Dear Senators Clinton, Obama, and McCain:
It has come to my attention that you are running for the office of President of the United States and one of you will be elected to that office in the near future.
During your campaigns, I have heard you list so-called problems the nation is facing and listened to your attacks on the individual holding the office you presently seek for not solving these problems. In speeches and debates you have asserted that if elected, you, as President of the United States, will enact legislation to solve every problem known to mankind. I may be over 220 years old and my text has been ignored and misconstrued over the years, but I do not recall giving the President of the United States any legislative power.
As you know, I established 3 independent branches of government -- legislative, executive, and judicial. My text defines and limits the powers of each branch. If you will consult your copy of me, after removing the dust, you will note, after reviewing Article I, Section 1 that - "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."
The last time I checked, the President is not a member of the legislative branch of government - but you are. That means you, as a member of the Senate, write the laws - not the President. After you and your fellow members of Congress write and pass a law, Article I, Section 7, Clause 2 of my text requires the President to sign or reject (veto) your proposed legislation. I gave you, the Congress, the power to over-ride any presidential veto. Thus, you and your fellow members of Congress have the power to enact legislation without the approval of the President.
Where have you been the past 7 years? Congress, not the President, has the power and duty to enact the legislation that will solve the problems you complain about. Assuming, that is, I vested the federal government with the constitutional authority to legislate in that area. But that is another letter for a different day. I will send it to you very soon.
You will recall that as a condition of becoming a United States Senator, you took an oath to support me and you are bound by that oath pursuant to Article VI of my text. Your distortions of my text to the American people in the name of power shows that your oath was an empty promise.
The people who wrote me viewed virtue and character to be essential components for the office of President of the United States. Your misrepresentations of system of limited government established by me and the power I vest in a President brings your character into serious question. If you are elected to office, you will be required, pursuant to Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 of my text to - "swear (or affirm) that (you) will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of (your) Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Your constant pandering to the American people in exchange for votes, irrespective of whether the power you discuss is vested in the federal government or the office of the President has me concerned. How can you preserve, protect and defend me, if elected, when you are promising to violate me before ever taking office?
Very Truly Yours,
for the United States of America
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