#4th of July Time for a Title Change
Article 2 of the Constitution gives the title of President to the chief executive of the United States. Yet, on a daily basis Abraham Lincoln was referred to as Chief Magistrate. Today, the security agencies refer to our President as POTUS: President of the United States.
Of the 50 dictatorial rulers on Planet Ruler's list,[i] 39 call themselves President. Read any of their bio’s and it will irk you that they are pretenders to a president of a republic.
We need to distance ourselves from these dictators and recognize that over time president may no longer be a positive title. Here is a historical precedent to consider; In the ancient republic of Rome a dictator was not a dirty word. He was the appointed answer to a distinct external problem like Hannibal or Spartacus. The dictator ruled for one year or less at the election of the senate. Unfortunately, just about 50 BC, the concept of dictator grew a bit corrupt. Dictators extended their term, suspended the senate, militarily occupied Rome ("crossing the Rubicon") and often emptied the treasury. The most notable would be Julius Caesar and the most notorious Nero. Civil war became the solution to disputes. The empire's internal strife weakened Rome against its external enemies.
Anyhow, I am not suggesting we have reached the same state as Ancient Rome.
But, it might be time for us to find another working title for our president to elevate him above and away from a world awash in misnomers. I propose CEOTUS; Chief Executive of the United States. Say it phonetically three times fast, you will get use to it. C O TUS.
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