Published: Sunday, Oct. 21 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
He's the President of the United States, Commander in Chief and leader of
the free world! Get over it. Every president since Washington had this
leadership position.The letter writer must be bothered by something
else regarding Obama. Perhaps he doesn't think that Obama is legitimate.
There are those who continue to question his birth and consider the president to
be "not like us". Maybe the letter writer doesn't like someone of
Obama's background being the president and cannot accept the changes that
Obama's election in 2008 indicated.There is more here than what
the letter writer is saying. Everyone understands the president's use of
language in talking about his duties. However, there are a lot of people who
have never accepted this president and continue to find ways to express their
displeasure. Like Romney's son, Tragg, they imagine themselves being able
to assault the president except that the secret service protects him from acting
on their anger.
I have heard people say we need to support the President regardless vote him out
if we don't like him. That is not true. We need to support him when he
does what is best for country. Not everything he does. That is why we have
Ok, right. he gets blamed for it but can't take any credit for anything.
Nice right wing world. Let's just admit that most people in
this country have taken a tribe of blue or red and will defend thier tribe no
matter what logic it breaks. When you are ready to be an american
again let everyone know.
Unfortunately, I agree with Obama that he really is running this country and he
is doing so way beyond the powers vested in the presidency. Between Obama care,
executive orders, and selective enforcement of the laws, he has contributed much
more than he should be able to, toward the direction of the economy and the
growth of government.Like a car going over a cliff, our country is
headed for disaster and Obama's hands are the ones on the steering wheel
and it is his foot on the gas pedal. The only question is, has the car yet
reached the point of no return.
Douglas, your hypocrisy is astounding. Mitt Romney in those debates constantly
stated that he would restore the economy and America. This is a presidential
debate; you are electing a single man for an office. Of course the candidates
are going to speak in the first person. I suppose if Obama sounds
like Hugo Chavez, then Romney with his newfound conservatism and military
spending must sound like Vladimir Putin!
It is obvious that this is a right-wing letter. "This is the United States
of America--not the Obama Nation. The people are supposed to be in charge."
But Obama is not much different from Bush or Reagan or Nixon, or for that
matter, from Clinton, Johnson, or Kennedy. He is certainly no different from
Romney in this regard. When have the people been in charge? Only when they vote
for individuals to represent them in government. And, unfortunately, most
Americans are ignorant on most issues and vote based on prejudice and a naive
belief in the shallow arguments they hear in political stump speeches, news
sound bites, and repetitive negative TV ads. We basically get what we deserve.
I don't think President Barak (Sic) Obama insinuated that 'he'
runs the country at all during the debates, or ever. You are correct that an
uninformed electorate is doing this nation harm. I fear they're turning it
into the fox nation.
The President is NOT the leader of the free world; he is the President of the
United States; i.e., he represents EACH of the States to the rest of the world
so that they do not have to represent themselves individually. What is done to
one State applies to all States in the treaties signed by the President.He is the Commander in Chief of the military to limit the power and the
authority of our Generals. He is responsible to the States to see that the
military, that their citizens pay for, is used ONLY to protect them (the States)
from enemies, foreign and domestic.He has no legislative authority.
His authority is to sign into law those laws passed by our representatives (the
House) and the representatives of our States (the Senate). He is duty bound to
enforce all those laws, unless the Court has ruled those laws to be
unconstitutional.His powers are severely limited. His authority is
severely limited.Obama has assumed power not allocated to him by the
citizens. The illiterate citizens of this country have allowed him to do it.Doug is 100% correct in in assessment.
Good grief!Doug, turn off your radio.Did you expect
Obama to talk about what Congress has done during the debates? Or did you you
expect him to talk about what he has done or is planning on doing which requires
the use of pronouns; I, me, mine?The Right blasts him for blaming
others, and then blasts him for taking responsibility for decisions.
Come on, they both did it. It's the normal, everyday rhetoric of
campaigning. "If I'm elected, I will..." But I must say,
I've enjoyed the Romney campaign. Those sorts of huge, preposterous
campaigns based on empty promises had, unfortunately, gone out of style.
"We will create 8 million new jobs." Or 12 million, or 20 million; it
doesn't matter, because his economic program provides absolutely no
mechanism for accomplishing any of it. People don't like paying
taxes. People love receiving government services. And so a campaign promise to
cut taxes and increase government services is always tremendously popular.
That's the entire basis of the Romney candidacy. Oh, yes, he's going
to 'cut loopholes', because people hate loopholes.
'Loophole': it sounds sort of underhanded and sneaky, a mechanism for
unscrupulous people to get away with bad stuff. But when you say, "are you
going to end the home mortgage deduction?" of course not. People like that
one! He did say he would fire Big Bird. So that's what counts as
political courage in today's environment. It's been fun to
watch. It'll be even more fun when it fails.
Are you saying the king has no clothes? It's time someone says it.
The right wing belief is that both of these statements are true:1)
Obama has accomplished nothing.2) Obama is a dictator. And it never occurs to conservatives how silly that sounds.
I, me , my...Which Romney has never said those words...See how easy it is to build a strawman?
The right wing has taken cognitive dissonece to an art form. Obama
is going to take our guns - buy more guns for him to take.Religion
is very important in America - no you can't build that mosk here.We need to stop spending money! - We need to increase military spending.Government has never solved any problems - Romney will solve all our
problems.Close the borders! - Keep the borders open and free for
inanimate products we want to sell.The government shouldn't
tell you what to do - no woman has complete control over her body.
JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UTExecutive power was increased significantly
under the George W. Bush presidency. VP Cheney was a major advocate for making
the Office of the President stronger. In the ebb and flow of power politics in
Washington, the battle for supremacy between the president and congress
continues although the supreme court is supposed to be a third leg of that
"balance". How much power should a president have? Karl
Rove wanted to have an era of Republican domination extending into the next two
generations and with that increased executive power. The problem is that when
Republicans wanted more executive power they risked providing that same power to
a Democrat administration. You can't have one and not the other.Any additional power that Barack Obama possesses as president comes from the
increased executive power obtained by George W. Bush. Although we understand
why some people (like the letter writer) don't like the current president
being president, these same people were more than happy to grant the increase in
power when Republican ruled.higv Dietrich, IDSupport?
No, you have the right to peacably protest.Respect? Yes. Both the
person and the Office.Obama remains Comander in Chief.
Hey freedomingood, that's fun!Government doesn't create
jobs; Obama hasn't created enough jobs. Government needs to be
so small you can drown it in a bathtub; government needs to be able to control
who you can marry. Get rid of the EPA and regulations; we like clean
air and water. Cut the deficit and debt; slash taxes, keep all
entitlements for seniors in place, and crank up defense spending. Increase security at foreign embassies; slash funding requests for additional
security at foreign embassies. Keep your government hands off my
Medicare. Hey! This is fun! Conservatives are funny.
Pres. Obama runs the country about as much as Pres. Bush before him or (should
he be elected) Pres. Romney would after him.All politicians claim to
have far more power and authority than they do during the election cycle.
Saying they have no power is no way to get elected (regardless of the truth).
Mountanman, what planet do I live on? Why, I live right here in the good old U S
of A. I'll tell you where I don't live. I don't live
where conservative spin meisters on talk radio and the Internet spout nonsense
such as the economy is being destroyed or taxes have been raised while their
willing stooges lap it up. I don't live where low information people can
rattle off a list of "facts" totally out of context and think they have
proven something. I do visit there at times, but afterwards I am very happy to
leave and return to the world of reason, where people do understand context and
how to provide well thought out opinion on issues, and they even know how to
spell mountain. Anything else you want to know?
I'm beginning to think that Conservatives should be re-named
"Kingmen".They think a President is a King, and not an Executive,
and that the Supreme Court are not really Judges.FYI - and No,
the President doesn't control the price of gasoline as so many of you
"Kingmen" may suppose.
They both very clearly ignore the fact that Congress has to be involved in most
everything they do when talking about what they want to do since Congress just
complicates things (also it has an abysmal approval rating to the point Ryan
wanted Crowley to call him Mr. Ryan during the debate instead of Congressman
Ryan). In fact, Obama's the more likely of the two to mention Congress
since Congress is the reason so little is getting done (their rate of passing
bills is only about half as much as the so-called 'do-nothing
Congress' from decades ago).
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