What to Know About Voting for the President
I’m pretty sure most of us have felt like we’re at a crossroads when it comes to voting for a President. We hear several different things such as: “Vote by party.” Or we’ll hear: “Vote principle over party” (while wondering what that may exactly mean). And then there’s the most famous one: “Vote for the lesser of two evils.” It’s enough to make a person throw their hands up in the air and forget it all together. Unfortunately, some do! But as I’ve been continuing in The Principle Approach®(1), I’ve been learning key things to consider when voting. Here’s what to know about when voting for the President of the United States of America. And Lord willing, this will help keep our nation as a Federal Constitutional Representative Republic.
Candidates Won’t Be Perfect
You and I aren’t perfect either.
But guess what, that’s not a qualification to be the President.
Quality character may be confused with either perfection or popularity. However, this isn’t the case.
We must keep in mind:
- Morals—this word may be interchanged with the word choice. What do we know of the morals/choices the individual makes?
- Everyone has a past, but what fruit do we see in the life of the individual today?
- Quality Character has specific traits and it has a contrasting principle. You can learn of the Ten Things About Quality Character You Need to Know by going here. And then ask yourself how you see these traits in the individual you’re considering voting for. Making a list may be helpful.
President of the United States of America, Not President of the People
As you become familiar with the traits of quality character, you’ll need to break some things down:
- Is the individual showing that he/she is teachable?
- What are the quality character traits of the individuals he/she chooses to surround his/herself with?
- What evidence is there of personal growth?
- Is the individual’s personality something that sways you in one direction or the other with your vote? Some are more polished in their presentation and speech. But remember that this don’t necessarily mean that the individual is on mission with protecting America’s form of government.
- Are you judging a book by its cover?
A big hang up can be personality which equates popularity in the eyes of many voters. Let’s be 100% clear on the definition of personality, using Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:
PERSONAL’ITY, noun That which constitutes an individual a distinct person, or that which constitutes individuality. 1. Direct application or applicability to a person.
Understand, the Office of the President isn’t about a popularity contest with the people. His/her role is to carry out the executive function of this specific Office. And it’s highly important that he/she respects and upholds the following:
- The President is a “role of one” (like a Monarchy is a role of one). The POTUS must uphold the Constitution and our form of government which is a Federal Constitutional Representative Republic. Note: The United States of America is NOT a democracy, a democratic-republic, nor a representative democracy.
What It Means To Be A Constitutional Representative Republic
We are endlessly fed the misconception (or lie) that our nation is a democracy of some sort. But we’re not!
Within our framework as a Constitutional Federal representative Republic we have three branches of government:
- Executive Branch
- Judicial Branch
- Legislative Branch
A Picture of the Three Branches of Our Republic
I promise this isn’t a rabbit trail. I’ll wrap this back around to the importance of a candidate for POTUS.
Executive Branch: This is like a Monarchy because in the sense that it’s a role of one (IF it derails, it becomes Tyranny). But we wouldn’t say that the United States of America is a Monarchy. That’s not true or correct.
Judicial Branch: This is like an Aristocracy in the sense that it’s a rule of few (IF it derails, it becomes Oligarchy). But we wouldn’t say that the United States of America is an Aristocracy. That’s not true or correct.
Legislative Branch: This is like a Democracy in the sense that it’s a rule of many. BUT we’re not a full Democracy because we have the Principle of Representation (IF democracy derails, it becomes Anarchy). So, we wouldn’t say that the United States of America is a Democracy. Because it’s not any truer than calling our nation a Monarchy or an Aristocracy.
About That Principle of Representation
The use of the term Democracy: is it a tomayto/tomahto issue?
While we have the Principle of Representation, it has zero to do with personal preference or selfish whims of the Representatives or the voters. Always, legislation is to fall in line with the 7 Basic Principles of America’s Form of Government (in bold below):
- Individuality (the counter to it is Collectivism)
- Self-Government (the counter to it is Manipulation)
- Quality Character (the counter to it is Degradation of Character)
- Private Property (the counter to it is Socialism)
- Biblical/American Form of Government (the counter to it is Globalism)
- Local Authority (the counter to it is Centralization)
- Liberty (the counter to it is Social Engineering)
How the Principle of Representation Matters for the Role of POTUS
You likely know how a bill becomes a law. Once legislation makes it to the desk of the POTUS, he/she can pass or veto a bill. Therefore, key things to listen for when choosing to elect a President are if he/she will pass legislation or veto legislation according to America’s Principles of Government. I cannot emphasize enough how important this is in order to restore and keep our Federal Constitutional Representative Republic because it’s what makes us function as one.
The President and the Function of the Executive Branch
In Article II of the Constitution of the United States of America, we learn that one of the functions of the President is to protect our nation.
Not the whole world.
In Article II, Section 3 we learn that part of that looks like this:
“He shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.”
The laws of the United States of America are what he/she is to protect—not the laws of other nations.
The concerns of the United States of America are what he/she is to guard—not the concerns of other nations.
If the POTUS were to put laws and such of other nations over the care of our own nation, then our nation would slowly to take on the identity of other nations. But each nation is unique in its purpose and function. To do otherwise would be to suffer an identity crisis as a nation. In order to restore and maintain and restore our Federal Constitutional Representative Republic, we must vote for a President by seeing to it that:
- He/she understands and vows to function within the Constitutional guidelines of the POTUS’ role
- That the 7 basic founding principles of our nation are honored and upheld
- The interest of our nation as a Constitutional Representative Republic is the top priority.
It’s Not Selfish or Evil to Guard Our Nation
When our nation’s history is accurately taught—the cause-to-effect of her founding that is—then we see what a blessing we have. Because of the Bible Principles upon which our nation is founded, we have liberty. Keep in mind that our nation is one of the most free places on earth. It will only remain this way if we function within our form and principles as a nation.
Again, the liberty we have is because of Biblical principles it’s founded upon. And each branch must function within our framework.
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