Thoughts on the duty of a United States President.

According to Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 of the US Constitution, the President elect must make the following affirmation before taking office:

        “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

In order to do this, the Constitution outlines Presidential powers and duties, giving the Commander in Chief of these United States the tools he/she needs to “preserve, protect and defend” this democracy.  

  • These include “executive power” vested for a term of four years, and vested by the will of the people in an election.  Outlined in Section 1 of Article II.
  • He/she is given the duties of commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States also. These are outlined in Section 2 of Article II.  The power to make treaties, appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, to fill vacancies and grant commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.  Duties subject to and described in Section 2.
  • Sections 3 and 4 describe powers and responsibilities to provide information on the state of the union, recommend measures necessary and expedient, convene both Houses on extraordinary occasions, adjourn in case of disagreement between them, receive ambassadors and other public ministers, commission all officers of the United States.  
  • In Section 3 and 4, it is made clear that the President has the duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed”. It is also made clear that the President of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

We can speak of all the things that President Trump did to instigate a coup and overtake our democracy.  We can speak of the horrors on January 6th.  The most obvious failing of President Trump was his inaction.  He did nothing to stop a bloody, attempted coup of our democracy, using none of the vast tools he was given to do so.