Who’s Really In Command Here?

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President of the United States… Also known as: Chief of State; Chief Executive; Chief Diplomat; Chief Legislator; Chief Administrator; Commander-In-Chief… Those are the roles of the President as outlined in the Constitution. Two other roles the President must fill are: Chief of Party and Voice of the People.

So, right off, that’s a lot. I’m going to break it down with just a sentence or two each.

  • Chief of State: The President is the head of the government; rules over the government.
    • Pretty obvious, but important to note.
  • Chief Executive: Has executive powers that are limited by the other two branches of government, Judicial and Legislative.
    • Again, obvious.
    • Can sometimes be used interchangeably with Chief Administrator.
  • Chief Diplomat: Recognize foreign governments and helps keep the US legitimate in the eyes of the world.
    • Representative of the US Government.
    • Basically, a sort of a host for a party? That’s a pretty good way of putting it, albeit unusual; but it works.
  • Chief Legislator: Shaper (not controller) of law.
    • Basically, upholds the law and may ask or insist Congress (the makers of law) enact laws.
  • Chief Administrator: Manager of the executive branch of government.
    • Keeps information flowing with the different departments of government.
    • Can sometimes be used interchangeably with Chief Executive.
  • Commander-In-Chief: Head of the military, full stop.
    • Every action taken, every death suffered, is the President’s responsibility.

So, those are the ones outlined in the Constitution, the ‘official’ roles.

Here are the ‘unofficial‘ roles:

  • Chief of Party: Leader of the country as a whole.
    • Not just the government, a specific branch, or the military, the entire country.
  • Voice of the People: Representative of the United States of America.
    • This may seem redundant, and, in a way, it is, but it’s important to note.
      • As the ‘Voice of the People’, the President is who tells the world what we stand for.
        • We the People.
          • As in all of us.

Now that that’s finished, let’s get to the focus of the post: Commander-In-Chief.

The President of the United States has refused to take responsibility for the death of US Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens. A death that occurred during a failed raid in Yemen that the President himself gave the orders for.

Not only is he refusing to take responsibility for this death, that he ordered, but he’s blaming his generals. Generals that he commands.

Let that sink in for a moment; I’ll wait.

Got it? Good.

The President of the United States is not only refusing to take responsibility for a Navy SEAL whose life he controls, but is deflecting that responsibility onto people under him.

This is a man who has personally draft-dodged, avoided serving, the military that he now commands.

Five times.

Now, before I go any further, I’m going to state, for the record, that I abhor the military. I abhor its practices, purpose, and use. But, and this is important, I recognize that the military is a necessary part of our country, and indeed, the world we live in. I recognize that they are the ones that keep us safe, day in and day out; that they literally put their life on the line for us. I understand that.

I respect that with the same respect those individuals in the military have for our freedoms and country, the reasons they fight for us. Those same individuals are not the ones I have a problem with. The system is what I have a problem with. The need for the system is what I have a problem with.

Having said that, I understand and, yes, empathize with the President’s actions in his past.

However, I believe that anyone that wants to be President should have either firsthand military experience or firsthand experience with the responsibilities that they will hold in regards to the lives of others.

Let me explain.

If you’re going to have power over life, you should know the consequences and be willing to take responsibility for those consequences.

That is your responsibility as someone with control over other people’s lives.

You need to know what you’re doing and you must take responsibility if and when things may go wrong. (This goes for all aspects of life, for everyone. See here.)

Here’s where my problem lies: we have a president who is refusing to accept and deflecting the consequences of his actions.

That is not what a leader is. That is not what the Commander-In-Chief does.

To put simply, that is not what a President is.

So I ask: who’s really in command here if we don’t have someone willing to accept the consequences of their actions, if we don’t have a president?


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