State of the Union

One vote we all get to cast

With our primary election here in Virginia  just days away, it is vital that voters have a reasonable understanding of the various roles that an American president has to play in the course of his or her responsibilities.

The president is, first and foremost, the chief executive of the United States government. The Congress passes the laws, the courts interpret the laws, but it is the president who is charged with executing those laws. The president is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States.

Surprisingly, the president can also be seen as the chief legislator, and has a huge impact on the legislative process. The president’s annual State of the Union...