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Kings, dictators and presidents

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Last Edited: September 3, 2005, 10:03 pm

 

The framers of the US Constitution knew all about kings.

That’s the reason when they created the job of president, they were careful to studiously limit his powers, making it so almost anything he did required the consent of the US Congress.

The Constitution of the US gives the President the power to pass, or veto acts passed by Congress, with the caveat that Congress can over-ride his veto.

The Constitution makes him the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. He’s allowed to make war, provided a declaration of war has been passed by Congress.

He owns the diplomatic corps and gets to appoint judges and cabinet members, but only with the advice and consent of Congress.

Otherwise, the framers didn’t allow the president to do much of anything.

They didn’t want a king. They knew perfectly well what kings, dictators emperors, and presidents behaving as any of the above were capable of doing.

Today, Americans have come the full circle.

While the dictators have mostly been stripped of their powers all over the world, while the monarchs are eunich figureheads, while the emporers have all fallen into the wastebins of history, Americans are demanding, absolutely begging for the American president to become a king, (or remain one) and continue ignoring the limits of the office established by the US Constitution.

This hurricane disaster is a glowing example of Americans once more demanding that their president act as a king, or emperor.

The people who are whining and complaining aren’t, as they should be, demanding that the president act precisely in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution. They are screaming hatred at him because he’s not behaving the way they fanaticize some king they’d prefer from another political party might behave, given the opportunity.

I don’t like this guy. He’s already performing plenty well enough like a king to overly satisfy my needs and desires. The people who are demanding he become a monarch wouldn’t like him better if he was more like one, either.

And there’s cause to doubt any of us would like a king from the other party any better, comes to that.

This country doesn’t need a king. It doesn’t even need a president. The machinery of government is so entrenched the country would go on operating business as usual indefinitely, were he to simply vanish.

The only people who would miss him, miss the office are the king worshipers and the media.

The framers of the US Constitution knew all about kings and king worshipers.

Jack

 

 

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Comments

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LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - September 4, 2005, 9:48 am
i agree. i don't like the guy either,i definitely agree with you on that.a lot of what you just said is certainly true.i'm not leaning toward democrat or republican but this "king" we have now comes off as an arrogant you know what to me.he is really gotten this country in a huge mess here in the last five years.......
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Comment by Rip Snorter - September 4, 2005, 10:27 am
Lottomike:

Thanks for the comment.

I'll not suggest this prez hasn't made his mistakes and done some ill-deeds. I'm sure he has. But you have to keep in mind that he's just choo-chooing down a track that was created a long time ago, a track that's been followed by every prez since WWII.

The unconstitutional powers of the prez we take for granted today were provided to allow President Roosevelt enough elbow room to conduct WWII. Those powers continued through the cold war because it was generally accepted that a prez needed to be able to respond instantly to a nuclear threat from the USSR.

Those powers were EMERGENCY powers, a special provision made in response to special conditions for the duration of the EMERGENCY.

With the exception of Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, Republican Gerald Ford, and probably Democrat Jimmy Carter, every prez since Franklin Roosevelt has used, abused, and done everything imaginable to increase those EMERGENCY powers.

Harry Truman got us into a protracted war in Korea without asking for a declaration of war from Congress. (Democrat)

John Kennedy, Bay of Pigs, etc etc etc, including the assassination by the CIA of the President of Vietnam. No declaration of war by congress. (Democrat)

Lyndon Johnson, more Vietnam, phony Gulf of Tonkin incident trumped up to befuddle opposition and extend our war there. No declaration of war by congress. (Democrat)

Nixon rode in on the promise of getting us out of Vietnam 'with honor'. Got us out about six years and a lot of lives later. No declaration of war by congress. (Republican)

Ronald Reagan, Iran-Contra, US major military involvement in Central America, Grenada, Panama. No declaration of war by congress. (Republican)

Bush I. Iraq war I. No declaration of war by congress. Used US military in the exploding War on Drugs activities. Used the War on Drugs to shoot more powers into the presidency. (Republican)

Whatever this last guy's name was.... the BJ man. Used the War on Drugs to extend US military power within the boundaries of the US. Allowed US troops to become involve in a State of Texas problem without being invited, murdered dozens of Texas residents all in violation of Federal Statutes and the US Constitution. Began the Patriot Act debacle to further increase the power of the presidency and further erode the Bill of Rights for Americans. (Democrat).

This guy. Probably you all know what this guy's done besides get us into another undeclared presidential war. I dont' because I try not to pay attention to the news. (Republican)

Sorry mike. Mostly, I think they've all aspired to kingship, dictatorship, with the exception of those I've mentioned as exceptions.

But Americans deserve the presidents they elect and the consequences of the powers they grant them, demand of them.

The USSR packed up the tents and went home around 1990. WWII finally was over then, along with the EMERGENCY. The song has ended but the malady lingers on.

Jack



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Comment by Rip Snorter - September 4, 2005, 10:40 am
The Cold War and the EMERGENCY ended because it bankrupted the USSR and the Russian people didn't like living under a dictator. They realized they couldn't afford to be an empire.

The citizenry and government of the US were also bankrupted by the Cold War, but US citizens can't think of a single thing higher to aspire to than being an empire, having a dictator instead of a president.

Of course, they haven't yet digested the fact that they're bankrupt.

Jack

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