THE TIME HAS COME FOR A NEW POLITICAL PARADIGM
The President’s Role:
At noon on January 20th, 2013, I will take the following oath: “I do solemnly swear 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.”
The Oath of Office is important for two particular reasons:
- It establishes the basis upon which my decisions must be based (i.e., the Constitution), and
- It clearly demands that I recognize how the authority and responsibility of the Office of President differs from that of the Legislative and Judicial branches of government as well as from that which is reserved to the States and to the People.
Relative to the first point: along with the values that reside within the Declaration of Independence, I am committed to using the Constitution (and its related Amendments) to serve as the foundation of every recommendation that I propose to solve our Nation’s issues.
Relative to the second point: I clearly understand the lines of demarcation between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of our Government as well as the rights that are reserved to the States and to the People.
Article II defines the powers of the President. They are fairly limited. The most compelling responsibility of the President is to serve as Commander in Chief of the military. The President may also grant reprieves and pardons for certain federal offenses. Additionally, the President has the power to enter into treaties and to nominate Cabinet members, Ambassadors, Justices and other public Ministers and Consuls with the advice and consent of the Senate. There are also other comparatively minor powers of appointment that do not require the consent of the Senate.
However, the President’s unstated power resides within his or her ability to influence the direction of Congress and the Federal Judiciary. It’s called leadership, and it has nothing to do with any misstatement of authority.
I mention this because some of the greatest misrepresentations of our time have started with the words:
“When I am elected President, I will … repeal, enact, overturn, etc.”
If you hear candidates use those words, they are either intentionally distorting their power to secure your vote, or they are fundamentally unaware of the limits of their Constitutional authority. Neither choice bodes well for our Country.
I take the Office of President very seriously. I owe you the truth. I will not overstate what I can do. What I can pledge to do is to “… faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Approach to Solving the Issues
The solutions that I offer include a consideration of the values espoused in the Declaration of Independence along with the vision and mission established by the Constitution and its related Amendments. My recommendations are also based upon the best information to which I have access at the time. If additional information becomes available that permits me to craft even better solutions, I will readily embrace that opportunity. That’s what real leaders do.
- I will use The FREEDOM Process that I have developed to create a consistent framework within which to articulate solutions to the challenges that face our Nation
- I will offer some solutions that require action by the Executive, Legislative and / or Judicial branches of the Federal Government
- I will offer other solutions that can be implemented by the general public without the need for Government action
- I will also provide links to other candidates’ websites so that you can become more familiar with the solutions that they are proposing
I sincerely believe the best thing that I can do to help our Nation achieve its greatest potential is to create a more informed electorate … because I trust that, equipped with the truth, you will make decisions that serve our Country’s best interests.
This is an open invitation to President Obama and every other candidate who has filed for the Office of President of the United States. I will be happy to meet with you to facilitate a “Solution Summit” during which we can address the issue or issues of your choice with the intent to identify the best solution(s) possible and to begin to implement such solution(s) as soon as possible.
From my perspective, it is irrelevant who crafts or contributes to each solution. It is only important that we begin to make progress on behalf of the American people.