Part of the Oath of Office taken by the United States President is "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will ... to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate upon taking office swear, in part, "... 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...".
Does a citizen of the United States have the same duty--ethically, if not in law--as their President, Senators, and Representatives? If they do, as citizens, have a comparable duty, what are they morally obligated to do, if anything? Is doing nothing, aiding and abetting corrupt politicians who are not honoring their oaths? I believe it is.
It's very clear that very few (perhaps none) of the United States' federal office holders are honoring their oaths. Indeed, with few (perhaps no) exceptions they do not defend the "Constitution" in either law or spirit against "all enemies, foreign and domestic"; they, in fact, sell the power invested in them by voters to the highest bidder. The following 60 Minutes interview of Jack Abramoff is evidence of the complete disregard that US federal politicians have for their solemn oaths and just how corrupt most of them are.
Given that US federal politicians, from the President on down, neither honor their oaths of office nor represent the majority of US citizens what, ethically, is required of US citizens? What is the appropriate response for an honorable, ethical citizen when the majority of a nation's politicians traffic in corruption; when corruption informs almost every law and regulation passed, every tax collected, every expenditure, and every war?
Does US citizenship demand protecting one's fellow citizens and nation from "all enemies, foreign, and domestic" and preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution? In the United States, most federal politicians are irredeemably corrupted and are, therefore, "domestic enemies." Revolution, I would suggest, is the only ethical response to such enemies. How such a revolution might be made is for another thread.