Dictator for Life: The Rise of the American Imperial President

 

The American presidency is far too powerful.

I have watched, even in my lifetime, the expansion of the imperial presidency. And it is dangerous.

Congress refuses to assert its role as the voice of the people and seems more than happy to hand ever more power to the Executive Branch. That is not how this country is supposed to work.

(From The Daily Bell)

Here’s the thing: we already have a president for life.

Sure, the names and faces and parties have changed over the years, but really, when you drill down under the personalities and political theater, you’ll find that the changing names and faces are merely cosmetic: no matter who sits on the throne, the office of the president of the United States has, for all intents and purposes, become a unilateral power unto itself.

Although the Constitution invests the President with very specific, limited powers, in recent years, American presidents (Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc.) have claimed the power to completely and almost unilaterally alter the landscape of this country for good or for ill.

The powers amassed by each successive president through the negligence of Congress and the courts—powers which add up to a toolbox of terror for an imperial ruler—empower whomever occupies the Oval Office to act as a dictator, above the law and beyond any real accountability.

The presidency itself has become an imperial one with permanent powers.

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