church leaders must decide who they actually serve. No one can serve two masters. Not in church, nor in government.

Once We the People understand what has happened, it will be very easy to see clearly what is actually going on, why things never change for the better and why government today is completely out-of-touch with the People, whose interests they have a legal and moral obligation to serve.

As a word of caution, the existence of private corporations, in and of themselves, is not a major cause of the political problems we all face today. In fact, the idea of private corporations is vital to the security of the private enterprise, free-market system, which in-turn is vital to maintaining our Liberty. Private corporations should not be feared or blindly vilified as evil. Nor should religious or government corporations be followed blindly or attacked without cause.

All should be judged by their actions.

If you don’t like what a private corporation does, don’t patronize their place of business or use their products.

If you see hypocrisy in your church or it’s leadership, challenge that behavior. If it won’t change and you cannot compromise your principles, change your place of worship.

If your elected leadership serves the bureaucracy instead of honoring their Oath of Office to serve We the People first, then remove them from office, through elections or by recall. Either of these would be warranted, based upon any elected leader violating their Oath of Office by favoring the government bureaucracies interests over the interests of We the People.

If your elected leadership takes any action to thwart your lawful authority to act Constitutionally, they move from a simple violation of their Oath of Office to open rebellion against the very documents they swore an Oath to preserve and protect.

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At that point, they become the very domestic enemies their sworn Oath of Office obligates them to fight against. As a result, they no longer have any legitimate right to exercise lawful authority.

See them for what they are. Then ask yourself what our Founders would have done.

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Jim Raffenburg lives in Southern Oregon with his wife Jan. He has 12 years of government experience, holding positions of elected and appointed office. He is a former County Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, Reserve Deputy Sheriff and court approved mediator. He has worked for N.A.S.A. as a Construction Administrator and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1973. Jim is an avid reader and life-long conservative, with many liberal friends. He is a Constitutionalist and strong supporter of the principle that all Americans should expect their elected or appointed government officials to defer to original intent when they make decisions in the name of We the People.








If your elected leadership serves the bureaucracy instead of honoring their Oath of Office to serve We the People first, then remove them from office, through elections or by recall.






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