I saw a meme on Facebook today that had a picture of Donald Trump. The caption read “Do you believe this man can rebuild this country?” It was a particularly popular post with over 4300 likes and 1100 comments. The overwhelming majority of the comments were “yes!” and “if Congress would get out of his way” being another popular theme. Maybe a better question would be “Do the American people remember the Constitution?”
What have we sunk to in America that we now place all of our faith and trust in one single person to fix and rebuild our country? We are a nation of over 320 million people. We are supposed to be free. That means free to live our lives with minimal interference or coercion from government, or even from our fellow citizens. No one person in what used to be the American representative republic is supposed to have that kind of power that they alone could rebuild our country.
To assume that the president, one person, regardless of who it is, can rebuild our country is a very dangerous notion indeed. If whoever holds that one singular office can rebuild the country, that means one person will also have the power to tear it down. Arguably, the one person attempting to tear America apart was Barack Obama. Conservatives rightfully attacked the Obama administration because they were ignoring the Constitution and allowing the government to assume powers that it didn’t have under the Constitution.
Now that Donald Trump is in the White House, the principles remain. The federal government is a bloated leviathan that is too deeply involved in our daily lives and is spending money like there is no tomorrow.
Take, for example, the current fight in Congress over repealing and replacing the unconstitutional Obamacare law. There simply is no provision in the Constitution for the federal government to have anything whatsoever to do with anyone’s healthcare. It simply doesn’t exist.
Back to Trump. First, don’t misunderstand the intent of this article. This is NOT an anti-Trump rant. This has nothing to do with President Trump or his agenda. No, this is a pro-freedom, pro-liberty rant.
Somehow, somewhere in America, slowly but surely, we have allowed the office of the president to assume more and more power. The Framers of the Constitution knew the dangers of a powerful chief executive and built safeguards into our Constitution to prevent any such thing from ever happening. Yet, here we are.
If you’re not familiar with the powers of the office of the presidency according to the Constitution, it is in Article II, Section 2:
1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
2: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
There they are, the powers of the office of the presidency. The president is the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, but cannot commit our country to war, only Congress can do that. The president can nominate federal appointees like judges and ambassadors, but the Senate (read “states” before the 17th Amendment) must confirm these appointments. Treaties can be negotiated by the president, but again must be ratified by the Senate. The president signs bills into law, but the laws must be lawfully passed by Congress. So there is a check on every one of the president’s powers.
According to the Constitution, it shouldn’t matter hardly at all who is the president. Instead, we have a country where the entire climate of the nation is ruled by one man holding one elected office. That’s nuts!
It was never supposed to be this way.
If you really believe in America, if you really want to make America great again, then what we need to do is support the movement to hold a Article V Convention of States. Face it, Washington will never fix itself. We MUST amend the Constitution to rip the establishment apart. Term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court, a balanced budget amendment and repeal of the 17th Amendment are just a few things we have to put in place to restore this great representative republic.
If you think that Donald Trump is going to rebuild America, think again. Thirty-seven years ago, Ronald Reagan was elected with the promise of making government small, lowering taxes and making America great again. Reagan came into office, stayed for eight years and left. Still the Washington machine marched on. Trump’s presidency will be the same. He will come, make some short-term changes and leave either after one term or two.
When the moving truck pulls up to the Trump White House, the growing, over-spending, freedom crushing, over-reaching federal leviathan will still be there, despite whatever promises this one man makes to us.