The Next POTUS?

Warning: Political Commentary

January 20, 2023, is an important date for the political future of our nation. Should the President resign or otherwise vacate his office on or after this date, the Vice President can take over the Presidency, complete the final two years of his term, and still run for and complete two, four-year terms on her own. That’s potentially ten years as President of the United States. 

This is due to the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution. Section 1 reads: 

“No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.”

Jumping into our wayback machine, I’ve always thought this was the plan. Well, Plan B at least. 

Plan A

A little history. Our current Vice President was part of the very large crowd running for democratic presidential nomination in 2020. She had all the right backers and was quietly the favorite of the party elite. She was young, ambitious and had the race/sex combination to attract the voters the democratic party was pandering to at the time. Those who were leading the race in the poles (Biden & Sanders, whom I refer to as the Lightning Rods), were put out to attract the attention of press and competition, but never intended to win. Something would come up where they would step aside and let the party’s real choice be substituted at the last minute, avoiding the long, intense scrutiny of the front runners. 

Plan A Fails 

Then the party favorite crashed. Maybe not crashed like the manufactured outrage to Howard Dean’s scream in 2004 that dropped him from front runner status, more like a failure to perform. So bad was her performance she dropped out of the race before of the first primary. This left the party with the front runners they didn’t want but were stuck with. 

Plan B

Somewhere, somehow, some political genius came up with the idea to put the party favorite, a candidate that couldn’t make it to the first primary, on the ballot as the VP choice. Knowing the top of the ticket was occupied by someone who could barely string a comprehensible sentence together, let along draw anything more than tiny apathetic crowds to the few campaign trips outside his basement headquarters, it would be easy to finally install the chosen one in two years. 

Plan B Fails

What started as the Biden/Harris administration was quietly dialed back to the Biden Administration, again due to a failure to perform. There are way too many examples to point to, but even a biased Google search can bring up dozens of examples of the Vice President’s word salad speeches, trademark nervous cackle when stumped, and lack of achievement in office. Clearly NOT the person anyone wants in the White House for 10 years.  

Now with the 2024 election cycle beginning, there’s a problem. It’s doubtful on a day-to-day basis if the President will be able to make it to the end of his current term, to say nothing of a second. Having the Vice President take over the big chair would put her as the presumptive democratic party candidate in 2024, which would be a disaster for the party. And nobody wants to primary against a sitting president. 

Plan C 

My crystal ball is saying all the negative news ‘leaks’ about the President and his family are a subtle way to muddying him up just enough to make a valid excuse for him not running for reelection in 2024, but not enough to get him removed from office before then. 

This means the democratic party can have an open primary and not be stuck with the Vice President as their nominee in November. Who will step up? We can absolutely count on perennial favorite lightning rods such as Sanders and Warren, but the names to watch for include Buttigieg, Rice, Newsom, M. Obama and everyone’s favorite blast from the past, twice failed presidential candidate, H. Clinton. 

It is important to keep in mind political news does not get released randomly. It is a deliberately planned sequence of events and stories meant to shape a specific opinion for the voting public and provide the illusion of choice. All of what we are seeing now is setting the foundation for the 2024 elections. But is this the choice you want? 

I’ve said it before. Every seat on every board in every community is important. If we are not showing up, we are ceding control of our communities, our states, and our nation to those who may not share our interests. 

… and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Excerpt from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

The 2024 elections have already started. It’s time to catch up. 

Bob

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A Government of the People

A friend of mine, who sadly I have not seen for far too long, recently ran for a local precinct position during the primaries. Of the 14 seats available, only two names were listed, my friend’s name plus one more. The rest of the spaces on the ballot were blank for write-ins. THIS right here is why we have lost control of our government. Nobody is showing up to the table. 

I’ve said it before. Every seat on every board in every community is important. If we are not showing up, we are ceding control of our communities, our states, and our nation to those who may not share our interests. 

… and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Excerpt from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. 

Nobody realized how important their local school board was until they found out they were indoctrinating our children with racist content, hate and age inappropriate sexually explicit material. Nobody realized the control they have given up until school boards began having parents arrested for speaking out about non-educational content, boards covering up sexual assaults and teachers sexually grooming students. 

Nobody cared about planning commissions and zoning boards until they realized these were the people responsible for making sure no firearms or ammunition retailers could operate in their cities and towns. Nobody noticed they had rewritten the bureaucratic processes against the small business lifeblood of the community until they learned there is no way for them to fairly appeal a board decision. Nobody thought their local town or city council was important until they found out they were implementing their own nonsense gun control ordinances, while at the same time handcuffing and defunding local law enforcement. 

While most people pay attention to the national political puppet show, they tend to ignore the state and local levels, not realizing the actions of these legislative bodies impact their day-to-day lives more than national level politics do. 

An article I recently read tried to explain that because Republicans are more focused on families and religious activities, they tend to not get into political or civic offices as much as Democrats. The explanation seemed to backhandedly imply Democrats were godless, family haters as opposed Republicans. Not exactly what I’d call a logical political theory, but we definitely have a problem with conservative voices showing up. 

I believe a more rational explanation is that more conservatives / Republicans share a Ron Swanson (Parks & Recreation) view of government. Government should be as small and as limited as possible. Period. 

A Ron Swanson view of government: “My idea of a perfect government is one guy who sits in a small room at a desk, and the only thing he’s allowed to decide is who to nuke. The man is chosen based on some kind of IQ test, and maybe also a physical tournament, like a decathlon.”

The problem with this approach is without representation from all points of view, only the people who are actively trying to shred our Constitution and Bill of Rights and transform our country into their utopian socialist nation are in the government and making decisions for the rest of us. 

To quote The West Wing; “Decisions are made by those who show up.” 

The good news is conservative voices are now fighting their way back to the table. Responsible, concerned parents are reclaiming their school boards. Conservative members of the communities are recovering seats on local and county boards. But while there is success and momentum in the right direction, it is also a time to be cautious. 

Lifelong Democrats are registering as Republicans for local, state and federal posts. Funded by the Democratic Party, they are put in as spoilers to siphon off votes for actual Republican candidates. If they do win, they vote as Democrats. In some areas, the Democrats are hand selecting their Republican opponents. The local liberal press then run stories about how they are “the only Republican who can beat X”. Of course, they are the candidates who have absolutely zero chance of beating anyone, but it keeps viable candidates out of the race. The lesson to learn here is to get to know who is running. 

Who is the best candidate? It’s someone you already know. It’s your neighbor, your friend, your local business employee or owner, or maybe it’s that person you see in the mirror every single morning. 

Not everyone has the time and inclination to serve, but I’d rather have someone who is willing to take on a position and serve their community for a short period of time than someone looking for the entrance ramp to the swamp. 

Remember, the best way to stop unconstitutional laws is to prevent them from being enacted in the first place.  It’s time to fill that ballot with people who will represent YOU. 

Yes, it does matter who you vote for. 

Bob

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