Written by Grant M. Deltz
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was arguably the most powerful president the United States has ever had. After serving twelve years and a month in office during World War II, there had to be term limits enacted for the president. He also had his “court packing” scheme for the Supreme Court allowing him to appoint extra judges to get his New Deal passed.
That was following the Great Depression and the WWII years.
Since then we’ve seen the executive branch grow more powerful in it’s role within the United States government. The War Powers Act has allowed the president to bypass congress with many military actions.
We’ve also seen a tradition of abusing the role of executive orders coming from the Oval Office.
Now, with all of the build up of power for the president, we have elected Donald J. Trump to be the next president of the United States. Not only that, but he is being given a Republican majority House of Representatives, and a Republican majority Senate in addition to his future Supreme Court nominations giving conservatives the majority on the bench.
So much for checks and balances. We could have avoided this if we had only listened to George Washington,
“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
The two party system enabled the possibility of this much power being given to the president. It doesn’t matter if it is Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson or even Ron Paul in office; no president should be given that much power.
There’s no telling how President-elect Trump will use his power, but I’ll give him a chance until he proves to be a power abuser.