The last presidency (as we know it)?

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

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15 Responses to “The last presidency (as we know it)?”

  1. Tom says:

    Syria scenarios consist of some real bad options and several horrible ones…

    The worst option is the fall of chemical weapons into the hands of Al-Qaeda and Hizballah.

    Unless we have a clear strategic objective, we can not go ahead with the attack.

  2. John says:

    Mixed messages!
    Secretary of State saying one thing.
    President is saying another.

    Talk, talk, talk – ZERO response.
    The United States of blah, blah, blah!!!

  3. Peter Simonetti says:

    Seeking Congress authorization is Obama’s easy way out, or nasty way in.
    If Congress says No, he wins a free exit ticket.
    If Congress says Yes, he can always hide behind this decision when (not if) things go wrong.

  4. Bert says:

    Is this the Credit Card Processing Blog?

    How’s Obama lack of leadership related to merchant accounts?

  5. Patricia says:

    You are correct – Obama’s lack of leadership has (almost) nothing to do with processing credit cards using merchant accounts. Nevertheless, a weak, inconsistent, powerless and indecisive United States of America, will eventually effect everything, including credit card processing in the US and all over our planet.

  6. Rick says:

    What a fool…!

    Incompetent Obama is now only a symbol reflecting incompetent US.

    Iran, Syria, Hezbollah – all celebrating.

    Nothing will now stop Iran from finalizing its nuclear project.

  7. Dean Price says:

    Leaving aside creditcard processing issues, I want to make sure we all remember that the oldest known form of democracy is the direct democracy, whereby each and every member of the society (Ok, not each and every, rather each and every member of the higher class) could vote on any issue that was brought to the assembly. it is about time we get the power back. isn’t it?

  8. “Then there was the educated Texan from Texas who looked like someone in Technicolor and felt, patriotically, that people of means – decent folk – should be given more votes than drifters, whores, criminals, degenerates, atheists and indecent folk – people without means.

    Dunbar sat up like a shot. “That’s it,” he cried excitedly. “There was something missing – and now I know what it is.” He banged his first down into his palm. “No patriotism,” he declared.

    “You’re right,” Yossarian shouted back. “You’re right, you’re right, you’re right. The hot dog, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mom’s apple pie. That’s what everyone’s fighting for. But who’s fighting for the decent folk? Who’s fighting for more votes for the decent folk? There’s no patriotism, that’s what it is. And no matriotism, either”.

  9. John Lennon says:

    Power To The People

    Power to the people

  10. Alejandra says:

    It seems that president Obama hasn’t learned much throughout his presidency and remains ahead of his time.

    Being a gentleman and a scholar, he is perceived as weak, and nourish the general notion of a dying Empire.

    Listening to Obama resembles an encounter with an extraterrestrial who doesn’t speak the local language.

    The inhabitants on planet Earth are not ready for this supreme being moral standards…

  11. Drusilla says:


    It seems like we are totally clueless.

    Was Obama seriously thinking that nothing would change until the Congress makes a decision? That in the hectic environment currently existing in Syria, everything would freeze? That everybody would hold their breath until Obama convince US senators to vote in one way or another?

    While Obama was busy with his “campaign”, Putin changed the basic assumptions, and with a fully cooperated move with Syria offered them a way out. Though no one believes that this one is for real, how can you now support a military strike, if a diplomatic resolution seems to be at hand?

    And yet, Obama continues his campaign, saying that he is yet to make up his mind…

    America’s weaknesses fully exposed!

  12. Owen says:

    When I first read this post It seemed strange that this was published on a credit card processing site. 11 days later, it makes more sense. Some events are so important that they can be published even if subject doesn’t fully meet the overall content on site, and it seems that the writer has identified such a scenario in real time.

    These are critical times for America and the world is watching. If we cannot foresee moves made by Russia, if we cannot wipeout a noise like Assad and if instead of leading the world, we are being led by a bully such as Putin, than we are no longer the empire we used to be. If we have weak leadership, if we cannot make a relatively simple resolution and if we no longer lead the world, this world is about to change. Chine is right at our door, and with totally different moral standards is ready to take over.

    It is true that empires do not last forever, yet are we absolutely sure that our time has come?

  13. Lindzy says:

    The most successful and ingenious approach we’ve had in decades!!!

    Without the use of force, the white house has already changed the situation in Syria.
    By pushing Syria into a corner and ‘mistakenly’ suggesting neutralizing Syria from its chemical weapons, Russia has fallen right into this well webbed trap, and now, the UN is actively working towards this idea.
    Can you imagine a better outcome to a US strike?

    As Russia and Syria never intended to execute their suggestion, their bluff will soon be exposed.

    This will lead into a united international act against Assad, lead by the US.

    Our president is a true genius!

  14. Alex says:

    A new record!

    Vladimir Putin has decided to approach the American people directly by publishing, on September 11…, a plea for caution on the New York Times. Shameless Putin educates us regarding: democracies, being equally created by God, the Pope’s view, resolving conflicts by peaceful dialogues, law and order, the United Nations, being allies and working together…???!!!


  15. Sabrina says:

    Putin holds a crime record too long for this comment to contain. Anything from faked PhD degree up to: financial crimes, political crimes, human rights crimes and war crimes.

    After taking over KGB, Putin continued using KGB methods to move forward. Galina Starovoitova was murdered. Yury Skuratov was silenced. Leaving Russia with no opposition he performed another successful take over. Massively bombing and invading Chechnya, violating human rights in and out of Russia, eliminating Sergei Yushenkov, Pechtniki & Kashirskoye, poisoning Yuri Shchekochikhin and evaporating any other opposition using every trick in the book, from simple beating to trials on espionage. Sending Mikhail Trepashkin, Khodorkovsky and others to prison. Left with no free opposition, Putin is “re-elected”. Further opposition being eliminated. Nikolai Girenko shot dead. Paul Klebnikov shot dead. A KGB chemical weapon is used to poison Viktor Yushchenko, who survives the attack. Andrei Kozlov is shot dead. Anna Politkovskaya is shot dead. Alexander Litvinenko poisoned by Russian radioactive Polonium. Stanslav Markelov shot dead. So was Natalia Estemirova.

    In Syria alone, by supporting Assad both financially and military, Putin is responsible for murdering over 100,000 people.

    He is now explaining the importance of law and order and democracy values to the American people.

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