Comedian and frequent Obama supporter Chris Rock showed up on Capitol Hill Wednesday to champion the president’s gun control agenda. It’s unclear whether or not President Obama supports the second amendment, or thinks guns should be banned (to some extent at least), but Rock apparently thinks it’s our job to listen to the daddy-in-chief.
During this morning’s press conference, Chris Rock said:
I am just here to support the President of the United States. President of the United States is our boss, but he is also... you know, the President and the First Lady are kinda like the Mom and the Dad of the country. And when your Dad says something you listen, and when you don't it will usually bite you on the ass later on. So, I’m here to support the President.
Well ok then. Apparently Chris missed the day in school when they taught about the executive branch of the government. The president is not the boss, the American people are. We’re the ones that hired him, by voting for him. It’s not often people go around hiring their own bosses.
The whole system was set up to defend against a boss-like rulership, otherwise known as a monarchy. George Washington refused the title of King, because he knew that that method of government did not allow for the ultimate freedom of individual citizens.
As for the ‘dad’ comment? Pfffft. I’m sorry, I thought I was an adult, responsible for my own decision-making, and not a child to be managed or controlled. Yes, the office of the presidency should be respected, but that doesn’t translate into imbecilic obedience. Parents make rules for their children because they know what’s best for them, and are still developing tools and skills to figure out their own minds on things. Eventually we all grow up (well, some of us do), just because the president says something, doesn’t mean we need to go along with it.
That’s why we have those other two branches of government. The president can not decree something and make it so -- he has to get it passed in a laborious process through two houses of congress. Even if the thing passes, the people can still challenge it in the court system. I believe these are called checks and balances, Mr. Rock.
If celebrities are going to get involved in politics, they should at least know what the heck they’re talking about.
How do you view the president’s role in our government?
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