Basic American Government:
The Constitution of the United States places significant limitations on the autonomy of the President. The bicameral Congress is independent from the Executive and each Branch has its own powers. The Judiciary is also independent of the Executive with its power of Judicial Review. The President can veto legislation, but super majorities in both Chambers can override that veto. In the 2000s the Executive Office seems to be increasing its usage of Executive Orders to institute action without Congressional approval. Even so, a simple majority vote in Congress can squash any such order as can the Supreme Court. Likewise, declarations of war have disappeared since WWII and even the War Powers Act has been circumvented since the 1970s. Again, Congress can check these Executive actions through its control of financial authorizations. Since the 2001 attacks, the primary Executive Power granted to President George W. Bush and continuing which lacks a true check is government surveillance of US citizens and rights of habeas corpus have been infringed upon in the actions to collect intelligence domestically.
I’ve been reading too much
Perhaps it is just the plethora of media, but it seems at least that criticisms against the President of the United States are increasing. Terms such as tyrant and police state are among the descriptors I often hear used by objectors. Whether you believe those terms are relevant or not, my issue among other things is that the nonchalant usage of such terms sanitizes the true atrocities which have and can take place in such states. Consider the American flag where you can respect that symbol of this country or you can rip the cloth to shreds. Do you believe that you could choose your decision without repercussions in a police state or under tyrannical rule? Many things we consider rights do not exist in other countries. Emotionally it can be difficult to admit that in order to have such freedoms many actions we oppose must also have those freedoms. Personally, disrespecting a US Flag makes my blood boil because even if an American disagrees with the government, that Flag is a symbol to remind us that disagreement is possible. Though before my birth, the reactions by some to returning veterans from Vietnam causes my blood to bubble as well. The same goes for these protests at funerals. Still, because the US is not a police state or under tyrannical rule, those individuals have the same rights as either you or I. It’s that gray area of acceptance or toleration we must have for the right to that same freedom.
Basic US History
Criticisms of government and the President are not new. Neither are pockets of secessionist believes nor these secession petitions. I just don’t understand why they become popular. There are many flaws in our governmental system; chances are that the United States of America could not be replicated and was a single occurrence in history (See John Adams to Hezekiah Niles which is included at the bottom of the linked essay). With any and all flaws, however, I cannot think of another system where I would have the same degrees of freedom along with protection if necessary.
Do American citizens urging the disrespecting of the President of the United States and trying forcibly to change the processes of earlier generations truly have as much hatred for the United States of America as they appear to have? Like or dislike, the Executive power is not unchecked, and the individual can be voted out of office after a 4 year term. If the individual is suspected of “…Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanor,” impeachment proceedings can commence (Article II, Section 4).
Do American citizens believe that they are so weak, incapable, and inferior, that the President of the United States is single-handedly the cause of any personal, state, national, or international troubles and is the only person with enough power to solve all individual problems? That’s the impression I get after hearing criticisms about health care or Federal Aid for events such as Hurricane Katrina and Sandy.
It might be me, but is allegiance to the United States or to what specific individuals desire?
Those two questions may sound harsh, but that is the image I see from many of these protests. The extremes on both sides argue their adherence to the Constitution and tie in their own religious and economic ideas into their interpretations. I wonder if they would really prefer to live in a country governed as such. How can they not understand that their positions are actually the calling for tyranny, a police state, and totalitarianism? Under those rules one might enjoy life for a short period until a time came to disagree or even a desire to exercise the right to question. Immediately, one would transform from being a part of the solution to being the cause for all that is wrong.