The President of the United States of America
The Job Description by Orion Karl Daley
Preface: To follow your own path is the true satisfaction of leadership. How it is shared to benefit others is in its common good.
There have been many presidents, where some are remembered for the good they did for the people, and others for what they did not do for the people. Most of all, to be a good president for the people, history affords many to draw lessons from. When we do not base our thinking on lessons learned, then what a president has to offer the people is in question.
In today’s Campaign 08, most Republican contenders will associate with Ronald Regan, where Democrats in the 2004 race said that they associated with John F. Kennedy. I see it is best to not say how much you are like another, but how to use lessons learned.
One president in particular stands out for me in doing good for the people. This was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The most critical lesson is that he gave a damned about the people. In terms of the Constitution, this is what a president is supposed to be about when swearing the oath:
- “I do solemly 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”.
Further, JFK, before his demise, strove to create a Transparant and Accountable government for the people. But what I find most moving is George Washington’s words: ‘Let us Raise a Standard that the wise and honest can repair’.
In response to the lessons afforded by these three great leaders, the bottom line in swearing that oath is in having the people of our nation know: ‘Let Not this Country be without You’.
To serve the people, management of the Executive Branch is to respect and maintain the separation of powers. This enables government as stated in the Constitution, its defined purpose: For the Defense of our Nation and for the Welfare of the People.
Today, we have to understand what this means. In other words, does the ‘Separation of Powers’ allow Presidential Signings, and Executive Privilege as being described as Executive branch rights as demonstrated in the complete autonomous actions of some presidents without concurrence with other branches of government ?
Due to the limited job description by the Constitution, the following is what I view as the scope and focus of the role of the president of the United States to serve the people.
The Constitution’s limited description is intentional in purpose in describing the role of the president. This is to avoid not having ‘Ad hoc’ adaption of description by a sitting president. It is intended to minimize the interpretation of the role to serving based on the peoples will.
In the ‘Separation of Powers’, the president is responsible for the day to day management in doing the will of the people. This ‘will’ is communicated by the legislative branch that represents the people that is within the constraints of settled law of the Judicial branch.
In the management, The President is considered responsible for the State of the Union, which includes the strategic path of the nation, and its ‘National Security. As the executive managemet, the President is also to represent the world icon of diplomacy, and the commander and chief of the armed forces, where the ‘Will’ of the people, is to declare war as an act of Congress.
This for me is framed by the following 5 principles:
1- Transparent and Accountable Government to serve the People
2- The Dignity of Human Rights in our mutual regard
3- Balanced Trade to return industry back to our shores
4- Economic Solvency for our National Security
5- To Conduct Foreign policy that demonstrates standards of mutual respect
I see that with these guidelines, we can assure the framework of the US Constitution, and its Bill of Rights; and can make our Government cost effective in order to serve the people; close our tax gap; make capitalism work for us; fund needed programs like Education and Healthcare and not at tax payer costs; assure our National Security, and also conduct foreign policy that we as Americans can stand behind.
Day to Day management
In doing the will of the people, from time to time ( annually ) , The President is to provide a ‘State of the Union Address’ to the nation. This should reflect the Health Safety and Welfare of the Nation, and its relation to the world.
- The health, safety and welfare of the people represents the state of the soundness of this nation. It is in the combination of these uniquely distinguishable, inseparable factors, that provide the purpose of the Government and nothing further, nor less. It is in the standards of measure for this soundness, that the state of its people, and thus the Union is served. These factors are regarded here their importance at a personal level for each of us, at the community level where we live with others, and in terms of Federal Government in its responsibility to all of us as a Nation.
To ensure the Strategic future of the nation, the President should Shepard to the people and to the branches of government, what he sees as viable plans when confronted with such factors as government, economic and corporate reform, and/or to demonstrate leadership in Environment with clean cheap energy, or how to afford assured health care, more employment, a working educational system, and community empowerment.
To ensure National Security, Economic Solvency is considered paramount, and where in foreign Policy, diplomacy should not to be an attitude, and defense should not to be weak.
In Relation to the Legislative Branch
The legitimacy of one branch of government over another should not have to be at issue when doing the work of, and for the people; when the branches of government work together in a more transparent and accountable manner, the matters of the people are served cost effectively.
It is required to have a transparent and accountable Executive Branch that works with both the House and the Senate, then the House and the Senate are obliged to do the same. Efficiency and cost effective government can be achieved where policy and legislative action can take on measurable significance for the benefit of the people.
If there is Legislation in these areas presented for signing into law, any president should determine that it reflects the will of the people being that it made it through the houses of Congress. It is not a matter of reflecting the President’s beliefs or purposes.
Where Veto power has its significance, is if and only if legislation appears to have questionable purpose, where it might not reflect the will of the people, but other agenda’s. The Veto in this case serves notice that what is presented has reason to be scrutinized.
As a matter of procedure, balance is provided to Veto power if both houses of the legislative branch demonstrate being in full agreement of the legislation. So in effect, things get self regulated.
The true value of political capital is ultimately gained between the branches of government when they work together where no longer is it a matter of tolerance, but becomes a valued and verifiable trust in doing the work for and of the people.
My Commitment to you,
Orion Karl Daley
Presidential Candidate for 2008
for the Strategic Future of our nation
Author – The New Deal ISBN: 1419670948
Balanced Party http://unity2008.org
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