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July 4, 2017 Mr. President

Posted by griffithd on July 4, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Age and Citizenship requirements - US Constitution, Article II, Section 1

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

Term limit amendment - US Constitution, Amendment XXII, Section 1 - ratified February 27, 1951

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

While not in the Constitution I think a few other attributes are in order. Respect for the office, capacity for the office, experienced leadership and proven judgement, the ability to take the heat and stay calm and in command, a commitment to represent all Americans, a commitment to thoughtfully represent American's interest on the world stage, a commander in chief that uses American military in a disciplined and proper manner, uphold American values and above all defend the constitution and laws of the land. To drive change in our government that respond to citizens needs and interests, i.e. environment, healthcare, gun laws, employment, free enterprise, equity, etc. To put the nation’s interests ahead of their own and in doing so do what is right and just and not necessarily popular. To recognize while we are a nation we are also global citizens. Finally, to speak the truth and to lead with transparency and candor.

All of our great Presidents have been called by history to respond to history. With time they have earned the respect of a grateful nation while at the same time not always garnering agreement. With time, one can reflect that the nation under their leadership was moved. The debate is always in which direction.

One can note a few issues on the nation’s plate. Poverty, Race, Employment, Health Care, National Defense, Education, Energy, Environment, Global Terrorism, Nuclear Weapons, Regional Conflict, Gun Control, the Economy, Cyber Security, and the list grows. I am certain that the status of Morning Joe hosts is not high on the list.

We elect our leaders to lead, not tweet. Clearly, the clock is ticking on so many issues. I urge our elected leadership, not just the President, to come together and lead and if they can’t to step down and if they won’t, I call on us as a nation to hold them accountable. Our challenges are too great to sit on the sideline. The founding fathers established a government to work, not pass 8, soon to be 9, continuing budget resolutions.

On our nation’s birthday there is no better time to raise you voice, you pen, your pocketbook and your vote and hold our President accountable. It is our job as a citizen to do so. Our differences are the fuel of our democracy. Red or Blue we agree on the need for leadership on the major issues of our day and the need for collective combined action.

As a nation we are craving you to lead, not just your base, but all of us.

And yes, that starts by acting Presidential.

Put down your damn phone and lead.


Categories: Muddy Boots, Leadership, Griffith Thoughts

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