I think after I finish my degree in Criminal Justice, I may, perhaps, spend some time studying government. It's always been my least favorite subject, and maybe that's why I don't seem to understand it. I'm 46 years young, and have never really understood our government and it's relationship to the people and our way of life. One would think that after 8 years in an intelligence organization, I'd know more about things like this. But, I have to be honest. I just don't get it.
I don't get why, no matter who our president is, everything that is going wrong is his fault. I thought I understood that the President has a staff of advisors, and that even though he is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, he has senior military officials advising. Those same advisors, be they generals or strategic warfare experts advise the current President on certain intelligence information. Things are discussed, and decisions are made based on the information at hand. The same group of advisors may give the advice of that time to 2 or 3 presidents in a row.
Is it the signature? Is that all he's there for?
If I was a manager in charge of a company, and the company was broken down into various units such as Human Resources, manufacturing, distribution, finance, etc, I would make my decisions based on the reports I'm given about the current affairs within the company. Project Managers, department heads, and my executive staff would be relaying information to me and we as a group would be discussing the next moves we should make for the benefit of the whole company. That information could , because of influences in the markets, competition, etc. change from the time the company's previous manager was in control and the time that I took over. That change, could bring about different decisions needing to be made. But I wouldn't be making those decisions until I was given the information from all of the people under me.
Looking at the President's position, I can honestly say, I wouldn't want the job. By the moves that huge corporations make around the globe, the economy is very highly affected. It doesn't seem to me like it matters who is in the big chair at the white house; those companies still make the same moves and the economy around the globe is still affected. It seems that the person sitting in that chair is very simply the fall-guy, and always has been.
I'm often asked, "which party do you favor? Democrats? or Republicans?" I usually answer, "oh whatever." The looks I get are that of, "You don't care?" I answer," yes I care very much. But not about titles and lables. I was a soldier in the United States Army, working to support 'We the People' and our freedom. To me, the President is very simply a coach. He either motivates society to act in a way that is good for everyone, or he fails to motivate. The better motivator he is, the better the outcome."
Maybe this is the wrong outlook. I didn't vote for our current President, but I support him. I supported the last President too. If our current President had lost, I'd support that one too.
I wonder, if any of us was in his seat, what we'd do differently. To say anything before we had the information that he has, in my opinion, would be foolish.
I love this country. I just wish that we could all operate as one big team in our quest for peace and forget the titles. Sure, every tribe wants a chief. Every herd wants a leader. Every hive wants a queen. But the rest of the team has to put in some effort too, or the machine won't work.
Who knows? Maybe someday I'll have a better grasp on how the government is supposed to function and what the President's job is. But, for now, I'll just have to focus on my education and try to win my own chess-game of life. Back to the books!
Be well all! And Be safe. It's a jungle out there!