Trump: Constitutional Checks and Balances on my Power are 'Very Bad' for Country

Trump: Constitutional Checks and Balances on my Power are ‘Very Bad’ for Country

“One hundred days ago, I took the oath of office and made a pledge: We are not merely going to transfer political power from one party to another, but instead are going to transfer that power from Washington, DC, and give it back to the people,” so began an op-ed written by Donald Trump in the Washington Post.

In the past 100 days, I have kept that promise — and more.

Issue by issue, department by department, we are giving the people their country back. After decades of a shrinking middle class, open borders and the mass offshoring of American jobs and wealth, this government is working for the citizens of our country and no one else.

In support of his article, Trump also released a campaign video celebrating his first 100 days.

When asked about things he’s learned, however, the tone becomes very different. In an interview with Fox News, Trump turned his attention to the rules of Congress itself.

The rules of Congress were developed in order to ensure good governance. If all parties are not included, nothing could get done. It was to prevent a presidential dictatorship, a rubber stamp congress, from forming. For Trump to dismiss the checks and balances of congress in such a manner is inherently dangerous.

Yet, in a fit of irony, one area he focused in on, the abuse of the sitting filibuster, is a monster his own party created. The use of the cloture filibuster, one which did not require Senators to speak for hours on end, rose dramatically during the Obama administration thanks to Republican Senators. Yet, now that the GOP has gained control of the government, suddenly a movement to eliminate the filibuster began. This push by Trump only further plays into this strategy.

The rule changes Trump appears to be seeking in effect would eliminate opposition party strength within Congress. Despite the claim about archaic rules working against him, Democrats have done little to oppose him. Ultimately, these rules only demonstrate that our government is working as intended, and that we maintain a nation of laws with Congress elected to represent the people, rather than a dictatorship where one man’s word is law.

If Trump were to get his way, and eliminate these “archaic” rules, the Democratic party would lose what little voice it does have, as the nation would become a one-party, Republican, nation. Then, as the leader of the Republican Party, the President would set policy, and Congress would become little more than a rubber stamp for the President’s decisions.

Yet, that seems to be what President Trump is seeking, and will likely be granted, before the end of term. What a way to end the first 100 days in office.

Cover Image – Trump giving Thumbs Up, by Gage Skidmore (CC) and A U.S. flag hangs in front of a burning structure in Black Forest, Colo., June 12, 2013 by MSgt Christopher DeWitt(PD)

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A former candidate for State Representative in Washington state, Nathaniel is a seasoned political writer who brings an analytical and informed eye to politics. He is currently promoting his newest book, “The People’s Constitution,” now available in both paperback and Kindle.