Archive for August, 2013

The last presidency (as we know it)?

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

The president of the world’s oldest constitutional democracy announced today, that as a government of the people, by the people and for the people, he made a decision to seek authorization for the use of force from the American people representatives in Congress. In a following speech, Secretary of State, Kerry, suggested: “to discuss this directly with the American People”.

By giving up his presidential authorities, president Obama might have initiated a process, which would eventually change presidency and Congress forever. The quest for the voice of the American People could easily grow beyond the current debate regarding acting in Syria.

Though one can argue that under American constitutional law, a US president is not authorized to declare war, and that for this exact reason the Framers of our Constitution, required such a decision to be approved by the Congress, presidents have ignored same constitutional requirement for decades.

Like it or not, at the end of the day, the president of the United States needs to be able to make a decision. Same chosen one must be strong enough to act when action is needed. Right or wrong, when you are the Commander-in-chief – it’s your call…

It may very well be that such decisions are better made by the “People”, rather than by one person, which may not be moral enough, or have the stomach to make the call, yet if this is indeed the case, why stop at Congress?

We need to remember that the Framers of our Constitution were not familiar with Facebook… If indeed we wish to “discuss this directly with the American People” and put it to vote, we don’t need to wait full nine days for the Congress to act. The American People can make the call today, online, and have the issue resolved, one way or another…

Though president Obama declared today: “I wasn’t elected to avoid hard decisions”, he avoided from making one today. If the American People can no longer choose one person, which is capable of making a decision, the mechanism of decision making might needs being changed!

Gidi Argov, Founder and CEO