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"Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent
alliances with any portion of the foreign world.."
George Washington (1796)
"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should
be our motto."
Thomas Jefferson (1799)
"The ongoing migration of persons to the United States
in violation of our laws is a serious national problem
detrimental to the interests of the United States." -
Ronald Reagan, 1981
never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It
does so because honor is, finally, about defending those
noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if
it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean
social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution,
or as always, even death itself. The question remains:
What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What
is worth living for?" -
William J. Bennett in a
lecture to the U. S. Naval Academy, Nov 24, 1997
STAR: A journey through the solar system
For those in the Texas State Guard,
there is another pledge that is taken to serve:
The Oath - Texas State
"I, _________________, do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the State of Texas and to the United States of America; that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies whomsoever, and that I will obey the orders of the governor of Texas, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the laws, rules, and articles for the government of the military forces of the State of Texas."
I am a Texas State Guardsman,
I am proud to serve my state, my community, and my country as a
I will serve honestly, faithfully, and proudly.
I will selflessly defend the constitutions of my state and my
country against all enemies foreign and domestic.
I will uphold the traditions and expectations of my unit, my state,
and my country.
I will obey the orders of my commanders and NCO’s and carry them out
quickly and efficiently to the best of my ability.
I am a soldier and I will conduct myself in the highest standard and
will act in a professional manner at all times.
No matter what situation I am in, I will never do anything for
pleasure, profit, or personal safety, which will disgrace my
uniform, my unit, my state, or my country.
I am a Texas State Guardsman!
Other Oaths & Pledges are: