for the consulship of America entreated the electorate with fulsome
promises that jobs would be created by them once (s)elected.
This goes unremarked or worse, openly cheered. Yet when did
it become the function of the president of the United States
to create jobs? I have read (and re-read) the Constitution
and can find no such language therein.
role of the president is to take care that the laws
be faithfully executed. To sign (or veto) legislation passed
by the Congress.
He has authority
to appoint cabinet members and ambassadors; to nominate candidates
for federal judgeships. He has a ceremonial role as head of state.
He is commander-in-chief of the armed forces, but has no power to
declare war or raise armies to fight them. He may grant pardons.
He does not
write laws much less create jobs. Such is not
within his purvue (magical abilities notwithstanding).
He is, constitutionally
speaking, an administrator not a lawgiver. Not, in
other words, a consul. Or a magician.
Well, he is
not supposed to be.
And yet, he
Worse, he is
expected to be.
To be (s)elected,
he cannot be otherwise.
the broad masses want him to create jobs.
They expect this; demand it. They regard it as his
primary function. They want him, in other words, to be a sort of
paterfamilias who miraculously provides things for them.
Who more or less wishes these things into existence hey!
Make it so.
And gibs me dat.
Fans of the
old Gilligans Island TV show may remember the Little
Dictator episode. El Presidente Pancho Hernando Gonzales
Enrico Rodriguez of the banana republic Ecuarico is marooned on
the island. He convinces Gilligan to become his puppet. There is
a hilarious scene that has Gilligan standing on a balcony overlooking
a vast, seething crowd of gibs-me-dats. And so tells tells them:
I give you This, That and The Other Thing.
Cue wild cheers.
This was funny in 1966. It is not so funny today.
make a perfect candidate for el presidente of modern
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