Before we talk about the competence of the President we should define a standard. We have the standard, its call the Constitution The President:
Article 2 - The Executive Branch
Section 1 - The President
Section 2 - Civilian Power Over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments
Section 3 - State of the Union, Convening Congress
Section 4 - Disqualification
The section of the Constitution covers the election process, a job description and a means of being fired.
I have read the Constitution several times over the past month and have come to the conclusion that over the years a new task has been given to the President which is not included in the Constitution.
Section 3A – The President shall be held responsible when Congress fails to perform their assigned duties.
The issues we face as a Nation are not covered by the Constitution. The Constitution is credited, by some as being “Ordained by God”. The Nation is defined as a Christian Nation, which is in itself unconstitutional as defined by the separation of Church and State.
Issues such as “Birth Control” should not be taking up time in Congress or our legal system as they are views held based on religious beliefs and therefore not an issue.
Do we really require all of the affirmative action laws, rules and regulations or just the acceptance that “All” applies to everyone.
As the greatest source for tension in this country originates from a Fundamentalist Christian Belief no better example can be used than that of the Old Testament. The transition from Judges to Kings: God had provided Israel with a system of Judges which functioned quite well. The problem was at that time a King was required to lead the people into battle as well as tell them what to do. The cry came out, “We want a King!”. The people kept it up until they got a King. We have a Constitution which prevents us from having a King, but we have developed an attitude that we have a Supreme Leader that lacks the power of a King but is responsible for the operation of the Government.
Section 3 is an important task for the President and one in which few, if any, have carried out properly. I’d like to hear a State of the Union message start out:
The State of the Union is Poor. Congress has failed to perform their duties as prescribed by the Constitution of the United States of America. Our Judicial system has not only impinged on areas which are not allowed by the Constitution but have lost sight of the fact that the Nation is, as Abraham Lincoln put it, "a government of the people, by the people, for the people."
Religious references are plentiful in the Declaration of Independence but not in the Constitution and our government is given definition by the Constitution.
Our Congress has spent months fighting over making information available on Birth Control. Nowhere does it say “Birth Control must be used by all”. It says that the information must be made available. Should all of the legislation for affirmative action have been necessary? Wouldn’t it have been easier to just point out that all means everyone? In 191? legislation was passed declaring Native Americans to be Human Beings.
If you don’t think we have problems, think again.