On Hillary and Article II of the Constitution

Section 1. The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected . . . 



The President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the United States, or any of them.


Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”


Section 2. The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.


He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States, whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by law: but the Congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.


The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session.


Section 3. He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.


My comments:  

It seems that there are a lot of masculine pronouns in Article II.  I didn’t write the U.S. Constitution, but it would seem that the writers intended for the President to be a male.

Just FYI, I generally do prefer males as leaders, although I do think Margaret Thatcher did about as well as anyone in recent history as P.M. of Great Britain. 

However, C.S. Lewis once posed the following question in relation to marriage and male or female leadership:

If your dog bit the neighbor’s small child, would you rather go talk to the injured child’s mother or the injured child’s father?

I think most people would prefer to talk with the child’s father – I know I would.

Regardless of any personal preference (and, all things considered, I do prefer Hillary as the slightly lesser of three evils between Obama, McCain and her), the Constitution would appear to allow only men to be President.  I didn’t write it.  If the writers did intend to specifically pre-empt women from being President, then we would need to have an Amendment to the Constitution in order to have a female president.  I have no objection to the amendment, but it apparently needs to be done to be “kosher”.

I still intend to vote for Ron Paul in November – whether he’s on the ballot or not.

Published in: on May 20, 2008 at 6:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

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