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Donald Trump’s tyranny a central part of the modern presidency the Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize: author

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President Donald Trump continues to defy the legislative branch, declaring that he’ll refuse to comply with any subpoenas. He also claims that he has not obstructed justice — even as he rejects Congressional oversight.

Writing in the Boston Globe, columnist Bruce Cannon Gibney notes that the modern-day presidency is built for tyranny.

He points out that all presidents abuse their power, though none as flagrantly and to such extremes as Donald Trump.

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“Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently declared that the 45th president has driven the nation to a “constitutional crisis,” Gibney writes.

“Pelosi’s statement is true, but it doesn’t go far enough. The modern presidency itself has become a constitutional crisis.”

Gibney points out that the executive branch has become a behemoth compared to the legislative branch and the judiciary.

“Over the decades, the executive has become an overbearing Leviathan,” he notes.

“It employs 4.1 million people, a population larger than that of the entire United States in 1790, and oversees a budget of more than $4 trillion, a sum eclipsing Germany’s GDP.”

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“The other branches are minute by comparison, unable to check even a fraction of the executive’s excesses,” he continues. “The legislature and judiciary collectively employ just 76,000 people, scraping by on a $12.5 billion allowance.”

“As Stalin purportedly observed about power, quantity has a quality all its own, and as Orwell observed about Stalin, some animals are more equal than others.”

Gibney observes that bureaucracies impact every aspect of modern life — and that the most powerful bureaucracies — from regulatory agencies to the immigration system — are largely in the President’s control. It’s why Trump has been able to undo so many Obama-era policies.

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“The Constitution doesn’t describe anything like the modern presidency. But the Declaration of Independence does — the British monarchy, whose actions the Framers described as ‘absolute Tyranny.'”


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