This is not what I signed up for. On April 9, 1996, I signed my name on a dotted line, I raised my right hand and said the following: “I, Mitchell Scott McKinley, 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; and that I will obey the orders of the president of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, SO HELP ME GOD!”

I meant every word of that oath. These are words that I still hold close to my heart.

Unfortunately, what I see today is not what I signed up for. The complete and total disregard for the Constitution and our very way of life being displayed by the liberal thought process in this country is nauseating.

I fought to defend the rights and freedoms that Americans enjoy today. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, the right to keep and bear arms, and the right to due process… just to name a few, are things I believe are worth fighting for. Liberal ideology has bastardized the meaning of each of those fundamental and inalienable rights that we cherish in this country.

We are having legitimate conversations about decriminalizing crossing into the country illegally.  We have governors and mayors who refuse to uphold the law.  We have organizations like Antifa that are getting more protection than our citizens get to carry our firearms legally.

Look back at the last Supreme Court nomination.  I sit and watch as Democratic “leadership” screams from the mountain tops about how evil Brett Kavanaugh is, how virtuous a woman Christine Ford is and how horrible it is that she is receiving death threats, while remaining silent about the death threats that Kavanaugh and his family are receiving. For the record, if Ford can substantiate and prove Kavanaugh did what she claims, I will reverse my opinion on the matter. But in this nation, we are innocent until proven guilty, not the opposite.

I listen to that same “leadership” telling the American people that we must believe that what Ford is saying is the truth. Yet they fall remarkably mute in regards to the allegations being brought against Keith Ellison. Why are they not telling us all that we must also believe Karen Monahan?

Why is it that when a woman has accused a high-ranking Democratic official, the allegations are “cooked up” (Ellison’s own words)? Yet when the allegations are pointed at a Conservative with YEARS of impeccable service and a spot-free private life, all we need to announce guilt is a 36-year old story that even the accuser’s witnesses are claiming didn’t happen.

Congressional leaders could take some advice from the US Army NCO creed. I have taken the liberty of writing a Congressional Creed for them.

No one is more professional than I. I am a duly elected member of the United States Congress. As a member of Congress, I realize that I am a member of a group that has been entrusted by the American people to do what is in the best interest of this nation.

I am proud of the Senate/House of Representatives and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the legislative branch, the constituents who elected me and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself. I will not use my position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety.

Competence is my watchword. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind — accomplishment of the mission I was elected for and the welfare of the American people. I am aware of my role as a Senator/Representative. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role.

All Americans are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my constituents and I will always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with the people in my state/district and never leave them uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when reviewing all legislative actions and in all votes on recommended legislation.

Other members of Congress will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of the American people. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve: seniors, peers, and subordinates alike.

I will exercise initiative, compassion, humility and integrity. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my colleagues to forget that we are professionals and leaders, elected by the people, for the people!

Mitch McKinley is a man of faith, a patriot, a US Army veteran, a husband and father of four. He owns his own technology and security consulting firm and is a proud to be a native Texan.