Donald Trump couldn’t really do all of the off-the-wall things he is calling for, some of his defenders are saying. He’d have to have Congressional action. Congress and the courts would keep him in line. Well, the modern presidency has expanded its powers so much, says Marc Fisher, that he actually could do most of them.
In fact, thanks to recent presidents–including Barack Obama–our Constitutional system of each branch of the government checking and balancing each other, is seriously out of whack. Fisher concludes with a chilling sentence: “’Today’s system of checks and balances,’” [law professor Neal Devins] said , ‘is an abject failure.’”
This is part of what conservatives mean when they call for a “limited government.” Our government today is unlimited. And the powers of the presidency are becoming unlimited.