The vote is in……and the possibility of an Imperial Presidency is near complete.
An Imperial Presidency?
Yes, a U.S. presidency that is characterized by greater power than the Constitution allows.
Over the course of the 20th century, the presidency gradually supplanted Congress as the center of federal power. Presidential authority increased, presidential staffs grew in size, and the executive branch gradually acquired a dominant relationship over Congress.
Beginning with Theodore Roosevelt, the president, and not Congress, established the nation’s legislative agenda. Increasingly, Congress ceded its budget-making authority to the president. Presidents even found a way to make agreements with foreign nations without congressional approval. After World War II, presidents substituted executive agreements for treaties requiring approval of the Senate. Even more important, presidents gained the power to take military action, despite the fact that Congress is the sole branch of government empowered by the Constitution to declare war.
No president went further than Richard Nixon in concentrating powers in the presidency. He refused to spend funds that Congress had appropriated; he claimed executive privilege against disclosure of information on administration decisions; he refused to allow key decision makers to be questioned before congressional committees; he reorganized the executive branch and broadened the authority of new cabinet positions without congressional approval.
That is until there was a President Trump who has stepped on and wiped his feet on the idea of a Constitution.
The fear of the Founding Fathers has finally been realized.
Because they wanted a broad definition of their thoughts they allowed the Imperial Presidency to become a reality.
I am now waiting for the destruction of the 1st and 4th Amendments……….
The 1st and 4th Amendments have long been bugaboos to conservatives, and if any Amendments should be repealed, those are the two on top the far-right’s wish list.
The 1st Amendment, of course, grants free speech and allows no law establishing religion. Little galls the Far Right more unfettered speech that doesn’t follow the Daily Memo, but even more, the dream of getting the heathen to finally accept Jesus Christ as the one and only God of America, and truly make the United States a Christian Nation could be close at hand.
The 4th Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizures. Sure, conservatives got part of that dropped when the Bush Administration eliminated warrants before wiretapping, and allowing the government to search emails. But imagine not having to read anyone their Miranda Rights. Oh, how much easier life would be.
The Imperial Presidency now has been voted on by the Senate….that is anything that the president does is legal and above the law unless he/she does it on camera.
Just want to remind conservs that there will be a president from that other party and it will be possible for them to do all that this president has done…there is a precedent for the legality of the Imperial President.
There is NO price that will be paid for this….regardless what the media wants you to believe…..
The presidency has been changed….and not for the better.
Closing note–this was written before the Covid-19 outbreak and some of the points are a bit moot…..but the thought is there and needs to be considered.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”