Respect for the office


~March 6, 2015~~

From a Follower.

“The office of the President, no matter who sits in the oval office, deserves our respect. If we so belittle the office through excessive partisanship we lessen the authority that the office deserves.

The President of the United States is our leader, our chief executive, the person who the rest of the world looks to as representing the United States.

How far do we take partisanship before it becomes demeaning to the office?

Is our political system so warped that what is best for the country becomes less important than partisan gain?

The phrase the loyal opposition, is important to consider, in that it implies that a person from the opposition party is still loyal to their oath and their nation while still opposing when it is appropriate what the opposition party or in this case the President of the United States has done.

Is anything fair game?

Is it okay to lie about them?

Is it okay to personally attack the wife of the President or his or her children, or even the dog?

What are the limitations?”

“As it appears in …. full read/credit”

My thoughts on this topic are very personal to me and I understand that all are entitled to their own. I don’t mean for this post to be a political one.

I was always taught that we needed to “respect the office” of the President of the United States.

Without bringing politics and different ideologies into this, can anyone really say that this office has been respected since 2008 as is had always been before?

I wonder?

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4 thoughts on “Respect for the office

  1. I was brought up the same way. I’ms sick of the way our current president is treated. There are consequences, big and small, the least of them is I won’t be voting for any republicans in the immediate future, even though I used to be a died in the wool variety registered Republican. Long term, I probably won’;t vote for any either. I changed my registration to “uncommitted” (in my state, there is an Independent Party, which is a Libertarian party.) The latest stunt — the letter to the Iranians — may not register legally as traitorous, but in my mind anyone who signed that letter needs to take a class in the meaning of the US Constitution they swear to uphold, with special attention paid to the separation of powers provisions.

    • Thank you ‘weggieboy’ for the kind words, I agree with you my friend.
      I try hard not to hate the party or the person and I did accomplish half of the trying, so I just dislike the Person in each party in government today!
      Please do not stop your right to vote, far too many of your country men and women have died or have been wounded protecting your right to vote.
      Do not allow this government to take this from you?
      Ever if you write in your friends name, “Vote”?
      Love and respect my friend!

  2. A very nice essay, both from the portion you posted along with the piece in total. Historically I can think of only 3 Presidents before President Obama who faced a lack of respect in similar ways, but for each the reasons for the reactions from their opponents was clearly stated and some extenuating circumstances existed at the time. John Adams following George Washington would of course pale in comparison to GW. Adams also inherited the long term political battle between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. People often forget that Jefferson quit Washington’s Cabinet when GW accepted Hamilton’s advice over that given by Jefferson. To make matters worse for Adams because of the original Constitutional method for electing the Executive Office, Jefferson served as Vice President during the Adams presidency. That nuance with the Electoral College would be fixed with ratification of the 12th Amendment following the disputed election of 1800 where Jefferson actually tied with Aaron Burr for the office of President even though Burr technically sought the office of VP. For John Adams it was not until the year 1933 that a scholarly work was favorable in assessing his presidency, and that book was written by a French author. Only after the year 2000 and biographies written by Joe Ellis and David McCullough did Adams finally receive the credit he was due. The HBO series from a few years back resulted from the Ellis and McCullough works. Personally I have always made a big point with students that John Adams set one of most important precedents in US history in that he freely and willingly left office and turned it over to an opposing faction when he lost in the 1800 election. In other countries that type of action would have involved bloodshed, but not here.

    His son, John Quincy Adams, had a somewhat unremarkable presidency thanks to the conflicts involving the Election of 1824 where Congress had to choose the winner. Supporters of Andrew Jackson who felt that Jackson deserved the victory, sabotaged everything in Congress. Given that JQ Adams had previously served as one of, if not the greatest, Secretary of State in United States history, one can only imagine what he might have done as President in regard to foreign affairs. If not for the Congressional delays concerning authorizations of delegates, if the United States had been represented at the Pan American Conference in 1826 we might have received the lucrative trade contracts that Great Britain managed to obtain. Given that JQ Adams would serve for 17 years in the House following his presidency and his accomplishments in Congress including saving Jackson during the nullification crisis and Adams role in the anti slavery movement and highly accurate predictions of an upcoming Civil War even though he passed away in 1848, one has to wonder what might have been.

    The last on my list is Andrew Johnson. Like the first Adams, Johnson followed a powerful president in Abraham Lincoln. The manner in which Lincoln died (Johnson was also an assassination target that night along with the Secretary of State William Seward who was attacked but not fatally like Lincoln). The fact that Johnson was not a member of the Republican party like Lincoln (they purposely ran on a Union ticket with Lincoln seeking reelection with the Democratic running mate), and the differing opinions concerning Reconstruction would lead to Johnson being the first of 2 Presidents (Clinton is the other) to face impeachment charges in US history. Oddly like JQ Adams, Johnson would leave office and then win election and serve in Congress in the Senate. While his 2nd time in the Senate post Presidency was not of the same level of accomplishment JQ Adams had in the House post Presidency, it is one of the most intriguing political comebacks in US history as Johnson now served with Senators who had voted to impeach him years earlier.

    Actually sorry for the long comment. I was typing and talking at the same time to a former student who stopped by to go to lunch. With lunchtime now upon us, I will spare you Sir of my typing why I do not include Harry Truman in this list.

    What President Obama has endured, however, is unprecedented and no logical reasons for the attempts to decay and destroy the US by the opposition because of who is in the White House exists in my opinion. And now lunch, and discussing this young man’s application packets to hopefully help him get accepted into the law school of his choice. Mr. Walkingfox, I would guess that you would agree with me in that the US may have too many lawyers, but we certainly could use a lot more sincere and honest lawyers who truly want help people like this young man standing beside me will hopefully be just over 3 years from now. Best to you and yours Sir.

    • You, kind sir, can never be long winded (Typed) 🙂
      Thank you for sharing some of your knowledge my friend.
      Yes, there are still some good lawyers, not enough and they will never outnumber the hungry ones but one can only wish. 🙂

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