…from Seven Days in May (1964)
[Ok, not really poetry…but it seems somehow—I don’t know—fitting?]
[General James Mattoon Scott (Burt Lancaster), speaking to the President of the U.S.]
And if you want to talk about your oath of office, I’m here to tell you face to face, President Lyman, that you violated that oath … when you deliberately played upon the fear and fatigue of the people and told them they could remove that fear by the stroke of a pen. And then when this nation rejected you, lost faith in you, and began militantly to oppose you, you violated that oath by not resigning from office and turning the country over to someone who could represent the people of the United States.