Is it long past due to eliminate or greatly curtail the power of the office of the President of the United States? Is it time to eliminate such enormous power on a single individual and delete the Executive branch of government?
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) died in his third term as President, congress decided that term limits for President should be added to the U.S. Constitution. They could see that there was a possibility to elect a quasi-King for life. After all Roosevelt did manage to push Social Security through congress which made him very popular among the country due to the then current depression, including various work programs. The states pushed back against FDR’s policies but were unable to stop him.
Today the current President has spent trillions of future tax dollars on the public to include, questionable success of Stimulus money and failed enterprises such as Solyndra. Placing enormous debt on future generations to pay back and the list and damage goes on. So, have we progressed to the point that a discussion is warranted about the power a single individual can have? One could argue that congress went along with the current President’s proposals. But, on the same token the President has signed countless questionable unconstitutional Executive Orders in spite of congressional objections.
The Republican controlled House is basically powerless in stopping the President by calling for Impeachment due to this President’s past actions, because the democratically controlled Senate is just as complicit as the President. Remember the damage the President has done to the economy (stiff regulations) with job loss for decades to come. Then there is the Presidents’ veto power over both houses of Congress, one single individual overriding a cross section of representation of congress.
With the enormous size of our population today is there a requirement for a President (Executive branch)? Would The House and Senate be better equipped, represented and sufficient to manage the country by voting for proposed Bills as they normally do?
Can we prosecute a war without a Commander and Chief; congress must declare war and could manage it with a panel. Can there be Cabinet positions with congressional oversight, a Secretary of State with Ambassador Corps along with an Attorney General? Congress vets nominees and could fire those that are inept or out-of-control.
Today, the Executive branch of the government houses a single individual driving the country into misery and deep debt along with a current complicit half of the Legislature; the Senate. On the surface, it would appear logical to have a discussion on eliminating three branches of our government to just two branches.
The Congress has widespread representation while the President comes from a single state of the country. Would we be better served as a nation of diverse people without a single individual exercising so much power?