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DanteAlighieri June 2nd, 2018 7:29pm

Does the modern office of the presidency have too much power and too many responsibilities?

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Texas1 did not proofread
06/02/18 1:13 pm

We have had checks and balances in place for some time now.

06/02/18 1:17 pm

Yes we have. But originally, the Founders intended the executive branch to have much less power over Congress than it currently does, such as the usurpation of Congress’s warmaking powers and executive orders replacing the lawmaking process. Obviously some of that is due to the incompetence of the current Congress, by it could be dangerous if a demagogue is ever elected

Think Lovin Life
06/02/18 4:35 pm

Yes, the entire federal government has too much power. The founders wisely and purposely created a subordinate federal government and gave it only specific enumerated powers while retaining all other powers for the states and the people.

Unfortunately with too many regressive leftist changes, the federal government now has too much power.

HammeringMan Gods Away On Business
06/02/18 4:48 pm

At what point in time did these leftist changes start.

BTW I fully agree Feds have too much power not just in the USA, but in every country.

I disagree with it being a leftist event.

It's a human event. Humans love power. And the commoner worships power. They worship what they cannot achieve.

06/03/18 12:05 am

Since the very beginning of the United States, the federal government has been slowly gaining power. The original idea of loosely connected states under the Articles of Confederation is pretty much gone now, which itself may not be a bad thing. Yet since that switch to a stronger federal government, we have seen nothing but expansion of the government’s power. The Civil War would remove the power of States to directly oppose the government, which is at least somewhat justifiable given the situation. After that, progressive leaders, such as Theodore Roosevelt, would begin limiting big business. The final straw, in my opinion, was FDR. This is the point when executive orders became a standard form of lawmaking. He was able to pack the Supreme Court with his supporters, expand public works immensely, and all the while retained popular support. From then on, the president was in not the symbolic leader he was before. As we entered the Second World War, he became a global authority.

HammeringMan Gods Away On Business
06/02/18 7:55 pm

I share your fear.
Here is mine.
Consider it.
The GOP empowers the Elitist army of thieves that have stolen the power of the working class.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/03/18 6:43 pm

Yes. Woodrow Wilson and FDR ruined the Presidency as it was intended to be. They both assumed greater powers for the Executive Branch than the Constitution allows.

06/04/18 6:02 am

Too many cesspool turds of the deep state, intelligence has been given way too much fkn power n endless funds. I applaud Grassley for protecting whistleblowers but he seems to have forgotten to protect them as they have to fight the alphabet cartel n end up broke. Corruption would have never gotten so deep had they not been given an endless amount of tax dollars to fight against whistleblowers. They are too scared to step up, might end up on the Clinton body count list or broke, never able to recover n name slandered so bad they end up unemployed indefinitely.

Texas1 did not proofread
06/02/18 12:39 pm

Did something change I wasn’t aware of?

Think Lovin Life
06/02/18 7:02 pm

Hammer ... it is the corrupting influences of Democrats. You do realize that our founding fathers understood that corrosive effects of democracy and therefore they took specific steps to avoid the tyranny of the simple majority.

Democrats are all about attempting to force our constitutional republic into a democracy.

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
06/03/18 9:31 pm

The problem the current occupant and his congressional lap dogs.

HammeringMan Gods Away On Business
06/02/18 9:45 pm

I sincerely which that were true. Rather than assuming me to be wrong for just one second consider that the oppressive tax structure has only been permitted with assent from both parties. While we may have divergent views on who best spends tax dollars, can't we agree that the tax codes would never exist w/o the GOP.

Think Lovin Life
06/02/18 7:58 pm

Hammer ... nonsense! The GOP stands to protect the republic, with a strong focus on individual rights and responsibilities.

Elites buy power from both parties. One party stands to protect our republic from the other hopes to corrupt it into a tyrannical democracy.