To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7, KJV)
WHY do we let liars dominate the stage? For there is no excuse when an occasion presents an opportunity to tell the truth.
The President “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union.” (Article II, Section 3) And every address is, or should be, a chance to renew the commitment to the goals set forth in the Preamble, that is, “to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity…” (Emphasis added)
As the President of the United States stands before a joint session sitting in the House of Representatives, a body whose majority has threatened to hold the economy hostage, he must execute a last resort and announce that, pursuant to Article VI, Clause 1 and Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as his duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed”—and the Constitution is the first law—he will raise the debt ceiling. (Article II, Section 3) Furthermore, he shall inform the Imperial Court, which will be present, that if they attempt to overrule him, he will paraphrase President Andrew Jackson and say, “Mr. Roberts, you have made your decision. Now go and enforce it.”
For those who think such action is outlandish, John Locke, in the Second Treatise of Civil Government, stated, “…(P)rerogative is nothing but the power of doing public good without a rule”; and his influence on the Founders was made clear by someone who attended the Convention. “Energy in the Executive is a leading character in the definition of good government….” And without it, Alexander Hamilton noted, there are consequences. “A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever it may be in theory, must be, in practice, a bad government.” (The Federalist Papers, No. 70) Thus, there are times when a President must use the full powers of the office, as JFK said, "all that are specified and some that are not."
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