What makes George Bush think he can do whatever he wants?
When he was elected for the first time, in 2004, to his second term, many people polled suggested that they voted for him based on his “values.” Does this mean that the President can act as the moral compass for the country?
I say no, and here’s why:
First of all, that’s conjecture based on polling. And true, that probably is why he sees it in his mandate, but as a matter of job description, that’s not part of it. He is meant to enforce the laws and uphold the constitution. “Moral compass” is not in the oath of office.
Second of all, it’s bad leadership to only lead those who elected him. In fact, I voted for him despite his morality and “values.” Where is my President? And he’s also President to the half of the country that didn’t vote for him. Do their feelings on the “morality” in question get disregarded?
Finally, nevermind for a minute that he isn’t upholding the laws (signing statements? if at all legal, which is questionable, shady as hell) or defending the constitution (wiretapping?) we’re also talking about a mandate from 2.5 years ago. If he believes he is doing the will of the people, then why doesn’t he do the current will of the people? He’s not. Polling shows that a majority of the country thinks the government should fund stem cell research, congress voted to authorize it (probably because they were doing the will of their constituents) and the President vetoed it. He’s doing what he, personally, thinks is right. That’s not leadership, and it’s not part of his job description. President is not a religious position. If any of the President’s “morality” is born of his religious conviction (for instance, “life begins at conception” is distinctly religious idea) then it should be discounted.