THE MOST IMPORTANT THING A PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE CAN DO, IS TO MAKE OUR REPRESENTATIVE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WORK AS WELL AS IT CAN.

Today's congress is far too partisan.

The Founding Fathers understood that it is not possible to please all the people all the time. Their solution was a representative form of government with power divided into three branches able to moderate and compromise our differences.

Although each President over the last sixty years has used more executive orders, it is not a desirable way to govern. When we hold an election in this country, we do not elect a King but rather a government representative of the people. A government of the people, by the people, for the people.

A President should lead by word and example, and should govern with the needs of all the people in mind.

We are all aware of the outsized influence of money in politics. Our constitution guarantees the right of freedom of speech and expression to everyone. The nation is also founded on the belief that all are created equal. I cannot believe that the Founding Fathers intended that wealth could be used to amplify some voices above all the others.

Every person in public office will be subject to both good press and bad press. The best leaders try to be as factual and forthright as possible and trust the American people to sort out the truth.

LATEST FROM JOHN:

  • LaBoyteaux–Dear President Elect Biden
    Congratulations on your election as the 46th president of the United States.  For me at least, our national nightmare is ending. The country remains deeply divided and you will need to make extraordinary efforts to bridge that divide.  You will need to engage and allow access and extra transparency to those who voted for Donald Trump.  You will need to inform, lead and encourage a national discussion about issues like climate change, energy and immigration. Every president for the last 50 or more years has used more executive orders.  It is not a good way to govern.  Your most important job is to make our democratic system of government work as well as it can.  Sometimes you need to start with the deepest concerns from the opposite side of the aisle. We need a secure boarder with Mexico and we should not admit large numbers of refugees from Central America by reason of asylum.  But we certainly need to end the cruelty and bunker mentality.  We need to do all we can through foreign […]
  • LaBoyteaux–Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself
    First some great thoughts from Dolly Parton this morning.  https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/16/entertainment/dolly-parton-divided-america/index.html  Trust Dolly to be pretty sensible.  Looking forward to that Christmas album. Two greater men than I have told us we have Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself.  Plenty to be afraid of these days, Covid-19,  jobs and the economy, fear that almost daily violence in some cities will spread more widely and the general  rancor, division and hatred in the country. We have just had an election with the largest turnout in the nation’s history, an affirmation of our democracy.  There is no indication of systemic or widespread fraud.  We are all Americans.  Only you can know, when you stepped into the voting booth or posted your ballot, whether you voted because of fear or in hope of a better future. Need to get on with the transition.  I’ll have some thoughts in my next post for President Elect Biden.   […]
  • LaBoyteaux 2020–Eight More Days
    I FULLY ENDORSE JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS. Vote now, to be sure your vote will count! God Bless America!         […]
  • LaBoyteaux 2020–Willful Negligence
    Over 80,000 new Coronavirus cases yesterday, the highest daily total ever ….. and now over 220,000 deaths.  Exposure and transmission increases as people spend more time indoors with Fall and Winter weather.  Trump knew how serious this could be back in February. He had all the scientific information from the best medical experts.  It cannot be ignorance, slow brain or anything but willful negligence.  He continues to promote a false normality and encourage behavior which will spread this disease.  Now he tries to distract us by once again changing the subject, to Joe Biden’s position on oil and climate change. My position on energy is as follows.  We need to produce somewhat more oil, gas and coal than the country consumes in order to maintain energy independence and keep fuel prices reasonable for average consumers.   Simultaneously we need to move as quickly as possible to non-polluting renewable energy.  Renewable energy is already an industry.  We need to build it […]
  • Smoke on the Water
    So many people all across this country doing their best to limit the spread of Covid-19, waitresses wearing masks and gloves, sanitizing tables, cooks and kitchen workers being tested almost daily, plexiglass shields at sales counters, but in most states the numbers are ticking up as Fall comes on.  Meanwhile our President refuses to wear a mask, ridicules Joe Biden for wearing one, holds indoor rallies, disregards the advice of Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx and Dr. Redmond, dinks around the the CDC guidelines, and recruits a quack Dr. Atlas to the virus task force.  Over 200,000 people have died and continue to die. President Trump cares only about himself and his political future.  So unnecessary, so disgusting, a complete lack of moral leadership. Meanwhile, Bob Woodward says the election and our democracy are teetering as President Trump, trailing in the polls, attacks the election process itself.  The Congress could speak out here, affirming mail in voting, protecting the polling places […]