Tomorrow, Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office as our 45th president. He will swear (or affirm) that he:
“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.”
I, on the other hand, am skipping the inauguration (though I’ll listen on radio), and I will take my own oath.
I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully make sure that my new president executes the duties of his office ethically, legally, and with malice toward none. I will also do my best to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and I will execute my job as a journalist without fear or favor, and I will do my best to teach my students to think critically, to fear nothing, and to enter the profession that has served me so well with the ability to think critically, recognize facts, and draw their pen/swords, when necessary — also without fear or favor.
So help me God.