The Rabbit Hole of Presidential Power

There are over 7,300 legislators, 3,100 counties and parishes, plus another 36,000 municipal governments and townships and their offices across this nation that we should be focusing on daily. Unfortunately, we spend the majority of our compliant media-driven time bickering about a person, who when elected to the Office of the Presidency, does not have the power to change anything.

We have somehow lost our perspective on exactly how important that particular office really is to our Constitutional Republic. The U.S. Constitution has the only official ‘job description’ for the President of the United States.

These are the highlights:

  • The president is the commander-in-chief of the military.
  • The president is responsible for insuring that the laws passed by Congress are executed and enforced as written.
  • The president can grant pardons for crimes other than impeachment.
  • The president can also make treaties, but only if two-thirds of the Senate agrees to the terms of those treaties.
  • The president can nominate ambassadors, Supreme Court justices, and other officers — most commonly cabinet secretaries and federal judges.  But he can only nominate them.  Again, the Senate has final approval on any nominations.
  • Must report to Congress from time to time about the state of the union and recommend whatever measures he thinks are necessary.

Furthermore, his position isn’t the ‘Leader of the Free World,’ and though he is Commander-in-Chief of the military, he is by no means the ‘U.S.’s top leader’ as a quick of Google check would have one believe. And contrary to Wikipedia’s claim, “The office of the president holds significant hard and soft power both in the United States and abroad,” it does not.

In the end, his so-called ‘hard and soft power’ remains within the purview of the U.S. Senate. And no where in the U.S. Constitution does it call the president our “leader.”

And as for the Senate and the House, we must stop calling them our “leaders,” as well, because we do not answer to them. They are our representatives and should be reminded of the fact that they answer to us.


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