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Notes from a Vagabond

It doesn’t say in the Constitution . . .

By Steve Fox

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

With those 35 words, we will have a new president next January. I think it would behoove us as voters to look to the oath of office and the Constitution when deciding who to vote for. I think it’s important to see what the oath doesn’t say as much as what it does say.

Being the campaign season, I am hearing a lot of rhetoric from all candidates. We are hearing about hope and change and health plans and war and the economy. Really, how much power does the president have in these matters? I assert that if our leaders are following the Constitution, very little.

Change — there is nothing the president can do to make change, at least within the boundaries of the Constitution. He can’t amend the Constitution, he can’t make law. He is limited in power to only enforce the laws passed by congress.

Complete Column in Albion News Print Edition.