I swore that I would "not" protect the laws of Texas or the constitutions of either Texas or the United States. It was determined by the LP leadership, after consultation with the Texas Secretary of State's office, that it would be prudent to remove my name from the candidate list in order to bow to the established system before there could be a legal confrontation over it.
What I think the political party candidates miss when they sign these oaths/ affirmations is that they just got handed a shell game by rich and powerful men and women. That oath presented to politicians was not to God; rather, it was to serve the rich and powerful, who wrote the laws and constitutions of Texas and the United States with God's name tacked on in a very tricky way, reminiscent of a used car salesman's pitch. They make you think you are doing one thing, when, in fact, you are doing the opposite. Gandhians pick up on this subtle trick when reading Leo Tolstoy's book, "The Kingdom Of God Is Within You," that starting place of Gandhian Philosophy/ Religion.
So every time you get ballot access by signing that you will, under oath/ affirmation (legal contract), serve a set of thousands of laws that you've never read and a couple of constitutions that are so subject to interpretation that entire court systems must be in place hundreds of years later to interpret them, you are not only lying to man, you are flipping Truth/ God the middle finger in the name of your excursion.
During his lifetime, Gandhiji took eleven vows (direct divine oaths between he and God), but he did not take oaths to man's will and words in the name of God. And this is the trap we must overcome, if we are to free Texas and America from being the dog chasing its tail or the horse hobbled by the rich and powerful to do their will and word in the name of God.
Does this sound right?: "I swear that I will defend Monsanto from all enemies." How about this one?: "I swear or affirm that I will preserve, protect and defend the 10 planks of 'The Communist Manifesto' codified by the rich and powerful into the laws and constitutions of my fatherland, so help me God."
No: "swear not" -- give no allegiance to Caesar/ government, by oath or affirmation.
Tolstoyan-Gandhian Libertarian Candidate for Texas Governor
[Endorsed by Dr. Noam Chomsky (Intellectual of the Age) and Dr. Ravindra Kumar (World's Most Prominent Gandhian Intellectual)]
(Treasurer: Fred Smart)
P. S. Money + Lawyers + Politicians + Time = Legalization or Illegalization of Anything.