The U.S. Vice President is, it seems, a part of the Legislative Branch and not the Executive Branch of the United States government. A vote on Nov. 4 for John McCain as Commander in Chief of our military is a concomitant vote for Sarah Palin as President of the Senate. Let us imagine and grasp this opportunity.
Article I of the U.S. Constitution describes the powers and prerogatives of the legislature, House of Representatives and Senate, and Article III contains the only reference in the Constitution to the Vice President’s powers and prerogatives.
Article III states, in pertinent part: "The vice president of the United States shall be President of the Senate but, shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.
The Senate shall chuse [sic] their other officers and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence [sic] of the Vice President or when he [sic] shall exercise the Office of President of the United States."
Presidents preside. President: a position of authority. Preside: to guide, direct, control.
As President of the Senate, Mrs. Palin will preside over the Senate. The President of the Senate is not a potted plant.
Mrs. Palin, elected governor of Alaska, and formerly elected Mayor of Wasilla, the chief executive of Wasilla, an Anchorage suburb of 7,000, is clearly qualified for the role of governor of the Senate of 100. She has demonstrated competence and capability while governing the largest state in the union geographically, an energy state of 650,000 residents having confronted the entrenched establishment elites of Republicans and their crony capitalists in oil and gas industry. She enjoys a popularity rating of close to 82 percent among the electorate of Alaska. She has demonstrated real world leadership and is clearly qualified to govern 100 Senators and their staff. How much harder could it be?
IMAGINE Ms. Palin, as President of the Senate, exercising the powers as defined in the Constitution
The practical effect: Intense, quintessentially American, political drama.
The Senate is now evenly split 49 Republicans and 49 Democrats, with Independent-minded Democrat Joe Lieberman and independent-minded Socialist Bernie Saunders of Vermont caucusing with the Democrats to enable Harry Reid to be Majority Leader. The GOP has to defend 23 seats in November and the Dems 12. With those odds, the Dems are dreaming of picking up enough seats to reach a de facto filibuster-proof majority of 60 with the assistance of RINOs like Maine’s Olympia Snowe.
IMAGINE the unprecedentedly, independent Vice President of the United States, Sarah Palin, sitting above all of them as President of the Senate; defending the citizenry from the abuses of power and privilege. The ensuing drama of American Freedom will undoubtedly involve the clash of the two visions of America: the vision embraced by Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama and the Career Elites, Establishment Elites, self-centered, Olympian "know it all", pretentious "fancy pants" telling what is best for us, making our decisions for us, telling us how to spend our money, phonies, all of them, career politicians, career staffers, career lobbyists, and above them all, the vision of Ms. Palin, independent of the status quo Moose Hunter from Wasilla, Alaska, winking at us, over the heads of those Elites. Ms. Palin will be uniquely positioned to advance the conservative vision of FREEDOM.
Sens. Obama and Clinton will be among those upon whom she looks down upon from the dais as the President of the Senate. Both will be running for President of the United States in 2012 (Mr. McCain will likely serve only one term).
Another word for crisis and danger is opportunity. We have an historical opportunity.
IMAGINE. On Nov. 4, vote for Ms. Palin for President of the Senate and vote for John McCain for the Commander-in-Chief of America’s Armed Forces.
Bob Guzzardiis a political activist with an office in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and is president of The Conservative Reform Network. He can be contacted at [email protected].