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Thought of the Day: “It is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.”

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“It is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.” – Douglas Adams

I believe this quote originally came from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy about the fictional Zaphod Beeblebrox, who not only was “two faced”, but actually had 2 heads. I saw it again today, in the Economist Espresso App, which has a quote of the day. Seeing the rise of Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, and formerly Silvio Berlusconi in Italy, the thoughts of Douglas Adams ring true.   The question is whether we will let them completely be true in the U.S. by making our country a “reality” TV show, or whether we will endeavor to more clearly see what reality is, with all its complexities, and make pragmatic choices to improve.

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May 11th, 2016 at 11:59 am

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  1. Don’t believe everything you read. Instead, reason for yourself. Unequivically, the President has these tremendous powers:

    1. The President creates and submits the Federal budget, meaning he can within reason choose to fund and defund whichever programs he chooses.

    2. The President appoints thousands of people into political positions either directly or indirectly, giving him even more power over the government by stacking it with his own allies. Joseph Stalin was only the mear secretary of the Communist Party, but used this same technique to gain complete control over Soviet government based on who he would hire or fire at a moment’s notice.

    3. The President can introduce legislation and new laws.

    4. The President can issue Executive Orders which in effect gives him dictitorial powers.

    5. The president has veto power over all new legislation, meaning nothing can be passed without his approval.

    6. The President nominates new members to the Supreme Court, making it impossible to ever have a new member that does not support his views.

    7. The President can issue press releases and call press conferences, and can speak to congress at any time he wants, giving him extraordinanry ability to sway both public opinion and insider political opinion.

    No other individual has all these powers rolled into one person. Clearly the president is the most powerful person in American politics. Period.

    The Ghost of Lou Reed

    15 May 16 at 11:16 am

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