Originally posted by jimnuggits
reply to post by ker2010
So, you recognize that Ron Paul cannot do it all alone, yet you still have a desire to see him be President?
Without support from either party, just how effective do you think he could be?
As a twelve term Congressman, you can rest assured he is already bought and paid for.
Fine, I'll give this breakdown again.
First off, as to bought & paid for - wrong. He would have a much greater net worth and more influence in government if that were the case. You can't
have your cake and eat it too, jim - if you say he's been ineffective in congress because he hasn't passed legislation, you have to look at the
legislation itself and realize that a lot of it is good, right, and SHOULD have been passed, and the corrupt congress refused to get behind it because
that's what THEY are. And a bought & paid for person would be getting in on the pie instead of calling everyone out on their BS and exposing it on
the public record.
Secondly, as to what the president alone can do without any help from Congress:
1) order the troops home, end the wars, stop the involved money from being wasted, and prevent further loss of civilian life and lessen desire for
retaliation against the US.
2) revoke all prior overreaching and unconstitutional executive directives.
3) order the DOJ to stop interfering with states' rights regarding their own laws on medi MJ, foods, and the rest.
4) pardon non-violent "offender" victims of the drug war.
5) shrink big government by refusing to fill non-essential position vacancies (attrition).
6) use the bully pulpit of the Executive Office to educate the american people and push for rational change via their representatives
7) restore some dignity to the office finally - no crappy gifts to foreign heads of state that don't even work in their nation, no bowing to foreign
leaders, HONESTY AND FRANKNESS WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE for a change, no Bush-style embarassments...ugh, bushisms...
8) I suppose it's important to add one of the most obvious powers in vetoing unconstitution, unhelpful, or stupid legislation as well as unbalanced
I could probably add more to this list if I thought about it awhile longer, but just the first few are enough for me. Sure, Congress will have to get
on board to address some of the big things that need addressing, but despite the examples of past presidents, the presidency is NOT actually a useless
position to hold.
edit on 12/29/2011 by Praetorius because: I'm a dummy and didn't add one of the most obvious things a president can