If I Were President ...

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Editor:

First and foremost in my mind would be to recall words spoken by Harry S. Truman: “The buck stops here.” It would be my duty to oversee to the best of my ability all aspects of the executive branch of our government. Here are some of the specifics:

Paramount is the security of our entire population; this includes sufficient security at embassies, such as that at Benghazi, and sending of reinforcements when required. And lying about the event at Benghazi causes our citizens to lose confidence; hence I would always be truthful and transparent in all matters that do not adversely affect national security.

It would be my solemn duty to obey our Constitution and enforce our country’s laws. Felons, such as those who shipped guns to Mexico, should be prosecuted (seems that I recall Eric Holder being responsible for the agency involved) to the full extent of the law. What happened and who caused it would be made known.

One of the most powerful of government agencies is the IRS, which is charged to collect money due the government in a fair and equitable manner. They would not be allowed to show favoritism to any individuals or businesses, and government employees who violate the code of ethics should be fired and perhaps criminally prosecuted.

Illegal immigrants who were smuggled here as children (Dreamers) should be awarded citizenship unconditionally. Their parents (human smuggling is a felony) should be granted a path to citizenship under certain conditions (learning English is essential to prevent them from becoming a burden to the rest of us); however, illegal immigrants who commit other felonies should be deported with no future chance of citizenship, and in no case would I release them to roam our streets and threaten our law abiding people.

All military personnel would be removed from Afghanistan and most of them reassigned to guard our borders and seaports. This would reduce the influx of more illegals and the influx of illegal drugs; both of which create a considerable monetary drain in our country.

For many years our military personnel have made monumental sacrifices on our behalf. Recuperation and rehabilitation of those who have been injured in the defense of our country should be the responsibility of our government. “Wounded Warriors” groups should not have to beg for funds to help our veterans. And Veterans Admini­stration hospitals should endeavor to supply prompt and maximum care to every veteran in need.

And countries friendly to us deserve proper consideration. Eavesdropping on our European allies is unacceptable and disrespecting Canada by failure to approve the Keystone pipeline lacks a reasonable amount of intelligence. Most likely the pipeline would prevent gas prices from doubling as has occurred in the Obama years.

With the help of a bipartisan House and Senate, Obamacare would be history. Some parts of it should be retained, but the increased cost to millions of people, the loss of the program they really wanted and chose, and the inability to keep their own trusted doctors all contribute to the undesirability of this program. Reading the law before enacting it should be required and lying to the public is reprehensible.

We have the right of self defense; if we need to defend ourselves from terrorists in this or other countries we should proceed to do so to the best of our military ability. And that ability should be maximized by funding research to obtain the very best weaponry possible.

This treatise will not get me elected in 2016, but hopefully it will help stimulate all our loyal citizens.

Gerald R. Rutz

Comments

Donald Cline 7 months ago

Hi, Gerald. Kudos on your letter to the editor. I really appreciate your point of view and I believe your heart is in the right place, but there's a couple of things I have to take gentle issue with.

I was wondering why you believe "Paramount is the security of our entire population"? I don't believe the U.S. Constitution says that anywhere. In fact, to the contrary, the U.S. Constitution is based on the principles established by the Declaration of Independence, and that document establishes an entirely different principle: "That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men."

The Founders were pretty clear that liberty is a lot more important than security. As Ben Franklin said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." And Sam Adams said, "If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

Please don't think I am criticizing your letter; it offers some very good points. You are certainly correct that it would be your solemn duty to obey our Constitution if you were president. That is the solemn duty of every elected and/or appointed official in the employ of the citizens of our nation. Felons, like the perpetrators of Fast and Furious, certainly should be prosecuted, and that includes Eric Holder.

The IRS, on the other hand, is another issue: Did you know that there is no law creating the IRS? That there is no law making any citizen liable for a direct Tax? That the Constitution, in fact, prohibits a direct Tax unless apportioned? That the only reason judges convict private individuals of tax evasion is because they don't want their own returns to be audited? That in fact, the 16th (Income Tax) Amendment was never ratified, and this is a proven fact using the certified legislative records of the States purportedly ratifying it? And, lastly for this brief discussion, that the IRS does not support the federal government with the revenue collected? That it was not created for that purpose?

Let's see; looks like I'd better go to Part 2.

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Donald Cline 7 months ago

Part 2:

The Constitution does not address what criteria is required to become a naturalized citizen, but it does require government officials at all levels to swear or affirm an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, and a non-citizen committing that oath is committing perjury. Further, the Constitution requires the President, as a condition of taking office, to be a "natural-born citizen," and according to the founders of our nation (and no less than four court rulings) that is defined as having been born on U.S. soil of parents who are both U.S. citizens. That's why there is all the fuss about Obama's eligibility: He can't or won't prove where he was born except with obviously forged birth documents, and the man he claims was his father was not a U.S. Citizen.

I like your suggestion of all military being removed from Afghanistan (and I assumed other combat zones) and set to work protecting America. There is nothing in the Constitution authorizing our military to be sent overseas in the absence of a declaration of war by Congress. But we would have to be prepared for the Marxist and Fascist dictators of the world to fill the vacuum our departure would create, and we would be hated for leaving our friends open to invasion.

I agree we have a responsibility to care for our wounded military and their dependents, but unfortunately there is nothing in the Constitution authorizing the federal government to operate medical facilities for veterans or anyone else. The current VA scandal is what happens when we allow government to do things it is not authorized to do -- and by the way, the criminal activities this scandal has revealed were in operation at least as far back as 1964 when I sought VA medical care for a service-connected disability. States could pick up the tab for their medical care if the feds would stop interfering with State economies.

Friendly countries should not be eavesdropped on? Perhaps, OTOH, do we have a right to seek evidence that they are, in fact, friendly? But it is certain that there is no Constitutional authority for the federal government to eavesdrop on American citizens without a warrant based on probable cause. Period. Full-stop. End of story.

Now to Part 3.

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Donald Cline 7 months ago

Part 3:

I don't think a "bipartisan" House and Senate has anything to do with getting rid of ObamaCare. A CONSTITUTIONAL House and Senate would not have passed it in the first place, and a legitimate Congress would not allow the slightest shred of it to be retained. It is totally without delegated federal authority. Not only that, but when Chief Justice John Roberts was blackmailed (probably thanks to the NSA) into going over to the dark side and claiming it was Constitutional because it was a tax, it became null and void at that moment if it wasn't already (and it was). Taxes are for the purpose of revenue, and the Constitution requires bills for revenue be introduced in the House, not in the Senate. ObamaCare is an illegal fraud and enforcement of it is criminal by definition.

We definitely have the right to self-defense, and we definitely have the right to keep and bear arms -- all the arms of the typically well-equipped infantryman. And I have to tell you that the forces of evil that are trying to regain control over our nation have been stopped in their quest at least three times now because we are armed. They never remain stopped for long, but know that there is no federal, state, or local restriction on the right to keep and bear arms that is not null and void. The State governments and their Police Power have the legitimate authority to restrict the use of firearms, but not the keeping and bearing of them.

Gotta go to dinner. Thanks for your letter, and I hope I have help to stimulate your further involvement in liberty.

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