TO THE EDITOR: Two presidential candidates are competing for a job that has 13 specific duties and powers, spelled out in Article I and II of the constitution. They include:
1. Signs or rejects (vetoes) all legislation passed by Congress.
2. Is the Commander and Chief of the military forces of the United States.
3. Requests opinions, from the principle officer of any federal executive department, concerning their duties.
4. Can grant Reprieves or Pardons.
5. Makes treaties (with foreign nations) with the advice and consent of the Senate.
6. Nominates for office, with the advice and consent of the Senate, Ambassadors, Public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all of the Officers of the United States.
7. Can fill vacancies (which occur when the Senate is in recess and unavailable to confirm an appointment).
8. Gives Congress information from time to time, on the State of the Union, and recommends to Congress, for their consideration, such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.
9. Can convene both houses of congress on extraordinary occasions.
10. Receives Ambassadors and other public ministers.
11. Takes care that all (federal) laws are executed.
12. Commissions all officers of the United States.
13. Nominates a Vice President in the event there is a vacancy in the office of the vice president.
A president has no constitutional authority over children, education family values or any other social issues they constantly debate. The legislative and war-making powers are vested exclusively in congress, not the president. Bills raising taxes must originate in the House of Representatives, not the White House.
"(The founders) knew the constitution alone could not restrain the power lusts of certain types and warned that we needed eternal vigilance, but they could only give us the constitution, not the vigilance. Alas!" --Robert Anton Wilson,