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Hey Donald, You’re Not The Boss of Me

By Susan Kuebler

I am a citizen of the United States of America.  Our Constitution guarantees me certain rights that no one, not the government, not the military, nor the President can take away from me.

Thanks to the First Amendment, I can say whatever I wish so long as it is true and does not cause harm to others.  I can attend any church I wish, or not attend any at all.  I can assemble peacefully with others.  Thanks to the 19th Amendment, I can vote for my representative in Congress, my Senators, and for the President.

In your Inaugural speech, you said that “We are transferring power from Washington, D. C. and giving it back to you, the people.”  While it became apparent during your campaign that your knowledge of the Constitution and how our government works were limited, at best, this statement only substantiates it.

The power has always been with the people.  The question has been whether we have chosen to use it.  Many have abdicated their power to others, especially those who have chosen not to vote or participate in politics.  I happen to agree with people who say we already have term limits – they are called elections.

According to The FiveThirtyEight, approximately 57 percent of eligible voters participated in the 2016 election, down from 58.6 in 2012 and 61.6 in 2009.  That means that nearly half of eligible voters did not vote for anyone.  More importantly, the numbers show that even with this low turnout, the combined votes for Clinton, Stein, and Johnson clearly show that more people voted against you than for you.

However, you still won the Electoral College votes and that makes you the President.  You have the power that comes with that office, but that does not make you the boss of me. Your powers under the Constitution are strictly defined in Article I of the Constitution. But let’s also take a look at Amendments 9 and 10 to the Constitution.  Amendment 9 states “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”  And Amendment 10 says “The powers not delegated to the United States in the Constitution, nor prohibited by it, are reserved to the States respectively, or the people.” [emphasis added]

I, along with the rest of the American people, whether they voted for you, against you, or didn’t vote at all, are the BOSS OF YOU!  You work for us, not the other way around.  The sooner you realize that, the better it will be for everyone.

It remains to be seen if you will realize that for the first time in your career, you are not the only one in charge.  Only Congress can tax the people and pass legislation that YOU, as the Chief Executive, are required to enforce, whether you like it or not.  The Supreme Court can issue rulings on your power and laws passed by Congress, that YOU will be required to follow.  YOU can nominate anyone you like for the Supreme Court, but only the Senate can approve them.

You certainly have the ability to say YOU’RE FIRED to political appointees in the federal government, but the vast majority of federal employees work in the Civil Service, which was instituted precisely to prevent you from firing them without just cause. You cannot say YOU’RE FIRED to any Senator or member of Congress, but they have the power to say that to you.  So can members of your own Cabinet, if over half of them agree that you are not fit to carry our your duties as President.  And there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

I am a citizen of the United States of America.  I vote.  I will fight to preserve and protect the Constitution.  I am your worst nightmare.

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9 Comments on Hey Donald, You’re Not The Boss of Me

  1. Reblogged this on Badgers Unite and commented:
    I love this post. While I’m working up my own introductory post and original content, I will occasionally reblog articles I find to be thought-provoking (even ones I don’t completely agree with). Here’s today’s post worth reading.

  2. Reblogged this on Life Between 0 and 1 and commented:
    This is well written and worth the read. Too often it seems like we have no choice when it comes to government, but contrary to what most believe, we have all the choice (and the power).

  3. Good post, Andrew!

  4. Applauding you quietly from my seat in a coffee shop. Lovely.

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