I have posted on this subject before. I shall repeat myself.
The President of the United States is not an administrator! He is the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.” Further, “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.”
Those are his duties in a nutshell. Anything more is too much more. Anything less is dereliction of duty.
The President of the United States is not an administrator! For far too long, and excessively so under Barack Obama, the presidents have sought to be administrators. To repeat, “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” That mean he shall execute the laws and go no further. Accordingly, he should not deviate from the execution thereof. Both are neither his responsibility, right, nor privilege.
The president is figure-head domestically, with eminent power internationally. That translates to two serious roles. I shall address the latter first.
The president should be representing the United States in all matters which affect the states in international affairs. That does not include dalliances with nation building and the internal or even international affairs of other nations…up to the point that those affairs clearly and directly prove an eminent threat to the states. Thus the president should be the best of diplomats which the nation can produce, not the poorest as we currently are experiencing.
Domestically, the president is a culture builder. That is about the sum and substance of it. A lazy or inept Congress does not expand the president’s role.
As a culture builder each president has had their own style and capabilities. Under John F. Kennedy American saw a vision of the future. Beyond the cliché “the sky literally was the limit” of what and where we as a people could go. Under Ronald Reagan America thrived with a culture of confidence.
Kennedy knew how to motivate people to believe in their future and hope in their heritage. “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” We all remember hearing those words directly from him, or from a teacher along the years. Less often heard were these words,
“We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans – born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage – and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
This much we pledge – and more. ”
Ronald Reagan was no lesser a man of culture of confidence. Boldly he faced the world and America’s greatest adversary, Russia, and said,
“We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Now we come to today’s America, with Barack Obama as President. He has established a culture of corruption.
As maligned as Jimmy Carter was for his failed presidency even he had moments where he was a true executive. Obama has had none. Jimmy Carter gave a rousing speech wherein he said “”I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy,…The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will.” People were motivated. Two days later he acted by dismissing his dismissive cabinet.
Yet, under Barack Obama there have been a multitude of failures. It sounds like every department in the executive branch has found a way to offend, alienate, or deceive the American public. The national government stinks of corruption. That is the result of a culture perpetrated by this president. Allow me to explain.
President don’t surround themselves with pansies. They don’t sit in the audience of wall flowers. The men and women they surround themselves with are people of strong and dominating personalities. They are the proverbial crowd that if given an inch they will take a mile. Such powerful people must be led by an equally powerful person. The presidency is no place for an apologist. Barack Obama is an apologist.
Like most presidents Barack has gathered around him a gaggle of arrogant peacocks. That may sound bad or maybe insulting. It is seriously not meant to sound that way. Peacocks are fierce, protective, flamboyant, loud and proud. They are arrogant. By necessity the heads of departments in the executive branch MUST BE arrogant. But they must be led.
President Obama has generated a culture of corruption by failing to lead. He has failed to set the standards of conduct which he promised in his campaign speeches. Those speeches were lofty and appealing to some. However, they are now fading puffs of smoke. And, this president’s response has been to whimper, snivel and insult.
Every department has been taken over by the person at the top (without any leadership), seeking arrogant acclaim and accolades. Obama has permitted it to happen. He has set no standards. His role allows him to require of them regarding the duties of their office. He hasn’t, and they have run amuck embarrassing both him and the nation.
He fears to offend Eric Holder, by insisting that the AG do his duty without fear or favor. Just today he was used faint praise to defend the head of the CIA for violations of the law and lying. He trembles at the idea that Hillary might reveal him for the incompetent person he is…if he confronts her about Benghazi. He has used executive orders to interfere with Congress, but no influence over the blatant lies of Lois Lerner. He allows his flunkies to send guns into Mexico Cartels, allows hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to flood the border, and has no capacity to direct his Secretary of State to get a marine home from Mexico.
When confronted with a lying CIA Director he accepts the advice from self-inflated underlings to distract America with condemnation of Israel.
As much as I dislike repeating the old cliché Barack Obama is allowing the fox to guard the hen-house. No, in reality, he is allowing foxes, wolves, and weasels to run the barnyard.
That Is The Way I See It.