(UnitedVoice.com) – In just one week, Joe Biden managed to do something no other president even contemplated in American history. For 18 months, then-candidate Biden promised to undo the Trump presidency and unite America at the same time. However, instead of working with Congress, Biden is marching to the beat of his own drum, and in doing so, is performing a hostile takeover of America.
That’s causing concern not just among conservatives but also among liberals. On Thursday, January 28, the New York Times editorial board told Joe to slow down. That’s odd since the Times despised former President Trump’s agenda and advocated for its quick replacement. Nonetheless, the Times points out a serious problem. In less than 10 days, Biden set a record and signed a whopping 40 executive orders with more to come.
Today, we are witnessing a hostile presidential takeover of America as President Biden enacts a far-left agenda to strip America of its energy independence and jobs and redefines societal norms and morals. He’s taking action alone instead of working with Congress to pass laws, and that’s not in the spirit of the US Constitution.
Biden isn’t the first president to do this, and he won’t be the last. However, he is the first to move at such a neck-break speed. So, it begs the question, what is the president’s purpose, and is what’s happening today appropriate in our system of government?
What’s the Purpose of the Presidency?
In Federalist No. 70, James Madison argued that America needs a strong executive to ensure good government. The Constitution’s writer said bad execution of the government (meaning the enforcement of laws Congress enacts and management of foreign affairs) is bad government.
It seems like common sense, but is it?
Madison’s definition of “strong” is very different from the modern one, which centralizes power in the president, who often ignores Congress and creates new laws in the form of regulations in some instances.
According to the fourth President of the United States, the following ingredients create the purpose of the presidency:
- Adequate Provision of its Support
- Competent Powers
So, if a president unites the people for an extended period, creates majority support for his agenda to pass in Congress, and does so with restraint and respect for the co-equal branches of government, it’s good government.
If not, it’s hostile.
The Hostile Takeover
Former President Barack Obama, frustrated at Congress’s inaction and unwillingness to enact his legislative agenda, threatened in a State of the Union speech to use his phone and pen to do what Congress wouldn’t — and he did. And now, Biden is carrying on the tradition, to the extreme.
As a candidate for president, Biden unequivocally stated that only dictators do things by executive order. Where’s that guy now? Worse still, on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that some of Trump’s actions were immoral. That’s highly subjective. It’s rational to think that the Trump administration and 70 million Americans also believe Biden’s actions are immoral. Funding abortion overseas, thousands or millions of energy jobs on the line — these actions are subject to the stroke of the president’s pen.
So, it appears that Madison’s ideas regarding good executive government are true regardless of who holds the Office of the President. One week in, American lives and livelihoods are on the line, and there’s only one person responsible for it. If this keeps up, the four pillars of good executive government will deteriorate into nothing.
Let’s hope Biden realizes what he’s doing and reverses course.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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