I’d really like to know who decided that it is the job of the president to keep us safe. Who decreed that this was the president’s primary responsibility? Was it Bush and his minions? I don’t remember hearing it before those dreadful years when Chimp was in charge. And I wish I’d never hear it again.
Let’s get this straight. The president takes an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of The United States.” Article II of the Constitution ”
charges the President to “faithfully execute” federal law, makes the President commander-in-chief of the armed forces, allows the President to nominate executive and judicial officers with the advice and consent of the Senate, and allows the President to grant pardons or reprieves.”
Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the President of the United States is in charge of our safety. Yet, I hear this line all the time, “The President’s chief responsibility is to keep us safe.” Recently, I even heard President Obama say it. He went so far as to state that he wakes up every day worrying about how to keep us safe. I thought I was going to gag. I expected better from him. Neither he nor any other president is our “daddy figure.”
What we really need is a president who upholds the laws and statutes of our nation, a president who upholds the constitution even when it may imperil our physical safety. Our Constitution is the foundation upon which everything else is built. It is not flexible in the sense that it can be bent to conform to the transient needs of the time. We will all someday be gone from this earth. That is the way it is meant to be. Our Constitution, however, is meant to endure IF we allow it.
It is this crazy idea that we need a presidential daddy figure to protect us that allowed Bush, Cheney, et al to essentially shred the Constitution and our laws for nearly eight years. It is our collective acceptance of this insanity that allowed them to get away with it and that is preventing us from investigating their crimes now. If we don’t stand up and put a stop to this erroneous idea and demand that our presidents uphold the Constitution we will be complicit in its destruction.
Are you listening, Mr. President?
The U.S. Constitution
Domestic Responsibilities of the U.S. President