Debate 2


Before talking about the debate in Saint Louis I still ask the question: "HAS AMERICA becoming Politically Inept?", does the media side of politics move us away from the real question of governing and getting a job done.
Moral values are important (even very important) but when a campaign only spends its time to dig skeletons out of the closet this is crazy.
This debate like the first one both candidates keeps using the term "what I will do".
During the last 8 years I have never heard more talk about not what "I WILL DO", but "THAT THE SENATE ISN'T DOING THEIR JOB".


Constitutional Duties of the

President of the United States

 By Greg Rushford

The President of the United States has specific responsibilities laid out by the U.S. Constitution. 
In the age of television monitoring, however, the media tends to overemphasize the self-imposed presidential duties carried out in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

Here are the constitutional duties of the presidency:

  • Serving as commander-in-chief: Under the Constitution, the president is the commander-in-chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, as well as of “the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual service of the United States” — in other words, the National Guard.

The president does not have the power to declare war (that was left for Congress), but considering that the last formal declaration of war was in 1942, modern presidents certainly haven’t shied away from exercising their powers as commander-in-chief.

  • Carrying out legislation: As the head of the executive branch of the federal government, the President is responsible for ensuring that all the nation’s laws are “faithfully executed.” In other words, the President carries out the legislation enacted by Congress but cannot initiate legislation himself.

While constitutionally speaking the president is empowered only to sign or veto legislation that Congress sends to his desk, presidents have in recent years become more assertive in interpreting legislation through the use of signing statements. These statements often object to the provisions of a particular law on constitutional grounds and instruct executive branch officials how to implement the legislation according to the President’s interpretation.

  • Setting foreign policy: The president sets the foreign policy of the United States and in that regard has the authority, “by and with the consent of the Senate” (as indicated by the concurrence of two-thirds of the senators present), to make treaties.

  • Appointing key personnel: Subject to Senate confirmation, the president appoints ambassadors, justices of the Supreme Court, and “all other Officers of the United States.”

  • Presenting the State of the Union: The Constitution instructs the president “from time to time to give to the Congress information on the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

The Constitution does not require the president to deliver these reports in person. In fact, the vast majority of State of the Union reports have been delivered in written form. More recently, of course, the State of the Union speech has become a primetime television event, complete with televised opposition party response and selected special guests in the gallery featured by the President.

  • Pardoning felons: Per the Constitution, the president also can choose to pardon felons, or even to preemptively pardon people who have not been convicted of any crime.

President Gerald Ford took this latter step when pardoning President Richard Nixon for any crimes that he may have committed. Perhaps the most sweeping pardon of all was President Andrew Johnson’s pardon of soldiers who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

The president also has many self-imposed duties — some of the most enjoyable being throwing out the first baseball on opening day of the major league season, hosting hundreds of kids at the White House Easter Egg Roll, and pardoning the White House Thanksgiving turkey. He’s also on hand for more solemn occasions, be it a funeral for a prominent American public figure or the aftermath of a natural disaster.

In fact, much of what the president does today is self-imposed. Nothing in the Constitution says he must light the White House Christmas tree or even get involved in the nitty-gritty details of legislating. But the reality of today’s presidency is that it’s an all-encompassing role, and the personalities driven to run for president do not shy away from imposing themselves in all arenas once in office.

Debate 2

The debate style was a "Town hall meeting ". The candidates had the chance to sit, walk around or stand their ground.   

This time they didn't even shack hands.
After the first question, which I give credit to Hillary for answering; Donald only jumped on "OBAMA CARE" no answer to the question.
By the way I don't agree with the term "OBAMA CARE" it is the "
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" and it is the remodeled version of a health program voted by congress.

Moderators: Martha and Anderson quickly got to the question about "Trump recorded conversation about women in 2005" maybe they were afraid that they would loss there audience.
Donald said this is c
ommon "locker room talk" when a 54 year old man says: "He can walk up to a woman and "grab her or kiss her", and “grab her in the pussy”. and says they “let you do it” when you’re a “star” like Trump is. this is a sexual assault.
Then we go on with the sex war what Bill said or did or what Donald said or did.
  Then we go to the e-mails and then to ISIS.

After about 15 minutes the next question did get thru. I think Donald was very upset with the moderators. Donald told Hillary you can be the first to answer  the question about health care.
Hillary wants to improve the existing.
  Donald wants to replace.
Donald said he had a solution to have a better system and it wouldn't cost anything because of the competition done by assurance companies. If I remember this is what existed before, the only problem is that you had to be healthy enough to be assured and could afford the cost.

The next question was about the fear of being Muslim America today. Donald idea is that the neighbors should observe and control what's going on in their neighborhood. He talked about 9/11 and Obama, maybe he forgot that George was President at that time.
Hillary had another view saying she had worked with Muslims and other minority groups in the past and the only solution is to work together.

I like the idea but, when Barrack became President many hoped that this was the start of a new period. My travels in the south since 2008 hasn't seen much changes, everyone seems to respecting the
I hope when Hillary was talking about working together she meant not because it is a legal right but because the people want it.
The flaw, if it's related to respecting each other and not the law it isn't the government job, only the American people can do this.

We know that Donald is strong because he would force countries to take back their people by force I don't see diplomacy in that type of remark.

When the question about taxes came up Donald said he was lowering the taxes (he forgot to say who's taxes) and that Hillary would raise the taxes (again he didn't say for who).

Question would you be devoted president for "all the people"
Donald talked about turn the inter cites around bring job back.
Donald said we have a divide nation which I agree but as Hillary said, Donald has been helping that division since the beginning of the presidentially campaign and she brought up
"The Trump Effect" . very important.

Question about Supreme Court judges, Hillary said that some of Donald's selections would completely reverse the rights for women, LGBT and maybe even civil rights.  Many in his list have questioned abortion rights. But here again we see that it isn't one person that decided because it must be approved by the senate.
Hillary brought up
"Citizens United" and the problem Barrack is having to elect a Supreme Court judge to replace the late Judge Scalia. (because of the senate)
About contributions Donald said I will put 100 million dollars of my money into the Republican Party. Well, I was always wondering what the future of the Republican Party was; now I know Donald just bought it. I have the idea what Donald was trying to get across is only millionaires should have the right to run the country. I feel sorry for "Poor old Abe".

Next we went on to energy policy and environment cleanliness. 
Donald, talked about coal and the problem for coal miners (coal
generates half of the electricity in the United States and will likely continue to do so as long as it's cheap and plentiful) and about China dumping vast amounts of steel all over America the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA putting companies out of business (this is true because new EPA rule on greenhouse gases was a hard blow to King Coal) today America has to admit that they are part of the world and not the world. Some figures: in total Primary Energy consumption the USA consumption is far above that of China, India, Russia, Japan (all large industrialized countries) and more than 90 times that of (average industrialized countries). Hillary confirmed that china is illegally dumping steel in the USA, and Donald is taking advantage of that to build his buildings. We are energy independent today and we must stay that way, prices of energy have gone down that includes coal prices and that the Middle East still fix the prices of energy today. Also we must respect the environment.

The last question: The last question, is there something that you respect in one another?
Hillary, I respect his children.
Donald, I respect her because she is a fighter.

They did shake hands at the end of the debate.

Donald always attacked Hillary about during her 30 years in politics she hadn't done this or that. Again my remark, she was a member of the government she wasn't the government.
If Donald thinks one person can make key decision,
he doesn't know the difference between democracy and autocracy.