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Thoughts On You Know Who and the “Total Authority” Comment

When this country was founded over two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers knew what it was like to live under a single ruler who had total authority. To ensure that the United States would continue to be a democracy, they created three co-equal branches of government. This model was to ensure that power was equally distributed and not held by one person or branch.

I don’t think they could have ever predicted that you know who would one day become President.

The latest of his jaw dropping and what the f*ck comments is as follows:

“When somebody’s the President of the United States, the authority is total, and that’s the way it’s got to be,” 

To put his statement in context, it was in regards to re-opening the economy and the country when the coronavirus is finally in the rearview mirror.

First of all, he does not have total authority and has never had total authority. He is not a king, he is not an emperor and he is not a dictator (as much as he thinks he is). He is democratically elected President who is hired and/or fired at the will of the voting public. In addition, the 10th amendment lays out unequivocally that there are certain rights that belong to the state.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Second of all, if (and this is a huge if) there had been some forethought by the Federal government and an ability to work with the states, I would agree that the President can help to decide when to re-open the country. However, there was no forethought and the states for the most part, have been on their own. I think most Americans would agree that some of our Governors have done a better job than the man we call President.

We need a real President. We need a President who is not in it for himself or herself, but for the country. We need a President who can take criticism and not respond like a four-year-old taking a tantrum. In other words, we all need to get our behinds to the voting booth in the fall and vote this clown out of office.

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