An anti-immigrant Tea Party Republican state lawmaker in Arizona is pushing a bill that would require high school students to recite an oath more stringent than the oath the President of the United States is required to make, as a pre-requisite to graduating.
“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose or evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; so help me God.”
The oath the President of the United States of America is constitutionally required to make reads:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I 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.”
Rep. Thorpe says, “Constitutional oaths are common for elected officials and government employees, including the governor, the Legislature and members of our law enforcement and our military,” according to AZ Central: