In 5 Days and roughly 19 hours the United States will inaugurate a new president. President-elect Trump will take office.
Some Americans who haven’t felt their voices have been heard are feeling hopeful.
Many others, the popular majority, are feeling an impending sense of doom.
Either way it’s a good time to take stock: What is the American Presidency?
- The elected Head of State versus an hereditary head of state like a king, or a self-proclaimed head of state like a dictator.
- One corner of the triangle of power in United States government. The other two are Congress and the Supreme Court. Our founders wanted a strong chief executive with checks in place to keep any one man from going from president to dictator or king.
- Like any good Chief Executive ours appoints a cabinet, but in this case not to generate profits for shareholders, but to see to the needs and protect the rights of all those in our always imperfect and sometimes fragile union. America isn’t a business it’s a democratic republic.
- Why a civilian Commander in Chief? For our founders, a slide into military dictatorship was a very real threat to our fledgling American experiment. Balance of power.
- As Chief Diplomat our president represents American’s interests around the globe not America’s interests. Think; war for oil, maybe not. War to prevent another terror attack, maybe so.
- Our president, as Chief Legislator, comes into the office with at least a sketch of a game plan, maybe based on serious study of problems he perceives in the country, or maybe based on campaign promises made to get elected. Along with goals outlined by Congress they set out meeting the needs of their people, all of us.
So: didn’t get what you wanted or changed your mind since the election, and now you plan to hole up and wait for his term to be over?
Got what you wanted and now you plan to sit back and enjoy the ride?
Consider this: Through the powers of the presidency, our president is still one man trying to balance the needs and desires of over 300 million people.
I think he still needs our help.
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