Presidency 101

Why is it that the most important position in the world does not require any prerequisites…? It seems that those who wish to become a President should have adequate expertise in areas of leadership, diplomacy, cultural diversity, Constitutional law, how each federal agency works, specific procedures of all three branches of government, moral and ethical analysis and law.  To name only a few more suggestions, he or she should also be scholarly about past presidents and administrations, how governments around the world govern, world geography, and foreign affairs (both current and past).

To give the job of President over to a person with the only stipulation that he or she is a citizen and won the election does not seem like the most prudent idea. So, I employ a reevaluation for our county’s most important job. Just like in other fields where we expect expertise, a President must be able to see the entire picture, not just the previews.  

Perhaps we should start with Presidency 101 and go on from there.

Political abnormalities, or are they?

The appearance of abnormality in our political climate is daunting to many. However, if one were to observe the phenomena through the lens of the statistical world, it would be simply considered the consequences of an outlier. Which brings me to wonder if the founding fathers brought into account statistics when writing the Constitution.

The basic definition of an outlier is an extreme value that does not follow the norm or the pattern of the majority of our data. Here we need to think of the voting population in terms of data. But what do we do when in politics an outlier rises to the top? What happens when an individual appears to be out of sync with the norm, when an outlier skews everything we are used to? Should we be surprised, or should we look at the human population as a lesson in statistics? The mean (the average in statistics) is non-resistant. That means it’s affected by outliers. More specifically, the mean will want to move towards the outlier. In statistical math, there are several ways to deal with an outlier, remove it or replace the value with one of less extreme. So, taking all this account, we can’t take our current situation as an anomaly.

Eventually, an outlier had to show up.

A gentle reminder

see sawAs more and more information comes to people by way of social media, their reaction to  input has been, shall we say, varied, many times misguided, and more than often  confused among the minutia of “stuff”.  So, for those who may have forgotten or even never really digested the most primary of facts (as stipulated in the Constitution) regarding the United States branches of government; here is a rudimentary check list.

Today’s blog is dedicated to The Three Branches of Government.

Pretend that three people who weigh the same take turns on a seesaw. No matter which two people are on the seesaw at opposite ends, they are balanced. Our government is the same way. The three that take turns riding the seesaw are: –

(1)  President – Executive Branch, (2) Legislative Branch, and (3) Supreme Court – Judicial Branch

How do these branches balance and check each other? Each branch has different powers from another branch. But each weighs the same.

Using the lists below you can imagine a seesaw to show how each branch balances the other.

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Executive branch- President:

• Makes treaties with other nations
• Carries out laws
• Vetoes bills Congress passes if he thinks they are wrong
• Appoints judges in the Judicial Branch for a life term
• Writes the budget Congress:

Legislative Branch- Congress and Senate

• Makes laws
• Can override a President’s veto of a bill by 2/3 vote
• Can impeach (fire) a President for misconduct
• Must approve presidential appointments for judges and justices
• Gives the O.K. on budget spending and treaties
• Can remove judges from office for misconduct

Supreme Court- Judicial Branch

• Interprets laws
• May decide that some laws that Congress makes or decisions that the President make are not right according to the Constitution.

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For whatever it is worth, take into consideration these facts and when confronted by a tide of media input, throw this out as a lifeboat and tow in the truth.