2008 looks like it is going to be a great year for American politics. And yes , as a year of change! It is a great time to be alive, and to be able to participate in the greatest experiment in freedom and liberty that has ever been conducted in the history of the world.
New people are being energized to get involved in the political process and if trends remain true, more people will vote for President in 2008 than ever. Political apathy tends to be most common among those least affected (or more insulated) by government. The political parties have done a good job of getting out the vote among those on both the lower and upper end of the economic ladder.
This is most likely the most important election cycle for senior citizens ever, as the boomers enter into retirement, after years of the federal government (starting with the LBJ Great Society) “borrowing” from the Trust Fund to cover-up Congresses continual overspending. Both parties were indictable on their lack of fiscal discipline. The “who done it’s” is not going to replace the money. It is gone. In the real world, we arrest people who embezzle pension funds, in Congress we re-elect them because they bring home the bacon.
Americans have been more dissatisfied than ever with job the Democratic Congress who hold the purse strings, and the outgoing Republican President . So people want change and are motivated to get out and participate. People understand that the proposals of change will somehow directly affect them. Most people tend to want others to change so it will benefit them, so realize that if they do not participate, they may be the ones forced to change the most..or in layman's turn, it could cost them.
The question now looms, what to do? While we may differ on exact methodology of fixing the debt overload on the back of government, which is our debt, (and that is a good debate for another time); we must take a very close look at this election cycle. Who best represents the change we really want?
While this is being foisted off as an image election, rather an a issues one, this is the most important issues election I can remember. First, take this quiz to match you to the candidate who closest matches your views. See what questions you may want to ask of your candidate and who most closely represents you before you choose a candidate.
Secondly, understand the job of the President, namely what he does not do. Most of the issues in the debates and the stump speeches have nothing to do with the article II powers delegated to the President of the United States. So let’s look to the Constitution for a minute.
The link gives the full language, I will shorten it: Commander in Chief, Chief executive, grants pardons; he makes treaties , appoints ambassadors, public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, cabinet officers, appellate judges and other offices that all require Senate approval.
Section 3 requires him to give a state of the union to congress, and that he may advise and admonish them on issues he feels strongly about. He may convene or adjourn Congress. He is charged that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States to do such.
Article 1, Section 7 All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills. It also designates, Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States. In other words he may sign it or refuse to sign it and it become law, or may veto it. which can be overridden by a two thirds vote of Congress.
In other words, when you hear the spin that the focus of the election is on the economy and what is the President going to do to fix it, you must realize it is a intentional diversion from the duties of the job of the President actually is. The President signs bills or vetoes bill the Congress Passes. They can’t give us Universal Health Care, change abortion laws, sodomy laws or immigration laws. They are mandated to either approve or reject new laws; but to enforce all existing ones.
Case in point; In twenty of the last twenty eight years we have had a Republican President and those Presidents were all against abortion, yet you can still get an abortion in this country. So just because a President is for something or against something doesn’t mean he can change anything. He must protect and defend the constitution and enforce the laws that congress passes.
It is distressing when I hear it is time for honesty in government to listen to two lawyers sell people an idea that voting for them will somehow bring about a change that only the Congress or the Supreme Court can bring.
I was on Walter Williams’ George Mason University website this morning and saw a quote that could be a thesis for this election:
"Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny." ---Barry Goldwater
Last night in trying to listen to the returns I tuned into a 45 minute commercial for one candidate where I listened to promises of change, of no more poverty, no more taxes for those making under 50k, promise after promise. I missed the speech before in which Senator Mc Cain’s said asked are we going to return to the failed premise that trust government more than people.
We are going to have a real choice to make this fall. Are we going to entrust our government with even more power when they have not handled the power we have given them wisely? Are we now going to trust them with our health? Our coinage states in God we trust. The choice is really that simple, in whom do we place our final trust. This is an election that will determine the amount of control and trust that we place in the hands of our trust. Ourselves, government or God ? In whom will we trust?