Sunday, October 12, 2008

The VP does WHAT??

If you are going to run for office, a fundamental requirement would be to know what that office is.

Joe Biden was talking about the job of the VP, and he made it very clear that he doesn't understand what the Constitution says the job of the Vice President is.

Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history. The idea he doesn't realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.

And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, and as vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there's a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit.

The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he's part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive, and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous.

One should be careful when throwing around terms like "Bizarre".

The Constitution is indeed explicit about the role of the Vice President and about which branch of government the Vice President belongs to . Article II of the Constitution addresses the Executive Branch, not Article I. Maybe he should read the Constitution before spouting off foolishness about it. Article II Section 3 Clause 4 EXPLICITLY says that the Vice President is the President of the Senate. Feel free to look it up. That makes Dick Cheney and soon Sarah Palin both a part of the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch. Take that Cheney haters. The notion that the vice president can preside over the Senate only when there is a tie vote is simply wrong. Nor is it true that the only legislative involvement the vice president has is to break tie votes. The vice president is the president of the Senate, where he interprets the rules and can only be overriden by a vote of 60 Senators. In fact, there is a President pro tempore to fill in when the Vice President is absent. Thomas Jefferson spent his time in the Senate writing “A Manual of Parliamentary Practice: for the Use of the Senate of the United States.” In it he said: "Modern vice presidents may show up only when they think tie votes will occur, but that is their choice".

If you listen to the media, you would think that Joe Biden was a brilliant intellect with vast stores of knowledge. At least Sarah Palin can define the job she is asking us to vote her into.

Of course, we know what a vice president does. And that's not only to preside over the Senate and I will take that position very seriously also. I'm thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chooses to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president's policies and making sure too that our president understands what our strengths are.

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