Pence on The Presidency

The American Spectator provides us with the text of a speech recently given by Mike Spence on the topic of the American Presidency. The entire speech is worth reading, but the following stood out to me:

[The nation says] that we as a people are not to be ruled and not to be commanded. It says that the president should never forget this; that he has not risen above us, but is merely one of us, chosen by ballot, dismissed after his term, tasked not to transform and work his will upon us, but to bear the weight of decision and to carry out faithfully the design laid down in the Constitution and impassioned by the Declaration of Independence.

“One of us” who is “to carry out faithfully the design laid down in the Constitution.” Well said, Mr. Pence, well said.

What a difference there is between one who performs his duty and one who believes it is his duty to perform.