Here’s what Allen West understands about the role of the President.
During a March 23, 2015 interview with Harris Faulkner, and the ladies of “Outnumbered Overtime” on Fox News Channel, THAT DUDE, Lt. Colonel Allen West, was asked whether he was planning on throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 Presidential Elections. He didn’t exactly answer the question, but he actually said something much more important than whether he is running for President. He said something that every member of our electorate needs to know and understand about our system of government, and the American Presidency.
“The most important title of the President of the United States, is America’s ‘Commander in Chief’, and a lot of people that I see and speak to, are starting to get to the point where they’re thinking, ‘Shouldn’t we have someone that has a background in the military?’ Because it just can’t continue to be ‘discovered learning’. Because one thing that we should not see as political, is our National Security. And we have seriously politicized National Security. And you’re going to see that, even with the House GOP, with this battle between the budget hawks, and those people that want to have a stronger National Defense. The most important responsibility of our Federal Government is our National Security and to protect us.”
Click on this link to watch the entire interview interview.
Well, the 56 men who signed our Declaration of Independence pretty much said that exact same thing when they said:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,“
And they doubled-down on that when they created the Executive Branch of our Federal Government, and laid out the primary responsibilities of that branch in Article II, Section. 2, of the Constitution of the United States.
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
So Allen West totally nailed it. The President of the United States of America is not supposed to primarily be our Chief Legislator…because that responsibility lies with the Senate Majority Leader, the House Majority Leader, and the Speaker of the House. There is no ambiguity in the Constitution in regards to the primary (which is why it’s listed first) responsibility of the Executive Branch and the President of the United States, and that is to be the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy (which obviously includes the Marine Corps and Air Force) of the United States. Which is why it was all but unanimous that the very first President and Commander in Chief was George Washington. The office was essentially created with a man like him in mind.
So I think it’s safe to say that when the Founding Fathers created the office, they were thinking that the U.S. President would be a man like THIS:
or like THIS:
or even like THIS:
But certainly NOT like THIS:
George Orwell, author of the dystopian novel “1984“, famously said, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” So when you think of what sort of man you want leading the “rough men” standing ready to do violence on their behalf, don’t you think that we should give our strongest consideration to men who have at least served in the military that they are going to lead as Commander in Chief?