Framers’ Q: Can we trust a new government strong enough defend us not to also oppress us?
Trust, distrust, and mistrust are equally important in politics.
Politics, distrust, and trust are all tied up together.
Do we want USA to join the other countries on the map?
The framers gave the President limited supervisory power.
“All civil Officers of the United States” defines who is subject to impeachment.
The framers were clear that the President was to be accountable to Congress.
Two candidates for governor stand together, calling for civility among voters.
Some of the framers wanted an Executive Council to advise and bind the President.
The framers decided power was to be divided between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
The framers agreed to establish a strong, flexible presidency that would be constrained against tyrannical behavior.
Insulating the President from election politics was a big part of the framer’s strategy.
The framers wanted a presidency that served the common good.
The framer’s fear of incapacity was balanced by their fear of tyranny.
The framers wanted to avoid the tyranny that absolute power brings.
When the framers created the presidency, they were intent on solving two trust-related problems.
Democracy is all about using free and fair political competition to motivate a contest of the best ideas for solving problems. Politics played as a contest of ideas requires voters and politicians alike to speak for themselves and to listen to others for their ideas.
Pundits haven’t yet fully connected the dots in front of them. Yes, presidential use of national emergency powers to spend money on things that Congress chose not to authorize is against the Article 1 of Constitution. Here is the other dot: the choice of president became more consequential as the Office of the President became more powerful. This trend explains why election campaigns have been fought ever more viciously – by politicians and citizens alike.
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