For Ruben… Taking My New Vice President to School

So in discussing some topics for what people want to learn I stipulated that the topics had to be something that the people wanted to learn about in the political world, as opposed to trying to understand the illogical minds of far left liberals. Because this blog is about people getting involved in politics and understanding the issues. Then Ruben reminded me that perhaps the one who needs to understand politics the most might be our new Vice President, who doesn’t quite seem to know exactly what this new job he is taking is all about…..

Obviously we are talking about the esteemed Senator and new Vice President Elect, Joe Biden, who I enjoy much more when he is portrayed on Saturday night live (every time I hear “I love John McCain. He is one of my dearest friends. But John McCain, and remember this is a man I would take a bullet for, is bad at his job and mentally unstable”, I burst into instant laughter, as does Dreweth).

The esteemed Senator Biden, with 35 years as a member of the United States Senate, was participating in a debate with Governor Sarah Palin, while campaigning for the Vice Presidency of the United States. When asked about the role of the Vice President and the performance of current Vice President Dick Cheney, he stated (quoted in blue):

Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history. The idea he doesn’t realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that’s the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.

And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, and as vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there’s a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit.

So let’s examine the role of the Vice President as defined and critiqued by the man that will assume that position in a mere 38 days. Let’s start with the second statement because the first is just a load of partisan crap. Future Vice President Biden, I would point out to you that Article I of the Constitution is the Legislative Branch, not the Executive Branch. I know the two words sound similar, but please understand. You have been a member of the Legislative Branch for 35 years, I would have thought you would know which part of the Constitution covered your job over that time. Perhaps you have never read the document?

The Constitution clearly states, in Article I, that the Vice President of the United States shall be the President of the Senate. So according to the Constitution of the United States, the Vice President works in the Legislative Branch as well. That’s the Legislative Branch. You should understand that. Everyone should understand that, especially the guy who is about to do the job.

And on to the next section. Future Vice President Biden states that the Constitution is explicit in the role of the vice President. On the contrary sir, it is not. The only thing that the constitution states is that the Vice President serves as President should something happen to the sitting President, and that the VP shall be the President of the Senate, casting a vote only when there is a tie. The Senate rules, which are not part of the constitution for the record, effectively silence the VP by not allowing the President of the Senate to participate in the debate on the floor of the Senate. They do not prohibit him from doing anything else in the role of President of the Senate, which means he can participate in the debate all he likes off that floor. 

The constitution is intentionally vague about the role of the Vice President. The idea was to allow the President to use the position as he saw fit given the relationship between them and the responsibilities that the President feels the Vice President can best serve the country fulfilling. 

What is scary about this whole thing is that I am taking the time to explain the role of the Vice Presidency to the man that is about to take the job. I am explaining it to a man who has served as a United States Senator for 35 years. And that makes me wonder just how much of the Constitution of the United States this man has actually read. Do we really feel that this is the guy who is going to uphold the Constitution for us? I don’t think so. Perhaps this is why we have gotten so far away from what the founders intended. The men and women that we elect to the Congress don’t even have the document that sets the rules for government committed to memory. It isn’t that long. I have it committed to memory and I have never held an office. 

So there you go Ruben. I hope that the Vice President Elect is one of the hundreds of daily readers that I am blessed to have. If not, we might be screwed. How else will he figure out how to fix the country if he isn’t reading my blog?


  1. As I mentioned earlier – not only has Biden been a Senator for 35(!) years, he was the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee! He could get Justices denied a place on the bench for not understanding the Constitution. Sheesh!

    What I find amazing about the VP, is that President Wilson was the first president to allow his VP in cabinet meetings. Before that, the VP was merely a legislative officer. And VP Mondale was the first veep to get an office in the West Wing. All the other VPs worked from the Hill, where the VP has a very nice office outside of the Senate.

    Thank you writing this piece, USWeapon – I truly enjoyed it!

  2. You own a new VP? Where do you go to buy VPs? I never owned one, not that I would want to.

    I’m kidding, but I am slightly bothered by hearing people say “my president” and such. It reminds me way too much of people saying “mein fuhrer”. Not that I am saying you mean it in that way, I just want to point out something you may not have thought about.

  3. Don’t get me started on Biden, I come from DE and I am also from the same HighSchool and the man is an embarassment.

    Kentmcmanigal, just remember the Pres and all politicians are “Supposed” to be public servants…OUR servants so they are supposed to belong to us and serve us. Heh heh, like that ever happens anymore.

    Would it be racist to state that Obama is a servant?

  4. Kent,

    Not in the way that you took it. But this is my country, and even with all of its flaws I am proud to say so. He is merely the incoming VP for my country. But to more directly answer your question, you can pick up a similar model at the “Everything’s a Dollar” store at your local strip mall.

  5. No, because he is supposed to serve as President. However, I can guarantee you that the NAACP, the most irrelevant group in America, would hold a press conference to publicly state that they disapprove of you using the term that was used during slavery. They would then walk off the stage and see a friend and say “What’s up N—a”.

  6. You fools got schooled, Biden-style!

  7. Here is a good, Constitutional, way to start working on a solution: Waking from the Nightmare.

  8. Kent,

    Thanks for the link. I found it enlightening and entertaining all at the same time. I have to admit, while it sounds a little radical at first pass, it is an idea that has some merit. I won’t pretend to agree with all of it. I am not yet for going after the ATF or for prosecuting FBI Agents for crimes as he said it. I say that mostly because I am unclear at what level he is talking about. My definition of crimes may be different than his definition of crimes.

    I do believe that he is smart to make sure certain issues are not touched such as abortion. It is too divisive and realistically does not serve any purpose in the debate as he states it.

    But what I like is that he is focused entirely on making the bill of rights the defining document. As someone who believes in the Constitution of the United States wholeheartedly, I like that part of it. But the further aspect that I like is that it is a plan that is legal and works within the system as it stands. It doesn’t pretend that we are in a vacuum where we can simply ignore the status quo. It instead tackles the issue in a systematic way within the confines we find ourselves in. A very interesting plan.

    Again thanks for sharing.

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