Just in care you missed, the beginning of this series of posts starts with my preamble,
The past few weeks, I dissected the Republican and Democratic Party Platforms.
Just so I can keep everything straight, I put the information into a simple chart, like I would for corporate goals. This is also the way CoCo’s Individual Education Plans got laid out, too. Pretty easy to understand; I think: We will______________ by_____________ so that______________ happens. I added a column for how the action will be financed, too. Sadly that’s pretty empty.
You can find my other installments here:
Installment #1: It’s all about the Jobs and the Economy
Installment #2: The Democrats and Principled Centered Leadership
Installment #3: The Republicans and the Constitution
Installment #4: The Democrats and Bringing Americans Together
Installment#5: Health, Education, and Safety
Installment #6: The Environment
1. Chief of State
This role requires a president to be an inspiring example for the American people. As the American Chief of State, the president is a living symbol of the nation. It is considered a great honor for any citizen to shake the president’s hand.
2. Chief Executive
The president is the “boss” for millions of government workers in the Executive Branch. He or she decides how the laws of the United States are to be enforced and chooses officials and advisors to help run the Executive Branch.
3. Chief Diplomat
The president decides what American diplomats and ambassadors shall say to foreign governments. With the help of advisors, the president makes the foreign policy of the United States.
The president is in charge of the U.S. Armed Forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. The president decides where troops shall be stationed, where ships shall be sent, and how weapons shall be used. All military generals and admirals take their orders from the president.
5. Legislative Leader
Only Congress has the actual power to make laws, but the Constitution gives the president power to influence Congress in its lawmaking. Presidents may urge Congress to pass new laws or veto bills that they do not favor.
6. Chief of Party
In this role, the president helps members of his or her political party get elected or appointed to office. The president campaigns for those members who have supported his or her policies. At the end of a term, the president may campaign for reelection.
7. Guardian of the Economy
In this role, the president is concerned with such things as unemployment, high prices, taxes, business profits, and the general prosperity of the country. The president does not control the economy, but is expected to help it run smoothly.
Just for the fun of it,
It’s so important to vote. Not just for President, but for Senators, Representatives, also all of your local and state offices. After all, the closer you get to home, the more personal the
three ring circus government becomes.
Early voting started this week for me. What about you? Have you voted yet?
*From Scholastica 1989, found on http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/seven-roles-one-president.