Friday, October 25, 2013
ITS TERM LIMITS STUPID-- PART 3
The office of President.
Last post set forth the idea of a one term president for six years. I proposed that it was sufficient time to put forth an agenda which would either sink or swim. It would not be put into a venue as it is now where the current office holder runs on the idea that he needs more time to complete and carry out his agenda and those who are all stupid and in for the freebies reelect that individual knowing not that he could care less about them but only about the power which the office brings.
The power of the office is the next item up for discussion and one which the convention needs to address. It is time we Rethink the office of the President.
It appears that the office has taken on an "air" of royalty to it which flies in the face of of the founders original intent . Pomp and protocol, inspired by a past that none can relate too have no place in the exercise of authority in the government in the 21st century. Along with this comes compensation for the office during and after his time in office. It is not unusual that by the time an individual reaches the office of the president that he may have already held several government positions- governor, senator, representative , or may have wealth in his own right. How is the presidents pension to be determined when he is entitled to multiple retirement plans? The president , like other politicians make money off his experiences during and after his time in office, through books, lectures, consultations fees and more. The presidents retirement benefits which include Secret Service protection for him and his family members, the cost of maintaining a private office, travel, his widow's pension and the "royal" funeral, need to be aligned to the respect for the office, but also to the living standard of the average American. As as with the average American, his pension should start at the retirement age defined for all by Social security.
The country has absolutely no need for a royal presidency. The president should not act as or give the impression of being a beneficent monarch. The first lady or whatever it may be in the future is not and should not be considered an extension of the president.
The limits of executive power and the methods of exercising it need to be defined. Secondly what is meant by "executive privilege. "Executive waivers" not only allow the president , but other federal administrators as well, to selectively enforce laws. These are certainly questions too serious to be left to the fuzzy notion of who is entitled to act. Should the country decide to allow them? If so, what restrictions should be imposed.
We need to move from the 19th century captivity concerning political continuity. The validation of votes for both the president and the congress should result in a swift succession of power rather than wasting time with the "lame duck" situation which allows shenanigans of all manner of things most of which are immediately erased upon the next president and or congress taking office. Currently there is 11 weeks between Election Day and Inauguration Day and it only extends influence beyond any useful term of office. Midnight rulings are but one example. Carter left behind 24,000 pages, Clinton , 26, 000 pages and Bush was not far behind. No leader of any other modern country celebrates himself as does the US President because that is what they think the people want or are told that they want. Such fantasies reflecting toward a royal aura is not the function of the presidency.
Doing away with the notion that the president is the Commander in Chief of the military is past time. Military action takes place much faster and in so many different ways that political decision lags behind or slows the action necessary. Turning a man who has never served or have refused to serve in the military, as it has occurred in recent years, to command those who have volunteered is sheer demagoguery. The practice carried on by kings, dictators-all commanders in chief, or posing as them needs to be changed since there is a better way. Allowing a so called commander in chief to arbitrarily dictate torture, assassinations and other arbitrary action against friend and foe is ridiculous and this country is getting too close to such and exercise of executive power.
Two other issues need to be addressed as well. One is "president for life". President is not a title for life nor was it ever intended to be yet we continue to address every former person who has served in the White House as president. Unfortunately this carries over to congressmen and to the justices. It borders on creation of a class of nobility. We don't need it. Lastly, Presidential libraries are nothing more than self-aggrandizing monuments. They should be paid for by the individual or by contributions, and those contributions should hold no tax exemption for it smacks of influence buying.
The records belong to the people of this country and should be in a location where they are accessible to the public who paid for them dearly. The Constitution does not support such grandeur.