It is the year of our Lord Twenty Twenty and of the United States of America the Two Hundred Forty-four. The majority of our citizenry lives in some degree of affluency when compared to the rest of the world, yet at this time, We the People have seemingly lost our way. Where are the fervor and zeal of our Founding Fathers and those of our patriotic ancestors who established our Constitutional Republic as a bastion of Liberty? There must be some cause, some good reason, why our Founding Fathers and our patriotic ancestors were so eager for Liberty then, and now We the People are eager for the servitude (slavery) of Socialism. Therefore, I have determined to lay aside my Quill Pen and take Keyboard in hand to once again write in defense of our divinely inspired Constitution.
Our Founding Fathers were true Statesmen, whose only desire was for the good of our fledgling nation and the Liberty and Freedom of We the People. It is true they had loyalty to their several States, but they had no “Party” loyalties because political parties only emerged during the administration of President George Washington. He is the only President in our history not to belong to or have allegiance to a political party.
In Federalist Paper 2020 #1, the six purposes We the People had for establishing our Constitutional Republic were covered as stated in the Preamble. In Federalist Paper 2020 #2, Article I on the Legislature was covered.
We the People need to reflect and consider now on the Presidency as set forth in Article II. Executive Power.
Section 1 of this Articles states: The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” To this President Washington added, “So help me God.” This addition has been used by all forty-four of his successors.
The President is the Head of State, the CEO, of our Constitutional Republic. As such, he is the point of the spear in our relationship with all other nations of the world. He is recognized as the “leader” of the western world. The desk in the Oval Office is where the “Buck” stops. Like the Captain of a ship, the President is responsible for ALL that happens within his administration as they sail the ship of state through the turbulent seas of foreign and domestic affairs. The President is responsible (Article II. Section 3.) to the Congress and We the People for an annual report on what the administration has done and what recommendations and direction is envisioned for our Constitutional Republic going forward. This was originally given in print form to the Congress but in recent decades it has been broadcasted as “The State of the Union” speech to a joint session of the Congress and We the People.
Second only to being our Head of State is his role as Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces (Article II. Section 2.) and his responsibility to protect our Constitutional Republic from all enemies foreign and domestic. An important check and balance exists constitutionally in the use of this awesome power, the President is required to ask the Congress for permission to go to war. Since the Declaration of War against the Axis Powers of World War II, the use of this power has been done through an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Congress has done this to have room for “plausible deniability” by the members of the Congress and put ALL responsible for the conflict and use of military force on the President. This failure to ask for a declaration of war and the Congress’ willingness to grant only limited AUMFs has cost We the People considerably in blood and treasure over the past seventy years. Less blood and treasure is always expended when Generals, who have been trained for it, wage war rather than politicians who generally have never even served.
Another check and balance on the President is the power of impeachment by the Congress (Article II. Section 4.). All articles of impeachment must originate in We the People’s house. These articles must then be forwarded to the Senate for adjudication. The Senate can only remove the President from office and bar him/her from holding office in the future. An impeached President may afterwards be subject to criminal proceedings.
This power of impeachment was envisioned by the Founding Fathers as an emergency or last resort for Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Generally, We the People have the ultimate resolution for a President who fails to fulfill the trust given. This is through the ballot box every four years. This four year term is set by Article II. Section 1. President Washington set the traditional two terms of service when he told We the People that he was retiring to Mount Vernon at the end of his second term. The next thirty Presidents followed his lead. The only President to violate this tradition was our Thirty-second President, Franklin D. Roosevelt (D, 1933-1945), who ran for four terms. The traditional two terms for the President was afterwards codified by Amendment XXII of our Constitution ratified in 1951.
May God Bless and Save the United States of America —
Our Constitutional Republic !