Scooted out to the west to go fishing this morning. It's kind of broken country out that way, some ups and downs, not a whole lot of choices in your radio listening pleasure.
Wound up listening to a whole lot of political radio. Actually, what we listened to, was a whole lot of people running their yaps regarding what their chosen
About the third time someone mentioned "Obama", "Clinton", McCain", "service" and "the American Public" Chris turned to me and said -- probably channeling Will Rogers -- "Isn't 'service' what a bull does to a cow?"
I love my brother.
Article II of the Constitution of the United States defines, enables and empowers the Office of the President.
Section 1 of Article II defines how we elect a President, who may be elected, who gets to be President if the guy currently holding the office doesn't hold it anymore, that he gets paid and what Oath of Office he must take.
Sections 2 and 3 of Article II are what should interest everyone this Election Day -- they state what powers the President shall have.
"The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."
Do you see anything in that paragraph regarding abortion? Energy requirements? Global Climate Change?
"He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments."
Do you see anything in there about health care? Social security? Urban policy? Improving schools?
"The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session."
Do you see any mention in there of reforming immigration? Welfare? Caring for children? Parental leave?
Section 3, first paragraph:
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
How about Investing in Conservation Efforts? Broadband to Rural Americans? Carbon Credit Trading? Human Dignity? Are any of those listed ANY-BLOODY-WHERE in the duties of the President of the United States?
The President of the United States was never meant to be, nor intended to be, King of America.
The President of the United States was never meant to do anything other than what is listed in red above.
The Office of the President is, in fact, expanding far beyond the limits and the very mission which is clearly and plainly carved in the metaphorical marble of the Constitution of the United States for any and all to read.
So when you hear -- or read -- that "John McCain will reform the Tax Code" -- why does no one ask where he gets this unilateral power?
When you hear -- or read -- that Hillary Clinton will "spur the green building industry by funding the retrofitting and modernization of 20 million low-income homes" -- why does no one demand to know why she thinks she has this ability?
When you hear -- or read -- that "As president, Obama will raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2011 and index it to inflation" -- why does no one stand up and say, "You don't have the power to do that"?
Are we so desperate for an absolute monarch that we blindly and joyously allow our Presidential candidates to claim powers that are restricted to Congress? That -- obviously -- we expect him/her to do so?
The fall of this great Republic started when the people of these United States came to believe the lie that we were a Democracy, instead of a Republic.
The fall of this great Republic has been furthered by an electorate that is deliberately unknowing and willfully blind as to the limits and rights of our government.
The end of this great Republic will begin when our leaders take the power that most of the electorate believes they already have.