Yes, it is a question that will have many rolling their eyes and saying things like “what a stupid question”. But is it really a stupid question and once again, “should a sitting president be allowed to campaign for re-election”?
Let’s look at the prospects of this coming General Election Cycle! President Barack Hussein Obama has been in the throws of his campaign for re-election for months. It has cost the taxpayers of this country hundreds of thousands of dollars for things like a bullet proof bus. Another expense is the extra security that “we” are paying for because of his cross country bus campaign tour.
This campaign will continue straight through November 2012. If we consider all of the incidentals that are necessary to protect, house, and feed not only Barack Obama, but the multitudes of necessary personnel to protect him, it totals into the millions of dollars before the final outcome will be decided in 2012. Please keep in mind that Obama is also receiving funds from supporters too!
Obama spent millions of dollars that was [donated] to his campaign for the 2008 election cycle. Yes, those folks, private or corporate, donated that money, it was not taxpayer money that Obama used to convince the people of this country that he was the only “hope and change” that was available.
All presidents have had the opportunity to campaign for re-election but, is that cost effective and fair for the competition, and, is it fair to the taxpayers and the other candidates?
Ask yourself these questions about (any sitting president), and see if this all makes sense:
- Do people who win the presidential election immediately begin their re-election campaign once they are sworn in? Answer: Yes, even though you and I don’t see it, it is being done and taxpayers are funding it.
- So, since they have had 4 years to “campaign” (after they are elected), whether you want to call it that or not, shouldn’t that have been enough time to prove to the people that they were sincere and honest in their campaign, and with promises that ran up to their victory? Answer: Yes, this is plenty of time to prove their point.
- Do presidential candidates lie and tell half truths during their campaign? Answer: Yes, all the time!
- Isn’t 4 years leading this country ample time to prove to the voters of this country that he/she is worthy of another 4 years. Yes, after 4 years of campaigning, if you’ve made a mess of things that should be proof enough that you don’t belong in the White House. And; if you have done a great job, kept America safe, kept your campaign promises (hahaha), stood up and withheld the Constitution of this great country, along with many other points, then you shouldn’t really need to campaign with taxpayers helping to fund your re-election.
In reality, the perfect president could just sit back in his chair in the Oval Office and smoke his pipe, cigar, or cigarettes, smile and say “I got it made”. The other side of that reality is that there have been few sitting presidents that would have been able to do that because very few have been that great.
My point is this:
If a sitting president does his/her job in a righteous way, doesn’t lie, doesn’t make decisions based on whether they are good for his/her re-election chances, keeps their campaign promises and doesn’t do anything stupid while in office, they are honest with the American people, they support our allies, and more; shouldn’t that be enough to prove to the American people that he/she IS THE person that needs to be representing this country?
Answer: Yes, if you do your job and do it well, why would you NEED to campaign for re-election?
I would really like to hear your “civil” input on this!