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The mainstream media has declared former Vice President Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election. However, this does not mean the 2020 Presidential campaign has come to an end. President Donald Trump is continuing his legal challenges to the vote counts in some key states.

The emotional investment of many Americans into the race between Trump and Biden would have shocked the drafters of the Constitution. The Constitution’s authors intended the presidency to be an office of strictly limited powers that would not impact most Americans. The Constitution authorizes the president to administer laws passed by Congress, not create laws via executive orders. The president serves as Commander-in-Chief of the military following a Congressional declaration of war, with no authority to unilaterally send troops into foreign conflict.

The Founders did not intend for the president to set the “national agenda, “ and they would be horrified to see modern presidents assume the authority to order American citizens indefinitely detained and even killed without due process.

The idea that the president should exercise almost unlimited powers is a legacy of the progressive movement. Progressives, who are responsible for the rise of the American welfare-warfare state, have an affinity for a strong Presidency that is not surprising. A government that aspires to run our lives, run the economy, and run the world requires a strong executive branch unfettered by the Constitution’s chains. The Cold War also provided a boost to presidential power, as it justified presidents assuming more unchecked authority in the name of “national security.”

The concentration of power in the executive branch does not mean presidents are all-powerful. For example, even though presidents are judged by the state of the economy, the unelected, unaccountable Federal Reserve Board typically has greater influence over the economy then the president. Presidents often must tailor their economic policies to deal with the consequences of the Fed’s actions. This is why presidents spend so much time and energy trying to influence the “non-political” Fed. Fed Chairs usually, but not always, reciprocate by attempting to tailor polices to be “useful” to the incumbent president.

It has become cliché to say that “politics stops at the water’s edge.” This means no one—not even Members of Congress, should ever oppose or second-guess a president’s foreign policy decisions. However, this rule does not apply to those comprising what has become popularly known as the “deep state”: the military-industrial complex, the national security bureaucracy—including the CIA— congressional staffers, and members of the media. This deep state serves a permanent government and has an agenda it pursues regardless of the wishes of the president or the American people.

The deep state has derailed President Trump’s (modest) efforts to fulfill his campaign promise to pursue a less interventionist foreign policy and end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Members of the deep state were instrumental in the Russiagate hoax and the impeachment of President Trump. Many supported impeachment because President Trump’s actions contradicted the DC “consensus” on US -Ukraine relations and the need for a new Cold War with Russia. President Trump is not the first president to be undermined by the deep state and he will certainly not be the last.

The 2020 election has awoken many Americans to the corruption of the modern welfare-warfare state. These Americans are ripe for the message of liberty. They can help with the vital task of demystifying the US Presidency, destroying the deep state, restoring our constitutional republic, and regaining our lost liberties.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
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  1. You are, of course, preaching to the Arch-Bishop here with me, Dr. Paul. I would add that since things HAVE gotten out of hand long ago, with Amendment X having been treated like a piece of toilet tissue, the President is in charge of a much bigger bureaucracy than the Founders intended him to be. This means he can implement policy via manpower in those agencies he administers. It may be according the the spirit of the law, letter of the law, both, or neither.

    That’s the only way President Trump has gotten useful things done, such as on immigration. Of course, without any laws written up by a legislative branch that works only for donors, things can be reversed quickly. That wasn’t the idea of this government either.

    As for your last paragraph, who are these Americans of which you speak? It’s not the 50-odd million immigrants from the last 55 years, and their children. They don’t go crazy over no Citizenship in the Nation merit badges, I hate to tell you. Is it the young people? Most of them seem to want more Socialism or to try Communism again, as they never read about the part where it didn’t pan (or Pot) out so great the last few times. If you understand and care about the US Constitution, apparently you are just full of cope and cringe, whatever the fuck that means.

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  2. Jokem says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I cannot find it in myself to disagree with you Mr. Newman, or Dr Paul.

    The big, powerful, intrusive government has gotten too large to be tamed.

    I don’t see where it will ever end, except by fiscal collapse.

    I am in my senior years, so maybe I will not be around to see it.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
  3. The core of human conflict is about power, and Ron Paul well points outs its constitutional dangers for the US. ‘The Cold War… justified presidents assuming more unchecked authority in the name of “national security.”’ And the push for a new Cold War runs the risk of the world war the superpowers avoided for half a century.

  4. The Constitution grants Congress the power to provide for the common defense and the general welfare. Article I, Section 8.

    We do neither. We have perpetual wars of offense (that cost us vast sums of money) and never seem to have any money left to provide for the general welfare.

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  5. Jokem says:

    The conflict in Afghanistan is in response to the action of flying airliners into our buildings.

    I agree we ought to handle that better, but bungling the effort is not the same as a war of aggression.

  6. gay troll says:

    Good thoughts by Dr. Paul. There is some tension between his analysis of presidential power and the meme that presidents have no real power (because they are controlled by the deep state). Thus, although the office of the President has been vested with unconstitutional authority, the occupant of that office is really just a puppet for hidden hands. The executive has claimed too much power, but it avoids accountability through the endless succession of its puppets.

    The undue power of the executive is the reason presidential elections have become so acrimonious. If the presidency respected its constitutional mandate, the political persuasion of the President would not feel like a life and death issue to so many Americans. In 2020 we have reached the breaking point: a two party chokehold with each party believing the other is literally evil. Of course we don’t want evil individuals controlling the unconstitutional powers of the presidency. But we must recognize that the emphasis on partisanship and personality in our elections conceals the real power that abuses this country and the entire world. They are the deep state and they are in thrall to the prospective “third” temple of Zion.

    There is no lesser of two evils; that is pure Hegelian dialectic.

  7. macilrae says:

    science has demonstrated that most masks are ineffective at preventing the spread of a virus.

    This is an instance were the assumed omniscience of physicians can be quite tedious – and I have huge respect for Dr. Paul.

    In fact scientific opinion has switched from saying that face masks are of little use to strongly advocating them. East Asians have long believed in masks and have worn them when they have, themselves, had a cold or flu to prevent others getting sick – a good level of social responsibility which we in the west would do well to emulate.

    Now Singapore has a highly efficient bureaucracy and therefore their published COVID19 data are more reliable than most countries. 59,000 Singaporians (pop 5.9M) have been infected but only 26 have died from COVID19. If you compare UK (pop 62M) with 1.3M infections and 52,000 deaths* you have to ask “What is the difference?” It seems to me that getting an answer to this question is of vital importance!

    I have seen “younger population”, “less obesity”, “High fish diet – i.e. vitamin D” and “genetics” as suggested reasons but there is another possible reason. Face masks do not necessarily prevent infection but they can probably reduce its severity – because the viral dosage is reduced. Singaporians are as famous for obeying rules as British are for flouting them – they wear masks almost universally and nobody complains. When they do catch the bug they get a less severe case of COVID19.

    Until this can be confirmed we’d do well to assume it is true. Also, some of these ‘fashion statement’ masks have large pores and are next to useless – we need to wear ‘approved’ masks; preferably the general issue type or even the N95s.

    *one in a hundred Singaporians have so far been infected and about one in fifty Brits – not such a huge difference in infection rate but look at the mortality difference – about a thousand times higher.

    Medical science also shows that wearing a mask for extended periods of time can cause health problems. For example, mask wearing interferes with proper breathing. Long-term mask wearing may also cause serious dental problems

    I say “tough cheese”. I abhor the misguided and demented view that face masks are somehow an invasion of our imagined ‘freedoms’ – take a look at the real invasions!

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