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You should have your own copy of the Constitution of the United States of America.

You should read it periodically and hold your elected officials to it.

Recently, POTUS 46 has made some declarations, mandating vaccinations of employees in companies with more than 100 employees. That is outside the scope of the role of the President of the United States of America.

Recently, the world lived through (some still are) “mask mandates”. This was also outside the scope of the role of the US President to edict or mandate or require outside of the government offices the POTUS oversees.

In the United States of America, the elected or appointed or employed people in government work for We the People of the United States of America. Not the other way around.

There are many immigrants who have come to this country who have grown up under another system of government. In other parts of the world, in those other countries the People are subservient to the government or peerage. They are accustomed to the government directing them. In the United States of America, the citizens are self-directing, individually sovereign persons. Those coming to the United States of America do not necessarily get that, understand that. US citizens are required, have the responsibility of directing their government. Not just in the vote, but in the monitoring of performance and adherence to the laws of the land and the Constitution of the United States.

Now, what has happened over time is multifold.

Those who have tasted power and control want to stay in power and have control; so much so that they convince the People they have no power nor control and must put these people in power back in power to control “things”. They become the “perpetually elected”; aka., elected for life.

Those raised as vassals of the State come to the United States and quickly acclimate to those in power and control to become vassals of the new State. They are the voiceless chattal of the elite; the huddled masses in a new State; aka., victims of a new disorder, different from the last one from which they ran.

Then there are the academians who have theorized from their lofty perches of intellectualism what should be right and just for the individual and the masses; without actually doing any studies to verify their hypotheses. However, if you disagree with them your grades and degree and esteem will suffer. It is a vile power of the emotionally weak subjecting themselves upon the naive and situationally powerless.

Let us add to these groups those nations and political ideologues who do not care for and actively work for the destruction of the “American way of life”. [Which is individual sovereignty, self determination, and no subservience to those in power.] They will use military, espionage, economics, ideology, and academic subversion to destroy what they see as the “uncontrollable” ideological, economic, and military force stopping them from controlling the world. They are the “Brain” from the cartoon “Pinkie and the Brain”, always planning how they can take over the world. Currently, it is a psy-ops operation via social media, televised media, and academic programing to accept their planned version of “status quo” where they have the villas and the masses have the factory floors.

But back to the scope of the role of the US President.

The framers of the United States of America Constitution were pretty smart about it and gave considerable thought to the process. It took a number of years to come up with the right solution for the posterity and immediately upon introduction required 10 amendments to make it a viable solution of government for the States to ratify.

So, we come to the US President.

The idea was to not have a monarch, nor an oligarchy (group of rulers), nor a caste system, nor a peerage of nobles over commoners nor vassals. Enslavement of humans as property was also discussed but not removed until 1863. The idea was to have one of their own, from among We the People, to represent the People. In doing so, limitations were placed on this President (or first among the People) to ensure the President would not become a new style or kind of monarch (solo ruler).

Let us look at some of those roles and limitations.

The President is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress and, to that end, appoints the heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet. The Vice President is also part of the Executive Branch, ready to assume the Presidency should the need arise. [source: whitehouse.gov]

The Constitution explicitly assigns the president the power to sign or veto legislation, command the armed forces, ask for the written opinion of their Cabinet, convene or adjourn Congress, grant reprieves and pardons, and receive ambassadors. [source: wikipedia.com, Powers of the President of the Unites Sates]

While living and working in the White House, the president performs many roles. These include the following eight: Chief of State, Chief Executive, Chief Administrator, Chief Diplomat, Commander-in-Chief, Chief Legislator, Chief of Party, and Chief Citizen. [source: wikipedia.com, Roles of the President of the Unites Sates]

The US Constitution, in Article 2 and Amendment 12, cover what the scope and role of the US President are. Hint: not a dictator. [source: US Constitution]

Executive power is vested (given to in trust) to the US President.

Must be born in the USA or a citizen when the Constitution was ratified (approved by the States).

Faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of his/her Ability, preserve, protect and defend 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 Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall 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, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

Call both Houses of Congress into session or adjourn them.

I keep going over these roles and requirements. In no where do I see a US President can mandate anything other than direct the operation of the United States federal government. Amendment 9 & 10 and the other two US branches of government can shut down a President’s desire to dictate.

Let us review the Executive powers portion of the role of POTUS.

Oxford Dictionary has this to say:
-having the power to put plans, actions, or laws into effect.
-a person with senior managerial responsibility in a business organization
-the person or branch of a government responsible for putting policies or laws into effect

Webster’s Dictionary, 1828, has this to say:
The act of administering; direction; management; government of public affairs; the conducting of any office or employment.
-The executive part of government, consisting in the exercise of the constitutional and legal powers, the general superintendence of national affairs, and the enforcement of laws.
-The officer, whether king, president or other chief magistrate, who superintends the execution of the laws; the person who administers the government; executive power or authority in government.

I am still not seeing where the US President has dictatorial powers.

The US President is not prelate, prince, monarch, arkon, nor king. The US President is not a Cromwell of English history. Nor is the US President a Napoleon, crowning himself king and emperor.

No, the US President is the CEO of the federal government [manages the business of government], chief of State [#1 ambassador to the States and the Earth], commander-in-chief of the military, national guards, and militia [top civilian to which the military report], approver of legislation coming from the US Congress, and ensures the US Constitution and laws are executed faithfully.

Again, I am not seeing anywhere where the US President can dictate or regulate with impunity. If the Congress does not hold the POTUS accountable, and the USSC/SCOTUS do not hold the POTUS accountable, it remains to the People and the States to hold their national government and Executive accountable.

Every two years, there is the opportunity to recycle the US, state, and local governments. This should be done regularly.

Someone once observed: governments should be changed like diapers, and for the same reasons.

’nuff said.

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Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved; you and your household. [Acts 16.31]

In this passage we hear Paul’s response to the Philippian jailer. To fill in the story, Paul and Silas went to Philippi, preached the gospel, caused a riot, were whipped, and thrown into jail. Around midnight praising God, an earthquake happened and the doors to the jail cells opened. The jailer thought everyone left. He started to kill himself when Paul stopped him. The jailer takes Paul and Silas home, tends to their wounds, and then has church.

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One of the discoveries I made over the years is “bad parents make bad parents”. The cycle of relationships tend to repeat in following generations unless there is some trigger, some impetus to change the cycle. That comes with making a decision to change. It is even easier when the decision to walk with God is made, and a lifestyle of learning from God begins.

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The phone rang. He didn’t answer it. It said “private number”. He had stopped taking calls for quite some time. If he didn’t recognize the number, he let it ring. It kept ringing. He decided  to let it go to voice mail. If it went to voice mail, he might call them back. He just stared at the phone until it stopped. There was no buzz notifying him of voice mail. The phone rang again. It said “private number”. Maybe I should answer it this time, he thought. “Hello?”

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She was a friend of a friend. We met at a gallery showing. Our conversation was pleasant. I had not been out in quite some time; nor in the presence of a lady so charming in a longer time. I insisted we have dinner. It was late, but she acquiesced. I smiled and dialed a favored haunt. With a bit of a french accent, the manager on the phone agreed to hold a table for two. She looked at me and asked, “Is it just that easy? At this hour?” I answered, “Yes. Shall we?” I extended my arm. She laid her hand gently on my forearm. In moments we were in a car heading for a late dinner.

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Jesus had come to be one of us, perfect in relationship with God, the Father. Jesus lived his life as example that Man could walk with God in perfect unity. Then, he traded that life to fulfill covenant promises made so that we can have that same life of unity with God, the Father. Because of what Jesus did, we can be one with the Father; if we accept it and walk in it. Many, too many, are passionate in their belief that what they are doing is right; even when it is wrong. Jesus prayed, while on the cross being mocked and ridiculed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[1]

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It was as if the world had gone crazy. Young men, the best and brightest, those full of hope, were thrown into a churning machine where many perished as soon as they arrived. Millions of Europe’s best hopes expired in the trenches of the battlefield. It was war at its worst. It was dubbed the “war to end all wars”. It ended out of exhaustion on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

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My mother’s family came from central Georgia. She had six sisters and two brothers. As often as we could, my parents piled us into the family  car, a station wagon, to make the five hour trek from Charleston to Milledgeville. It was a pilgrimage of sorts; off to reconnect with family. There is nothing quite like a large family of siblings connecting with their cousins who also have a large family of siblings. Meals were usually had around long tables with benches for seats and foldout card tables for the overflow. Noise, laughter, and at least one argument was always part of our visits. I never cared for the road trip to Georgia or the even longer road trip back, but I always enjoyed my time with my cousins. These were special times, special adventures, special moments.

One special moment was a visit to Uncle Jake’s and Aunt Mildred’s farm. Even though raised in the south by two country born parents, we were pretty much city kids. The idea of having and raising pigs, having a working farm, was quite foreign to me. I recall one trip where the kids went down to see the livestock. The older kids were down there, near the wood-railed fence, looking at the pigs. I wanted to go down there with them. I don’t think I was allowed, so naturally, I tried sneaking down there to be with the big kids, anyway. I got about half way down there when a pig came out of the pen and chased me back up to the house. I tried three more time before giving up. The same pig would come out of the pen and chase me back to the house. I think I spent the rest of that visit on the porch or in the house. I was miserable.

Meals for a large family with a visiting large family were noisy and a flurry of motions in getting everything prepared and set to the table while still hot enough for everyone there. In one of those meals I recall the flurry of motion, emotions, and conversations around the table. It seemed that a torrent had descended on the kitchen and after a brief storm the kitchen was empty again. Empty except for my brother Rob and I. We sat at the table picking at our bowls of oatmeal and staring at the glasses of buttermilk. These were new experiences for us both. We sat there and were told we could not go outside unless we had eaten our food. We were having none of that. We sat and complained as little boys would do.

Our host, Uncle Jake, came into the kitchen. He smiled at us. It was like he wanted to laugh but didn’t. He seemed a very big man to me. He wore a short sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up just a bit, and he wore bib-overalls. He was a working man who understood hard work. I was a little boy who was at war with a bowl of oatmeal and a glass of buttermilk.

Uncle Jake sat across the table from my brother Rob and me. I wish I could remember the entire conversation. His words have been lost to years and time. He talked to us like he was one of us. Told us it was good for us. He had us try little bits, then a little more. My brother Rob may have been smarter than me. He ate his up and drank a good portion of his buttermilk then was excused to go outside and play. Uncle Jake was exceedingly patient with me. With his encouragement, I finally finished my oatmeal. He let me go without finishing the buttermilk. I complained rather sadly at how it tasted like it was bad. I remember I felt like I finally escaped when he said I could go. I do not think I even said thank you. I ran from the table as quickly as I could and joined the kids outside.

I do not remember the rest of that day or that weekend. It was so long ago and blended into other memories. What I do remember the most was my Uncle Jake taking a moment to spend time with me to ensure I got enough to eat. I remember his face and how he genuinely cared. To this day I still do not much care for buttermilk, but I do owe and credit my fondness for oatmeal to my Uncle Jake who took the time to be with his baby sister-in-law’s little boy and helped him eat his first bowl of oatmeal. There were other trips, other visits, but none that I remember more than this one. I wish I knew him better and had other memories I could pull up. But, this is a good one. I am glad he took the time with me, helping me get through a bowl of oatmeal and a glass of buttermilk.

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Almighty God, I acknowledge my dependence upon You; I pray Your blessings upon me, my family, my leaders, my city, my state, and my nation.

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The Church and the World struggle with the message of Jesus Christ because it is too challenging yet too simple. When Jesus paid for all of it – whatever was or is in the way of you becoming one with the God of the Bible – it became too simple. Before Jesus did what he did there were all of these requirements to righteousness: meaning to be in right standing with the God of the Bible. After Jesus did what he did the complicated challenge became “what’s in my heart, why do I do what I do, how does that honor the God of the Bible”?
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