It is frequently remarked, by supporters and opponents of President Obama and his healthcare “reform” proposals, that his “presidency” hangs in the balance. Obama himself has reportedly told reluctant House Democrats that a failure to support his proposals would “destroy my presidency”. http://reason.com/blog/2009/07/22/obama-youre-going-to-destroy-m
What is the “presidency”? And how would it be “destroyed” by a failure to pass his proposals? The President is the chief executive (chief law enforcement officer) of the United States, the Commander in Chief, the chief negotiator in foreign affairs, and has a number of supplemental powers. He is not the legislator or policy-maker-in-chief. And his “presidency” does not depend on any such policies.
In addition, the President has a number of duties, the first of which is “to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
So whether his presidency is a “success” or not depends not on passing legislation but on whether he performed well the executive, military, diplomatic, and appointment powers and duties assigned to him. And the success of his presidency depends chiefly on whether he thereby preserves, protects, and defends our Constitution.
In this light, President Obama’s presidency has been at least a partial failure. He appointed to the Supreme Court a woman who will not preserve, protect, and defend our Constitution, but who will ignore provisions unpopular with the leftist elite (e.g., Second and Tenth Amdendments), and will creatively read into the document a whole set of provisions that are nowhere there (right to abortion, right to homosexual marriage, etc.).
As citizens of the United States, we can help President Obama. The passage of his healthcare proposals further threaten the success of his presidency. The provisions are arguably unconstitutional, especially the criminal penalties visited upon persons refusing to buy “insurance.”
Let’s preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. Let’s save the presidency of our President. Let’s defeat this miserable bill.