It Is NOT The President’s Job To Keep Us Safe ~ nannymm

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.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States

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?

Additional Readings:
The U.S. Constitution

http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#A2Sec1

Domestic Responsibilities of the U.S. President
http://people.howstuffworks.com/president6.htm

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31 responses to “It Is NOT The President’s Job To Keep Us Safe ~ nannymm

  1. Nanny don’t stay up in that ivory tower for too long, you’ll get a nose bleed.

    *ducks*

  2. eprof2

    Fantastic post! You’ve hit the nail squarely on the head. More than one observer has noted that the US will, undoubtedly, be hit again by those that hate us for whatever reasons. So, to claim that the president must protect us as his first responsibility is looking at the wrong side of the coins of the realm. Richard Neustadt in his book on presidential power lists ten things the president does while in office, and not one stresses our safety. Well done, friend of the Constitution!

  3. You two should get a banner and march up and down Penn. Ave.

  4. TempeBev

    Great post, Nanny – my husb and I were talking about this subject the other day. I totally agree with you. I wish other people could understand exactly what you wrote.

  5. nannymm…

    Here’s a response I left to Ping Pong over at TM on this very subject.

    “Ping…

    In regards to your comment below.

    http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/trailmix/2009/05/what-does-bush-think.html#comment-229798

    The Presidents first and most important job is not the safety of the country.

    His first and primary job is to {I will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” }.

    Yes his job also includes protecting the country and its citizens, but his most important job is to ensure that the Constitution is never desecrated or set aside.

    There is never any reason for us to surrender our values or Constitution for safety.

    Our forefathers shed their blood and died for the freedoms we have and the rights we have in the Constitution. We will not give up these rights to be secure. We will not allow ourselves to turned into a third world country as the Republicans want to take us.

    And if no other road leads to living by our Constitution, then we will take our country and Constitution back.

    Have a good day.”

    As you can see we both agree on the Presidents first and most important job and that is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

    Of course the Republican Fascist Nazi’s don’t believe in the Constitution and we all know after the last eight years that they never did.

    God Bless.

  6. nannymm

    Thank you Bev, eprof2, and Anon-P. I’ve been raging inside about this for a very long time. I scream at the TV every time I hear it. I can’t believe how many people really don’t understand our Constitution, the function of government, or the roles of the three branches of government. Hell, I’d bet that most people have never even read the Constitution! As for the branches of government and their functions, I suspect most people haven’t a clue.

    Brian, I’ll stay right here, thank you very much! Nosebleeds are preferable to stupidity and insanity, or in the president’s case, dare I say political pandering?

  7. dogs eye view

    “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.”

    Really well said, nanny. There’s a method, as usual, to their madness. And don’t leave out complicity by too many American citizens who became sheeple.

    As Commander in Chief, the President is responsible for keeping us safe — I think FDR, Eisenhower, JFK would agree there — but Bush-Cheney took that theme to new lengths as a non-event (a second major domestic terrorist attack, prevented by our vigilant public servants in the government, military and law enforcement sectors) remained their only success in office.

    (That and better funding AIDS initiatives in Africa.)

    The President’s first responsibility is upholding and defending the Constitution.

    I honestly think that GW Bush does not fully understand the Constitution, and that Cheney does not believe it applies to him. Terrible combination.

  8. nannymm

    “I honestly think that GW Bush does not fully understand the Constitution, and that Cheney does not believe it applies to him. Terrible combination.”

    You hit the nail on the head there, dog’s eye. Cheney seems to think he is a law unto himself. And Bush was just in way over his head. He probably still has no clue what was going on. Sometimes I wonder if he even knew half of what was being done in our name. I suspect Cheney kept him out of the loop on many of the “darker” aspects.

  9. nannymm

    “As Commander in Chief, the President is responsible for keeping us safe — I think FDR, Eisenhower, JFK would agree there”

    Actually, dog’s eye, the president, as CiC is responsible for protecting the nation, not us, per se. It is the United States of America that must endure, that must be guarded and protected. Of course, if we are protected as well, that’s great. But it is not the mission.

  10. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 — 9:44 AM ET
    —–

    Bondholders Reach Deal With G.M.

    General Motors said Thursday in a regulatory filing that it
    had reached a deal with a committee of its bondholders to
    give them 10 percent of a new G.M. — with an option to
    purchase up to 15 percent — if they did not oppose the
    government-sponsored reorganization plan.

  11. nannymm

    I’m not surprised. They were afraid of they’d get less in bankruptcy.

  12. dogs eye view

    Bulletin up on the Chicago Tribune website.

    U.S. indictment of elected official expected

    May 28, 2009 10:45 AM central

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said it will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today to announce public corruption charges. Sources say it is expected to be an indictment of an elected official.

    =====

    Hmmm.
    Details to come.

  13. dnd

    I think the “safety” thing is a matter of semantics. Regardless, the Constitution doesn’t set priorities on the President’s responsibilities. So you can’t sacrifice one in support of the other.

  14. dnd

    Interesting that GM bond holders will get 10% ownership in the reorganization. They’d better pray that people buy Chevy’s.

  15. dogs eye view

    Happy 100th birthday, Mrs. Dolores Hope.

    Kind of a cool story.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dolores-hope28-2009may28,0,5824753.story

    Comedy doesn’t keep everyone alive (Sam Kinison, Lenny Bruce), but Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hope made it to ripe old age.

  16. dogs eye view

    Andy Kauffman!

  17. Just in case anyone missed this story on TV yesterday.

    Bush v. Gore Foes Join to Fight Gay Marriage Ban

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/us/28marriage.html?ref=politics

  18. I’ve added ScotusBlog to our news feeds, there are some good reads over there.

  19. trout boy

    I am now afraid. I just heard that “Squeaky” Frome is now housed in the prison here in Ft Worth. She will be there for the rest of her life.

  20. nannymm

    Run for the hills, Doots! Your life is in danger!

  21. Apparently she has no desire to leave prison, I don’t think you have much to fear.

  22. nannymm

    More proof that Nancy Pelosi didn’t lie:

    “The first time Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld pressured the CIA to mislead Congress was in 1975 and 1976, when Cheney was chief of staff to President Gerald Ford and Rumsfeld was Ford’s secretary of defense.
    Cheney, having held a series of positions alongside Rumsfeld — starting under him in the Nixon administration — also became campaign manager for Ford’s reelection campaign. George H. W. Bush was head of the CIA, appointed by Jerry Ford when Ford switched Rumsfeld from White House chief of staff to secretary of defense.*
    The mission of the three men was to protect the Ford presidency and some elements in the CIA from the Church Committee. According to researcher Lamar Waldron, they succeeded.”
    http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_4736.shtml

  23. trout boy

    when I a mere lad, that prison was a dope hospital. We lived about 2 miles from it. My best friend in Junior High lived there as his father was the deputy officer in charge. They lived on the grounds. At one time it had been a working farm then the inmates built govt issue furniture. I spent many nights on the property and we never had a bit of trouble. We used to go up the hill on Friday nites and watch the movie with the inmates.

    I probably mentioned this before but my friend’s house boy (he did the cleaning and cooking) was Stimey from the Little Rascals. Looked just the same but was an adult and a heroin addict.

  24. NOM is now running their ads here in NY.

  25. trout boy

    stupid fuckin’ video. Divorce is much more harmful to kids than same sex marriage. What is so hard about that to understand. No one in my family is threatened by two guys or two women wanting to marry the one they love.

  26. dnd

    Can you find a decent pizza in NYC?

  27. Finding anything decent to eat in NYC is always a struggle!

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