The attached article gives a fairly unbiased synopsis of the current 2016 candidates for President. I suggest you look closer at all of them before deciding who to vote for. In addition to your careful consideration of all the candidates, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- The President of the United States is not a law enforcement officer or a legislator. The purpose of that office is to “execute” (hence the term executive) the laws passed by Congress, and lead the government to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” When a candidate starts to brag about what “I” will do, and that candidate is talking about matters other than those described in Article 2 of the Constitution, the candidate is stepping outside the bounds of specific authority.
- Good character and social grace are important qualities in any individual. The expectation of the people for those qualities in their leaders is reasonable, and comports with a generally held view that leadership bestows a higher level of expectation than that on the general public. That being said, it is not only unfair, but unconstitutional to attempt to limit the office of President to a person who shares a particular religious belief or position. This office should be determined on matters of policy and Constitutional fidelity, not on religious faith or even the lack of it. While I agree that one who lacks the foundation of a worldview similar to that of the founders of this country should be closely scrutinized on all points relevant to the office; any disqualifying attribute will come to light without resorting to a religious test.
- The Presidency of the United States was deliberately designed to avoid what we currently see going on, namely a popularity contest. Media presence, sound bites, and above all the so-called debates that come far closer to the WWE than they do the USA all contribute to the idea that every American citizen gets to express their own personal opinion about who should “win” the presidency. That is precisely why the founders created the Electoral College. They wanted to have a safety valve process just in case some populist power monger came along and succeeded in leading a wave of popular opinion that threatened the stability of the Republic. This is not to be taken as an endorsement of some “establishment” conspiracy. What is meant here is that the idea of electing the person who could best sway the emotions of large crowds was particularly shunned by the founders. It might shock a lot of people to learn that in the first drafts of Article two at the Constitutional Convention, it was proposed that the Senate should elect the President, not the people. That irked promoters of Republicanism to be sure, but the idea that the entirety of choice for the highest office in the land was to be left only to the people was just as unpopular.
- The President is charged with two duties. First, he is to execute office of the Presidency. This includes being Commander in Chief of the military, manager of all executive departments, negotiate treaties, and fill federal judiciary vacancies. Second, the President is to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. It is not his job to change it, ignore it, or to publicly condemn or impugn it.The first questions that all candidates for the Presidency should be asked ought to be related to their view of the Constitution. Public presidential debates should hear candidate’s thoughts on things like the commerce clause in Article 1 section 8. A candidate for President should be able to fully respond with their views on the Tenth Amendment as it relates to limited government. How about each of us make up our mind right now that if we get a change to shake the hand of a candidate over the next few months, we blurt out one of those questions, instead of “can I take a selfie of you with me.”
Bottom line here is that this election and the future of our Constitutional Republic are not in the hands of some unseen all powerful conspiratorial cabal. The future is in the hands of every one of us. When we talk to our friends and neighbors or co-workers, we must be firm in our commitment to what the Founders gave us. If we have the opportunity to interact with a candidate, don’t waste time on frivolity. Let them know that they are accountable to you as a voter for upholding the duties of the office they are seeking.