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By William J. Lawler II, M.Ed. January 15th, 2013

A Petition Approach to have Military and LE
carry the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.



I am Lt. William J. Lawler II, M.Ed, and I have created a White House petition that I believe you and your members and supporters will completely support. It calls on the President to order all members of the military and federal law enforcement agencies to carry a pocket sized copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution on them at all times that they are on duty as a part of their uniform requirements. Here is the link to my petition: or, this link

The text of my petition is:

We petition the President to order all branches of the United States Military and all federal law enforcement agencies to amend their respective uniform codes/standards/requirements to include the requirement that all members of the military and all sworn federal law enforcement officers must at all times maintain a copy of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of The United States of America on their person. This requirement shall apply to all duty uniforms, including field and dress attire, as well as civilian attire that is worn on duty. Specifics as to precise placement of these documents for each uniform shall be determined by each branch and agency on a uniform by uniform basis. Reasonable exceptions may be made for reasons for safety.

Here is a preamble that I have written to support this petition:

♦ Whereas, the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land and the Declaration of Independence provided the basis for the eventual founding of the United States of America.
♦ Whereas, all members of the military and all sworn federal law enforcement officers take an oath to support and to defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
♦ Whereas, the Constitution is the sole basis for the existence of the United States Military and of all federal law enforcement agencies.
♦ Whereas, it is generally accepted that a significant number of Americans have a deficient knowledge of and appreciation for American History and Government, which by extension would de facto include members of the military and sworn law enforcement officers.
♦ Whereas, the irony cannot be lost on even the most casual of observers of individuals filling positions which require them to take an oath to risk their lives for a document of which they have deficient knowledge.
♦ Whereas, copies of The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution are readily and inexpensively available in combined and compact formats that easily fit into even the smallest of pockets.
♦ Whereas, the President is the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military, and the Chief Executive of all federal law enforcement agencies.

If you are so inclined I would greatly appreciate your support in spreading the word about my petition.

Sincerely,

Lt. William J. Lawler II, M.Ed

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