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That's Change I can believe in

Posted Monday, November 10, 2008, at 9:30 AM

I am a big fan of our government. Why you ask? Because it works.

I am growing increasingly aggravated with people who assume that one person, i.e. the President, will make or break the country. In case you haven't been paying attention, the President is only one man.

You see our government has a system of Checks and Balances set up so that no one branch of government can become too powerful. The legislative branch creates the laws, the judicial branch interprets the laws and the executive branch enforces the laws.

In our country the President is more of a face than anything else. Yes, he is influential with this ideas and goals, however he has to get congress to agree. In fact, if anybody has ever been in a student organization in college or any other group, the president is the least powerful individual. In most cases, according to parliamentary procedure, the president can only vote to create or break a tie. In the case of the U.S. government, the President doesn't vote period.

The President does have the power to sign legislation, veto the legislation or let it die on his desk without a signature. Also, he appoints the supreme court justices. But back to the Check and Balances, congress has to approve the appointments.

I do believe that President-elect Barack Obama is a man out to change the country and I am okay with that. However, I also believe that whether Obama or McCain won, the change would not be immediate. I believe that change will happen, but not that quickly, it will be a while before things really begin to change.

During his campaign Obama said, "That's change we can believe in!" To me, slow change is change I can believe in.


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I'm really afraid now that I've read your article. The [Democratic] President with a [Democratic] Congress can do a lot of damage in 4 years. Really hope you do get to go back to school, just not sure about the teaching thing.

-- Posted by Workerbee on Tue, Jan 27, 2009, at 11:49 AM

I think our discussion has reached the point where have the stance of the average American's perception of the office of President where as you have the stance of the reality of the office of President.

-- Posted by FST_Pommier on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 2:07 PM

The problem is that most people do not seperate internal and external problems. The POTUS (as the Secret Service calls him) commands extreme authority with the executive order. These declarations are not subject to congressional approval and can be administered at will. This shapes domestic policy. The more severe problem exists in foreign policy projection. The world still looks the The United States as the bastion of rightiousness, regardless of what many would like you to believe. In this capacity, the POTUS (through his action or words) speaks for all American citizens.

-- Posted by il Duce on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 1:17 PM

Very true, however, I think that some people are viewing the POTUS (as you put it) as some almighty higher power that will either be the savior of the country or the man who leads the country to it's demise.

As we've seen with the Bush term, the President is only as powerful as the administration which supports him. President Bush should not be the only one to blame for the country's current situations. I believe that he was misinformed to a point by his administration. I commend him for being loyal to his supporters, however, I also believe that he was too loyal to the point where it was destructive to his cause and his country.

I may not have voted for Barack Obama but I will support him as the leader of my country. After all, he would do a heck of a better job than I would.

-- Posted by FST_Pommier on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 11:17 AM

You are generally correct on your assessment of the system of checks and balances. However, the President is more than just a figurehead. Much of the globe takes its cues from the acts of the office of the Presidency. In the areas of foreign policy and the use of the military, the POTUS wields extreme authority. Especially in a situation such as the present...with a Congress and President united in affiliation, there is the possibility of substantial change. With the appointment of justices, the President can greatly influence the way that the Constitution is interpreted.

-- Posted by il Duce on Mon, Nov 10, 2008, at 10:57 PM


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