US Presidents Have Successively Deemed The Constitution Void to Expand Their Powers
Presidents carry immense power. Anything that they do cannot be termed as illegal. They barely give up on power and their executive orders do not expire at the end of their presidential term. Every successful candidate who issued the first executive order has tried to expand the power and reach of the presidency. The constitution offers very limited powers to the president for serving as chief of military forces, for making treaties, granting pardons, for veto legislation as well as for appointing ambassadors. However, during the recent years, the American presidents have anointed themselves for torturing prisoners, for waging war, for stripping the citizens of their rights, for unilaterally killing Americans, for detaining citizens and for erecting their own shadow, secretive government.
The powers vested in the hands of one president get passed on to the heir and it does not really make a difference whether it is Clinton or Trump who would get to occupy the Oval office. The powers accumulated by the successor through the negligence of courts and Congress add up to a toolbox of trepidation which empowers the president to act as a dictator who does not have any accountability and consider oneself above the law. The presidential powers are acquired through the use of memorandums, decrees, policymaking orders, security directives and edicts. These can be activated by any sitting president that has powered the predecessors to operate beyond the reach of constitution and above law.
- The power to kill
President Obama claimed to adhere to rule of law and promised transparency in the process when he took oath for the first time. He however has become the first president to claim the authority to order the killing of an American citizen without any involvement of the judiciary, public accountability or real oversight.
- The power to wage a war
Ever since George W Bush was offered the authorization by the congress for using military process during 9/11, the country has been involved in an endless state of war without making any official declaration. Barack Obama pledged to end the wars. However, he only ended up extending them. He has now become a president who has been at war longer than any president of America. He will leave a legacy behind of being the only American President in history for serving two terms with nation at war. He has been successful in establishing an ear of unbridled war without carrying out any checks.