Russians Consider Titling Putin 'Ruler' Instead of 'President'

Miguel Daez | July 14, 2022
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Russian lawmakers are considering giving President Putin a more appropriate title to fit his alpha stature, according to the Daily Wire. The new title they are thinking of bestowing on their fearless leader is: “Ruler.”

“Pravitel” is the Russian word for “ruler.” The nationalist Liberal Democratic Party in Russia proposed the new appellation in order to move away from a job description that is derived from a foreign language, according to Newsweek

“The term ‘president,’ has always embarrassed us,” the party said. "In our country, by historical standards, this is generally a new word, and until it takes root completely, you can safely replace it. For example, with the phrase "head of state" or the word "ruler." Both are more understandable to the Russian ear," the LDPR said. 

In its proposal, the party argued that the term ‘president’ originated in the U.S. during the 18th century, and "much later (it) spread throughout the world."

“Supreme Ruler,” was another title suggested for Putin back in 2020 by the LDPR, but the Russian parliament rejected the proposition. Putin sycophant and longtime head of the LDPR party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, has suggested several times to call Putin “Supreme Ruler.”

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According to an article from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, “The title of president goes back to Latin praesident-, praesidens” which, oddly enough, does mean mean “ruler” and “derives from the present participle of praesidēre, "to guard" or "to preside over." 

Before George Washington assumed office, the original role of the “The President of the United States” was to ‘preside’ over the meetings of the Continental Congress established by the Articles of Confederation. 

Article 2 of the Constitution changed that forever. According to NPR History, before Washington was inaugurated, Congress could not decide for the life of them what his title should be. 

"Elective majesty, sacred majesty, elective highness, illustrious highness, serene highness," were some of the options the Senate was considering, said author and historian Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon. "The Senate actually went on record as recommending, 'His Highness, President of the United States and Protector of Their Liberties,’” she said. 

After three weeks of rigorous debate, Congress finally agreed to the appellation of president. Any other title might have mistakenly made the president a monarch they reasoned. 

The modest title of president implies that the person in office simply presides over their country, and does not control it like a despot. The title tells that the president is of the people, elected by them, and not considered high and lofty above them. It has set a precedent ever since for what a president should be and has even guided other nations, even Russia, to adopt the name to copy our democratic form of government. 

No matter the person in power, “president” is a title that Americans should be proud of.

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