Presidential Power

Trump's Naked Megalomania Continues a Bipartisan Trend

Will his blunt self-aggrandizement reinvigorate concerns about presidents who exceed their powers?

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After Donald Trump floated the idea of delaying the presidential election last week, the most striking response came from Federalist Society co-founder Steven Calabresi. "This latest tweet is fascistic," the Northwestern University law professor wrote in The New York Times, "and is itself grounds for the president's immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate."

For Calabresi, who opposed Trump's impeachment for pressuring the Ukrainian government to investigate Joe Biden, the president's suggestion that the election should be rescheduled was a tweet too far. Whether or not you agree, the bipartisan rejection of Trump's suggestion is a hopeful sign that his blunt self-aggrandizement has reinvigorated concerns about presidents who claim powers they were never granted—a problem that extends far beyond this particular president or his party.

"President Trump needs to be told by every Republican in Congress that he cannot postpone the federal election," Calabresi wrote. "Doing so would be illegal, unconstitutional and without precedent in American history."

While Trump did not explicitly assert that he has the unilateral power to postpone the election, he has unambiguously claimed the authority to withhold congressionally appropriated money from states that allow wide use of mail-in ballots. Such extortion "would be a serious threat to both federalism and separation of powers," notes George Mason law professor Ilya Somin.

Trump's assertion of "total" authority over COVID-19 lockdowns was equally dubious. "Some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government," he tweeted in April.

In fact, Trump averred, "it is the decision of the President." That evening he told reporters "the president of the United States calls the shots."

That was a gross mischaracterization, since states have broad authority to combat communicable diseases under their general "police power," while the federal government is limited to public health measures derived from its power to regulate foreign and interstate commerce. Even if Congress were inclined to cite the Commerce Clause as a justification for lifting state lockdowns, the president would have no authority to act without new legislation.

Illustrating the bipartisan appeal of the imperial presidency, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who would be among the first politicians to deny that Trump has the power to override state public health policies, last month urged him to help control COVID-19 transmission by imposing a nationwide mask mandate. She did not even bother to suggest where Trump would get the authority to do that.

In 2017, when Trump suggested that the Federal Communications Commission should yank the licenses of broadcasters who offend him, he got pushback from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who promised that "the FCC under my leadership will stand for the First Amendment." Trump's determination to build his "big, beautiful" border wall, notwithstanding the legislative branch's refusal to pay for it, is another example his critics like to cite as evidence of his lawless willfulness.

One presidential power grab Trump's critics tend to overlook, presumably because of their policy preferences, is his capricious ban on bump stocks, which arbitrarily transformed heretofore legal gun accessories into contraband based on a reinterpretation of the law at odds with its plain meaning. Last March, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, wondered why the courts should "defer to such bureaucratic pirouetting."

Biden promises Americans a return to normal presidential behavior, which unfortunately does not mean a more constrained view of the office's powers. When it comes to waging war, for instance, Biden thinks the president does not need congressional approval for "limited" military operations that serve "important U.S. interests," which amounts to a blank check.

Stylistically, Trump is notably different from his predecessors. But his naked megalomania continues and crystallizes a long-term trend blessed by both major parties.

© Copyright 2020 by Creators Syndicate Inc.

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  3. Not that megalomania is good, but I’d rather it were naked, and thus visible, than hidden and disguised as altruism.

    Just like I’d rather get rid of reverse racism and regain freedom of association, and have the bigots out themselves and learn from reality that bigotry is expensive.

    Trump has a lot of faults, but Biden and most of the Democrat pack have nothing but faults. I’d rather have neither, even Gary Johnson or Jo whatshername, but it’s going to be Biden or Trump, and I have no doubt who would ruin the country faster and more thoroughly.

    1. “but Biden and most of the Democrat pack have nothing but faults”

      Not true. I’ve heard Ms. Biden makes a mean egg salad sandwich. And the Joe mumbles contentedly as he eats it. They say it’s quite charming, watching the two of them on the sun-porch.

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      3. Biden’s egg salad sandwich may taste good, but it will give you food poisoning.

    2. I agree. Sullum’s TDS gets him to immediately claim Trump suggested delaying the election, instead of asking about delaying the election. Trump never claimed he had the authority to delay the election, and the usual Democrats are now engaging in yet another ridiculous conspiracy theory about Trump refusing to leave if he loses the election. It’s almost as ridiculous as claiming a presidential candidate is colluding with Putin to cheat in the election. Yet Obama wanted to be friends with Russia (see the Time cover of Obama and a Russian bear, with Obama asking to be friends), and appeased them by selling them US uranium, helping their allies Russia and Syria, and doing nothing for Ukraine after Russia annexed part of Ukraine.

      Looks like psychological projection again. Just like how they tried to take Trump out after they lost via Mueller (and later Ukraine, and they keep trying), and why Obama stayed in DC. They could have dropped their investigation of Trump (which Comey lied about) since it was all based on lies, but they kept at it. Seems like they know, they’ll be charged and tried for treason, which is why they keep at it.

      1. “Yet Obama wanted to be friends with Russia (see the Time cover of Obama and a Russian bear, with Obama asking to be friends), and appeased them by selling them US uranium, helping their allies Russia and Syria, and doing nothing for Ukraine after Russia annexed part of Ukraine.”

        You forgot about pulling missile defenses out of eastern Europe, pushing through an arms treaty that slashed America’s nuclear deterrent while allowing the Russians to expand theirs, doing even more for Russian client Iran than he did for Syria, and propping up the Russian economy by doing everything he could to hinder American domestic production of natural gas.

        Obama ran the most objectively pro-Russian foreign policy in U.S. history, with the possible exception of FDR allying with the Soviets to fight World War 2.

    3. Oh golly. Wotta surprise. Blah blah blah blah blah DeRpty DeRpty

  4. Oh just shut the fuck up already. Now you’re quoting the federalist when it’s convenient?

    Screw all Koch reason libtards

    1. It took me a few but I got it. Art is Pod trying right wing satire.

    2. The Federalist Society and The Federalist are 2 separate entities.

      Troll harder.

    3. Art is nothing more than a megalomaniatic yoSemite.

  5. Will his blunt self-aggrandizement reinvigorate concerns about presidents who exceed their powers?

    Those concerns will continue until there’s another left-wing megalomaniac in the White House.

    1. Yeah, all I got from this article was that Jacob took Barry’s cock out of his mouth long enough to say “Orange man bad!”.

      1. Orange Man bad?!? He BAD, all right! He SOOO BAD, He be GOOD! He be GREAT! He Make America Great Again!

        We KNOW He can Make America Great Again, because, as a bad-ass businessman, He Made Himself and His Family Great Again! He Pussy Grabber in Chief!

        See The Atlantic article by using the below search-string in quotes:
        “The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet” or this one…

        https://reason.com/2019/09/02/republicans-choose-trumpism-over-property-rights-and-the-rule-of-law/

        He pussy-grab His creditors in 7 bankruptcies, His illegal sub-human workers ripped off of pay on His building projects, and His “students” in His fake Get-Rich-like-Me realty schools, and so on. So, He has a GREAT record of ripping others off! So SURELY He can rip off other nations, other ethnic groups, etc., in trade wars and border wars, for the benefit of ALL of us!!!

        All Hail to THE Pussy Grabber in Chief!!!

        Most of all, HAIL the Chief, for having revoked karma! What comes around, will no longer go around!!! The Donald has figured out that all of the un-Americans are SOOO stupid, that we can pussy-grab them all day, every day, and they will NEVER think of pussy-grabbing us right back!

        Orange Man Bad-Ass Pussy-Grabber all right!

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        1. Citing Matt Welch, huh?
          The same Matt Welch who posted this: https://twitter.com/mattwelch/status/1102654202545913857?s=12

          1. Maybe Squirrely is Welch on molly.

            1. Commenting on reason while on molly is the biggest and saddest waste of molly maybe ever.

              1. Agreed!

                AND, an excellent example of “alcohol abuse” is pouring it down the toilet!

    2. What the nation needs is a President who can lie with confidence and the support of all who really matter. “If you like your insurance, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep him.” Following a speech when he stated clearly that that statement was untrue for many Americans President Obama continued to say it, unchallenged by anyone in mainstream media.
      You must appear professorial, look calm and certain, and appear collegial to the media. Then lies are OK.

      1. Obama has been thoroughly criticized for that and many other issues by Reason. Did you guys read this mag before 2016? I don’t think I ever saw praise for Obama for anything. This perception that reason is leftist is only popular now that the president is also the leader of a cult.

  6. This latest tweet is fascistic,” the Northwestern University law professor wrote in The New York Times, “and is itself grounds for the president’s immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate.”

    For asking the question? Jesus Trump makes credentialed people dumb.

    1. I can play this game too. FDR should have been impeached for floating the idea of packing the Supreme Court.

      1. Cancel the New Deal!

      2. FDR should have been impeached for floating the idea of packing the Supreme Court.

        Yes, probably. In fact, almost every president since at least Teddy Roosevelt probably should have been impeached but weren’t. Instead both parties allowed them to gradually accrue more and more power to the executive branch.

        The only reason I hedge and say “almost every president” is to allow for the possibility that there may be a few who were OK. I’m not an expert in presidential history. Coolidge, for example was probably OK, maybe one or two others but that’s about it.

        1. William Henry Harrison probably didn’t do anything impeachable, dying from pneumonia a month into his term.

          Everybody else is suspect.

        2. I’ve frequently said that few Presidents haven’t done anything to merit being impeached, if we were serious about holding them to their oaths of office. Maybe Carter, he was more of a nebbish than anything.

          But the Democrats would never have tried to impeach Trump over something justifiable, it might set a ‘bad’ precedent.

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  8. Trump is asserting that there are no limits on his powers, and he’s right. The only check on his power is whatever anybody feels like throwing out there, and it’s specifically when Trump wants something, there’s no general principle involved. And it’s not just Trump – every other Congressman, Senator, Cabinet Secretary, agency head, Governor, Mayor, Council Member and assistant deputy dog-catcher will readily assert the power to do whatever the hell they want.

    1. So much this. It’s almost like the Founders knew this about people and set up a structure of government that prevents the innate desires of all people to control others to become to powerful.

      1. and then they threw out the Articles of Confederation and replaced it with something more malleable.

  9. And it’s not just Trump – every other Congressman, Senator, Cabinet Secretary, agency head, Governor, Mayor, Council Member and assistant deputy dog-catcher will readily assert the power to do whatever the hell they want.

    ^ This x 1000.

  10. The ambitions of politicians like Trump, Biden, Obama etc. are only part of the problem. When a president abuses his executive authority, he does so with the cheering approval of at least half of the electorate. The other half doesn’t oppose the abuse; they just oppose the specific action. They want to preserve that power for when one of their boys gets the White House “back” for them.

    This will continue so long as most of the American people want the president to be a god-king who magically solves all of their problems.

    1. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

    2. This!

      If the American people have indeed gotten dumber since the founding, it is probably most evident in their understanding of government, both in general and in US law. I can understand how a 5 year old perceives the role of the President, a single figure who is the boss of the government and perhaps of the nation. But when a 25 year old has the same perception, we are in deep, deep trouble.

      1. You say that, but how irrational is it really for the 25+ crowd to believe that the president has all that power when, inch by inch, year by year, that power has actually been granted to them? We live in a country where you cannot step outside your house without a license of some sort. You own no real property which cannot be capriciously taken from you for arbitrary reasons. You can be denied the right to travel, to work, to own property, even to exist in various places all based on a complex web of statutes and regulations all of which can be created or destroyed with the swipe of a pen by one man. The pathway to success and fortune has ceased to be about doing the right thing and become about placating the right people.

        1. “doing the right thing” — Like voting and supporting the ones (if there’s any left) that hold the Constitution to the highest regard instead of promising pots of gold at the end of every rainbow?

          We’ve had a few good one’s run on that principle; sadly the American people don’t seem to support the Constitution anymore.

  11. The big problem here is a Congress that refuses to act. By abdicating power assigned to Congress they strengthen the President’s power. Want to limit the President’s power, get Congress to take responsibility and address problems. Congress should limit the President’s power to use the military. Congress should address rules for immigration and naturalization. Congress should address health care. Any executive will push the envelope, our founders knew this and set up checks and balances. Congress need to do its part.

    1. And the problem with Congress is structural and much harder to solve. In a federal government that’s now highly complex and extremely powerful, seniority in Congress is important: years of experience and years in the pecking order matter greatly. So despite the fact that we hate Congress collectively, we each send our own Representative or Senators back, year after year, because they bring home the bacon and they advance in seniority.

      For the Senate, one solution would be repeal of the 17th Amendment.

      For the House, all I can think of is enabling at-large voting– which would solve the problem, but would be politically impossible to pass and operationally impossible to implement.

      1. I think people are dreaming if they think repealing the 17th Amendment would change anything. I suspect 99 out of 100 Senators would be the same people they are now, and Rand Paul would still be an eye doctor in Kentucky.

    2. But getting elected to Congress, and attaining seniority (and power) is highly dependent on party support. And the major parties have long embraced the campaign strategies that leverage the intellect and knowledge of the average voter, who famously cannot name the three branches of federal government (and forget about roles). The average voter seems to treat voting as something between prom queen and a TV talent show, and can really only relate to a single figure head as our “government”.

      Something about people getting the government they deserve?

    3. “” By abdicating power assigned to Congress they strengthen the President’s power. “”

      The Constitution does not give the executive extra authority just because Congress is not doing their job.

      This is the silly argument the democrats presented when they wanted Obama to act as king because the Rs in congress wasn’t giving them what they wanted.

      1. “The Constitution does not give the executive extra authority just because Congress is not doing their job.”

        Of course, and because no one made that argument, so what?

        “By abdicating power assigned to Congress they strengthen the President’s power.”

        Congress gives the executive extra authority because Congress is not doing their job. Most of the time it seems intentional, if not explicit.

        1. ““The Constitution does not give the executive extra authority just because Congress is not doing their job.”

          Of course, and because no one made that argument, so what?”

          Obama did. If congress would not act, he would use his own and phone.

    4. Congress should take a year or two off.

    5. “Congress should address health care” — THAT IS NOT THEIR JOB!!!!
      Yes, the courts should’ve stopped Obama from his Dreamers Act
      Yes, the courts should’ve stopped Obama from his Obamacare
      Yes, the courts should’ve stopped Obama from his ARPA Act
      Yes, the courts should’ve stopped Trump from his Cares Act

      It’s the Courts job to thwart federal powers the federal government (including Congress) violates. It proved to be ineffective so now we argue about controlling Presidential powers that the Court-Unlimited Congress (i.e. Federal) has created.

      If your going to fix a broken tree – don’t just snip a few leafs off get at the root of the problem.

  12. Last I checked tweets do not have the force of law, you think a law professor would know that.

    1. Are you sure? Seems like Twitter has replaced the Congressional Record along with the 4th estate, and just about every other communication of substance.

      I can’t wait to see the next global war, with all military communications on Twitter.

      1. 4th estate? You mean 5th column.

    2. Law professors don’t concern themselves with the law as it is, they construct arguments to make the law what they want it to be. They don’t have to be correct, just convincing.

  13. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” he wrote in the message. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

    You really can’t write this article without the actual quote.

    Fascist? Impeachment? Naked power grab?

    Are you guys high? Or illiterate?

    The dude is clearly complaining about what he sees as an attempt by the Democrats to steal the election. You see, democrats across the country started pushing for all mail elections due to covid… to begin immediately, without debate or authorizing legislation. The fact that it was across the country might reasonably lead one to conclude that this was a coordinated strategy. One might conclude that they believe they gain an advantage by holding the election by mail, now rather than in November.

    That being the case, it would be reasonable to surmise that Trump thinks all of this is to his disadvantage. So he points this out in 120 characters.

    And he offers an alternative solution. Since the Democrats (disingenuously) claim that covid makes going to the polls too dangerous, he offers an alternative to their proposal of moving the election up by several months….. delaying the election.

    This is pretty simple and pretty straightforward. It is a rhetorical battle over when the election should be held.

    The null hypothesis is November. The democrats have attempted to shift that date to … well, June or July when they started… without debate by executive order.

    This facile “Trump is a fascist” counter argument completely ignores the debate and quite intentionally takes a single sentence out of context and elevates it to a serious policy suggestion.

    You sound like a bunch of middle school kids trying to debate. Nobody is this stupid.

    Let me make it simple for you. Here is the exchange, paraphrased:

    Dems: This Covid is super scary and dangerous. We need to hold the election immediately!!

    Trump: if the covid us really so dangerous, why don’t we delay the election instead?

    That is the conversation you just witnessed.

    And your reaction was to put Trump in the “guys who are just like hitler” camp. Yet he did exactly nothing. Democrat governors all across the country actually unilaterally changed the election rules and time… in the middle of the election.

    Are you so sure that you are in the “fighting tyranny” camp, and not in the “useful idiot” camp?

    1. You should note that President Trump is OK with mail in voting in Florida. A state he must win and a state with a Republican Governor.

      1. Yeah. That is a great counter argument. If he really thinks we should hold the election in November, he should wait until November. That way he can be consistent. And the Democrats should go ahead and keep holding the election now, without him between now and then.

        Yeah. That makes sense.

        I wish more people would put the fear of being labeled inconsistent ahead of acknowledging reality. American league managers who composed the designated hitter should never use a designated hitter. They should let their pitcher hit. That way they’ll be consistent!

        And football coaches who think that offensive line play allows too much holding today should instruct their players to keep their hands inside and their elbows out like it used to be back in the fifties. I mean, how are you supposed to argue that are offensive linemen get away with too much holding if you allow your own lineman to play that way?

      2. Florida has absentee voting by mail, not mail in voting the way the Democrats want it. Absentee voting by mail is far less prone to fraud.

        Stop repeating Democratic lies

        1. He won’t. It’s all he’s got.

        2. You are trying to split hairs. Absentee voting by mail and voting by mail are more similar than they are different. A number of states led by Democrats and led by Republican vote by mail with very minor suspicions of fraud. Regardless of method mail in voting will likely be much greater in 2020, we need to be ready for this, and to understand that it will take longer than usual to complete the count.

          1. Absentee voting by mail and voting by mail are more similar than they are different.

            That isn’t an argument. An ice cream sandwich and an ice cream sandwich with a bit of cyanide in it are more similar than they are different. Very similar things can have very different effects.

            Absentee voting requires registered voters to explicitly request an absentee ballot. That prevents many forms of fraud.

            Trump has been consistent in his support for absentee voting (i.e., explicitly requesting an absentee ballot) and his opposition for vote-by-mail (i.e., ballots are just mailed out to voters at their last address). Trying to spin this as “Trump is against mail-in voting except in Florida” is political fraud.

    2. Exactly. Jacob is intellectually and emotionally incapable of writing about trump. Additionally the biggest ego and ruler by decree is unquestionably his mentor Barry.

    3. “Are you guys high? Or illiterate?”

      Yes

  14. “In fact, Trump averred, “it is the decision of the President.” That evening he told reporters “the president of the United States calls the shots.”

    This made chuckle.

    Newsflash Jacob. They’re ALL psychopaths. That’s what this pandemic has shown me. A politician that lockdowns a society for a non-lethal virus ignoring all the bad outcomes is a psychopath.

    Though I think Trump actually does love America.

    1. It is almost as if it would be a good idea to reduce the power of the government.

      1. Heresy! Blasphemy, to even CONSIDER such ideas!!!

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        1. It will be very good when you’re dead.

          1. It will be an EXCELLENT day, if-when Shitsy Shitler ever develops an intellect!

    2. I think Trump loves a fictional version of America in which white people and vaguely christian cultural artifacts dominate the culture, and everyone else knows their place.

      I don’t think Trump loves Americans in general, and certainly has made it obvious that he does not consider himself working for certain subsections of Americans, like Democrats, racial minorities, and Republican “never trumpers”.

      If Trump loved America, he would have opposed the Vietnam war in some material way, or fought in it, instead of letting some other poor schmuck with less connected parents go in his place. You would think if he loved America, that might have dawned on him during one of his 5 deferral applications.

      1. Hear, hear!!!

        Also this:

        http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/donald-trump-scandals/474726/

        “The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet”

      2. Hey look another racist fascist — “white people” … “christian culture”. What’s funny is generally these are the types of people who run around calling everyone else racist and fascist…

        PROJECTION RULES!!! 🙂

  15. I think the thing that bugs me the most about presidential power is the lack of support from the public and the media when a president doesn’t exert power. Trump is a great example, he’s constantly harangued for being a dictator and tyrant, but then when he doesn’t do something or doesn’t act on something he his lambasted for not doing anything. When he invoked federalism principles in dealing with COVID, he was excoriated for pawning off responsibility to states and governors.

    Even to this day he is called a tyrant all in the same breath while being accused of not doing anything about COVID.

    At the end of the day, when something happens, the public’s and media’s natural instinct is to demand that the president do something. It’s damn near political suicide for a president to say, “not my job” or “that’s beyond the scope of my office.” To take such a position is unnatural for people, and it will be completely destructive of a political future as you will be labeled lazy and feckless by a society that demands you do something.

    1. “(Trump’s) constantly harangued for being a dictator and tyrant, but then when he doesn’t do something or doesn’t act on something he his lambasted for not doing anything.”

      That happens to every politician without a (D) behind the name. For example Bush was Hitler until Katrina, and then he was a useless, ineffectual layabout until they needed him to be Hitler again.
      Obama on the other hand could say, “I have a pen and a phone, and the press would shout Devine right!”. Or he would say, “I can’t do anything because congress is mean” and the press would be falling all over themselves to scream “How dare they! He was elected!”

      1. Obama WAS the Left’s favorite house boy.

  16. “”” he has unambiguously claimed the authority to withhold congressionally appropriated money from states that allow wide use of mail-in ballots. Such extortion “would be a serious threat to both federalism and separation of powers,” notes George Mason law professor Ilya Somin.”

    Does Ilya know that why all states had to raise their drinking age to 21?

    1. Ilya doesn’t care. Ilya wants to be a member of the leader’s inner circle and if her can’t be, he’s going to stand in the corner and mumble insults.

    2. Sweet take, pulling that one out.

      You could go to Obama and Title IX for more recent examples.

    3. Drinking age was raised to 21 through an actual law passed by congress and signed by Reagan. A little different now trying to do the same by executive order. Actually, a lot different, as far as the constitution is concerned.

      1. Well, yes and no. There was an actual law that blackmailed the states into adopting a 21 drinking age. It was still an illegitimate action of the federal government usurping power not given it in the Constitution.

        1. Yeah, the complaint was a violation of federalism, so it applies. But for “and without authorization of congress”, see the title IX stuff.

          For a worse violation of rights from the abuse of regulatory authority, see operation choke point. An attempt to ban disfavored businesses by making banking inaccessible. Businesses like gun stores, check cashing stores, porn stars, strippers…..

          Absolutely zero legal authority for any of it.

          It continues in today’s mob rule of cancel culture, where the woke pressured social media to drop conservatives, so they made their own platforms, which the woke then pressured hosting companies, payment processors, ISPs and donation companies to drop.

          So, quite the legacy for the Obama administration.

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  18. The Dems aren’t concerned about excessive Presidential powers. They’re just waiting for their guy to get to use them.

  19. naked Press Secretary what? aw …

    1. I’m ok it’s that as long as it’s Hope Hicks. Or Hope Hicks naked in any job.

      1. was referring to the current daily Blondie Report but anyone who would complain about Hope is nuts.

  20. Judge people by what they do, not what they say.

    Obama was a megalomaniac who engaged in constant executive overreach. Trump has been restrained in his actual use of executive powers.

    1. ^Well said.. From the very beginning I didn’t like/support Trump; his actions (not his words) has made me a fan.

  21. When does the day for the obligatory once-a-week Joe Biden article come around again? I think you missed it for this week.

    You probably want to expand your coverage beyond just the Green New Deal. You’ve used that one twice already in the last month (7/16 and 7/23). If you’re going to put your thumb on the scales and shill for the Democrats, you can’t make it as obvious as you have been…the few remaining people who foolishly think they’re reading a libertarian publication will eventually catch on. Especially since you’ve had a three month gap between articles about Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen.

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  22. Whereas your good buddy scumbama ruling by EO fiat was just another day in the DC swamp. Whereas your good buddy Pencil Neck Schiff abusing congressional powers is just another day in the DC swamp. Whereas your good buddy Nadler The Waddling Toad abusing congressional powers is just another day in the DC swamp. Whereas your good buddy Botox Barbie Pelosi abusing congressional powers is just another day in the DC swamp. OK then; got it.

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  23. The thing about Trump is that he asks questions in a certain way. He asks, or suggests, something as if now his minions will scuttle around making it happen. In the moment the tweet may have been a legitimate question, but for a guy who’s run casinos, millions of dollars of real estate to his name at various points, business all over the world, he doesn’t *have* to give orders. He just suggests, or asks, or glances over at the waiter so to speak, and a significant fraction of the room will scramble around making it happen. Actually, by those rules, he should never have to ask and they should already be doing it. He’s used to having fixers and that tweet sounded like fixer-speak.

  24. I read Trump’s statement and in it he said that maybe CONGRESS SHOULD LOOK INTO DELAYING THE ELECTION. It was nothing like the headlines and democrats have been saying that Trump was going to delay the elections. The only part that Trump would have to do with it is that he would have to sign the bill after congress passed it or if he vetoed it congress could override the veto but I doubt that they could do that. But REALIZE it makes a much better story to say that Trump IS going to delay the elections. But the democrats has also said that if Trump loses the election he will not leave the white house. I doubt that he would say or do that because the republicans and libertarians would be the first in line to escort him out of the WH.

  25. Bullshit! (Is that civil?) Trump is no megalomaniac. His actions show that he intends to give more power to the people, not the government. School choice and gun rights are a good start. Trump represents all of us who desire a smaller less intrusive government.

    1. 2-for-1 Regulation… There may be things he’s done lately that seem to be going south but that’s just relative to his amazing record of awesomeness already established.

  26. “naked megalomania”

    Reason has turned into such a joke.

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