Respect the office if not the office-holder?

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    I've heard this said by people here as well as by radio talk show hosts:

    "You should respect the office of the President, even if you have no respect for the man in office."

    My question is; Why?

    Why exactly do I have to respect the office of a public servant? Do you think that the founding fathers intended for the US Citizens to place respect and even reverence for the office of the President?
     
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    I have utmost respect for the Office of President... I've rarely respected the individual that holds that office.

    The office represents this country, so I respect that. But, the President - any President - would do well to remember that he serves us, not the other way around. Most of them forget that by Jan 21st.
     
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    You respect the office for the same reason you would respect any part of the constitution.
     
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    A couple of pretty decent answers, but I don't agree 100%.

    I'm not crazy about the idea that the office of the President represents this country, mostly because of the people holding it I guess.

    The Constitution allows for the office but it really isn't a part of the constitution. I respect the Constitution because it's such an amazing document, but the office of the President? It's the office of a public servant.
     
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    Yes. You should respect everyone; people should have to earn your disrespect.

    You're exposing symptom number one of why the world is so fucked up.
     
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    Please read the OP again. Thanks.
     
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    yes, respect for the office is I think prudent.
     
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    Yes. Perhaps not "reverence", but certainly respect.

    Do you think that George Washington didn't expect "respect" for his office?
     
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    No need. You should respect everyone you meet until they earn your disrespect. If you can't figure out why; there is little hope I can explain such a primal and basic human element to you at this late stage of your life.:confused:
     
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    The President is the elected head of state. Such an office commands respect.

    Apart from that, one should respect any person unless they prove undeserving of it.
     

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