For some Republicans, Donald Trump’s election may look like the end of a long battle against a too powerful Democrat White House. But for true conservatives, the desire to restore federal balance of power should continue no matter who sits in the Oval Office.
“November 8th wasn’t the election of a monarch,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky) said of Trump’s election in an interview with Reason. “It was the election of the head of a third of our government.”
Massie, the Tea Party Republican who got on board with Trump’s establishment busting candidacy, is right. And Trump’s victory offers conservatives the opportunity to begin undoing an expansion of presidential power that began under President George W. Bush and continued unabated through President Barack Obama’s two terms in the White House.
Trump’s election should serve to energize small government conservatives to the cause of shrinking presidential powers– and given the unease many Democrats have with the GOP president elect, the goal may be more easily achievable with the help of liberal allies who wish to have a stronger congressional check on the new administration.
This is a good thing, especially considering continued uncertainty about how Trump intends to lead. Many of his past comments rightfully have more conservative Americans worried that he’ll attempt to push some of his policies through with little regard to their constitutionality.
Massie said he plans to work with his congressional colleagues to eliminate some of those worries. That may, the lawmaker said, include replacing House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“The next Speaker needs to let Congress debate whether we should be involved in all these military conflicts. We’ve got a constitutional crisis right now thanks to John Boehner and thanks to Paul Ryan, where we’re involved in military conflicts around the globe that have not been authorized by Congress, and these are not short term conflicts,” he said.
Former Congressman Ron Paul is also concerned about the U.S.’s unconstitutional military interventions moving forward. Despite Trump’s insistence that he’ll avoid dragging the U.S. military into the business of other nations, Paul believes neocons will now begin ratcheting up pressure on the president elect.
“Quite frankly there is an outside source which we refer to as the ‘deep state’ or the ‘shadow government’.” Paul said, noting that it isn’t enough to study Trump and his advisors.
“There is a lot of influence by people which are actually more powerful than our government itself, our president,” the congressman added.
“Yes, Trump is his own guy, more so than most of those who have ever been in before. We hope he can maintain an independence and go in the right direction. But I fear the fact that there is so much that can be done secretly, out of control of our apparent government and out of the view of so many citizens,” Paul said.
The post Limiting presidential power is still a top priority appeared first on Personal Liberty®.