The People Are The Problem

Most of the time I don't really care who the American president is, and neither should you. It's always been an important job, but its occupant was never meant to be Captain America or Leader Of The Free World.
Our president is not supposed to create new policies except in an emergency; the task of setting the national agenda belongs to Congress. Presidential power was originally restricted to running the government and serving as Commander-in-Chief during times of war.
Our first president, rest his soul, didn't enjoy his time in office and is probably appalled at how the American people have turned the presidency into a personality-driven media show. George Washington rejected the hero worship shown to him during his days as a living legend, and he warned of the danger that comes from giving too much power and having too much faith in any one person.
And that's what we've done. We've surrendered power in a creeping process that started early and has grown steadily over the 24 decades that Americans have been governing themselves. We turned the president into America's CEO, which hasn't worked out very well for anybody lately – except for the ultra-rich, but things usually turn out well for those folks even when everyone else suffers.
The president needs to be a skilled manager of people, someone who can steer a clear path through the inevitable bureaucracy that governments create. A president must make military decisions, so the ability to consult with experts and make the right call is a crucial skill.
As our representative to the world, the president's conduct also serves as a role model for all Americans. Your statements need to match your behavior when you represent a nation.
That's about as far as the job description goes. But today, the White House occupant is expected to be all things to all people. That's not possible, and our unreal expectations might be the biggest flaw in modern politics. The Senate is weak because we elect politicians instead of visionaries; the House is in chaos because we elect partisans instead of representatives.

We are the real problem. We vote poorly, we vote seldom or we don't bother to vote at all. When we do vote, we choose people for their personalities instead of their abilities. As a consequence, we get exactly what we deserve...
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