To Tell The Truth
By: Stacy King-Chaney
“Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God? “The words asked, heard, vowed and affirmed, prior to a Witness giving testimony about an incident, accident, or circumstance, according to their own recollection; be it first-hand knowledge, an observation, 2nd hand reporting, or possibly, an “Expert’s” testimony. It is asked by those, who are seeking the truth. It stated by the person(s) willing to tell the truth. It is heard by those interested in the truth, judging the truth or evaluating the truth. It is a question that is put forth to insure the integrity of the Witness and the Witness’s testimony. It is not asked and affirmed to uphold any particular faith. It is not asked and affirmed to intimidate, those who swear to tell the truth. It is to solidify the platform for honest testimony and the right to weigh the testimony against the evidence without bias. It is simply an opportunity for the truth to be told and heard in order to resolve a conflict, solve a crime or clarify a misunderstanding between opposing parties. In the event that the truth a Witness swears to state is proven untrue, then the Witness has perjured him or herself. Meaning they have lied and have not upheld the oath “to tell the truth.” In that instance, they are charged with perjury and all consequences under the law are applied.
As each Witness is called to testify in the Impeachment Hearings, they are asked to take an oath “to tell the truth.” To date, each Witness coming forward has taken the oath without resistance and none are considered “Hostile Witnesses.” To date, each has come forth in order to tell the truth. To date, none of the Witnesses have pleaded the 5th. So, can we conclude that the truth is being told? Can we conclude that the Witnesses have given truthful testimony before the Congress of the United States of America? If the answer is “yes” to the aforementioned questions, then let the Hearings move forward in truth. If the answer is “no,” to the aforementioned questions, then let he or she that has not been forthright in their testimony, face the consequence of their betrayal of the oath “to tell the truth.” If indeed we are a Republic of checks and balances, then let Congress function under the oath that each elected Representative swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.
If each elected Representative is going to honor the oath to uphold the Constitution, then they must let the truth be told. If they are going to swear in Witness by the oath “to tell the truth,” then they must listen to the truth. If they are going to function within the “checks and balances” to insure that there is no abuse of power within any of the branches of Government, then they must not resist the truth being told. If our Representatives of Congress and the Senate understand that they are elected by the people to govern the Republic for the people, then they will seek the truth. They will find the truth. They will evaluate the findings truthfully for the benefit of our Republic.
So, as each Witness is sworn in “to tell the truth, so help you God.” Let the truth be told.