It's a very thought provoking question that TIME magazine recently asked. Your thoughts?
Does America Need More Than One President?
No, America needs to reduce the power of the president so that one can do the job. The congress critters have created a monster (huge federal nanny) that is out of control;
It was not always a problem to have a one-party presidency, but over the past 75 years, the Oval Office has amassed an exceptional amount of power. Presidents control policy for air quality, energy exploration, education, health care, consumer protection and many other matters through agency regulations, executive orders, and other unilateral actions. Presidents dominate foreign policy even more. They decide when we go to war, which foreign governments we recognize, and which undocumented immigrants we deport. As Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., wrote, we now have an imperial presidency.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Absolutely ****ing not. We already have basically designed a modern day government aristocracy and adding a 2nd President would facilitate an even greater grab of power right out of the hands of the populace (even if elected by the populace.)
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people." - Penn Jillette.
I've sometimes wondered if we'd be better off with the executive office being a Triumvirate... say President, a separately elected Vice P., and a "Federal Governor" (elected by the State legislatures from among all 50 Governors), and that no executive action could be taken unless all three were in agreement.
This would also restore some real power to the States at the same time...
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.
I am not of the mind that a man is either of science or of religion. At his best and his worst, man exists in the misty glimmering where the falling angel meets the rising ape. That he chooses a direction from that point defines him as human.
"A fair exchange ain't no robbery." Tupac Shakur w/Digital Underground