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Civil servants take the Constitution seriously

Date published: 12/14/2012

Civil servants take the Constitution seriously

As a person who served the Navy as a civilian scientist and executive for more 40 years, I feel strongly that I must take exception to Anna Yeisley's assertion that government employees "feel no loyalty to protecting the rights and economic security of Americans" ["Let's get clear on secession," Nov. 29].

I took an oath--and I've administered it--and swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to well and faithfully discharge the duties of my office. In short, I didn't legislate or make national policy, but I swore to support those who, in accordance with their constitutional authority, did.

I also know that the civil service is a collection of human beings and, as is the case with any such organization, is not perfect. There have certainly been civil servants who have made mistakes and some who have illegally profited from their position.

My experience, however, is that most civil servants take their oath seriously and "faithfully discharge the duties of their office."

Dr. Robert V. Gates