"...in sickness and in health..."
"...the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth..."
"...uphold and defend the Constitution..."
Wedding vow, sworn testimony, oath of office. Which of these three commonly made promises would you say is most routinely broken? Most commonly kept?
Though I'm not a reflexively cynical or negative person, recent personal and public events have tested my innate optimism and lifelong belief that people can be trusted to stand by their public declarations. I'm not proud of feeling this way. At the same time, I'm reasonably sure my malaise will pass.
In the meanwhile, I'm paying a lot more attention to my own words, especially promises I make. Because in the end, I'm only as good as my word.