The Obama administration continues a trend begun by his predecessor, President Bush, to concentrate power in the Executive Branch. Recent moves to rule by fiat are especially disturbing – ignoring the War Powers Act, selective enforcement of immigration law, and selective enforcement by the DOJ in general. Apart from obvious damage to the rule of law, an overweening Executive also contributes to the polarization of American politics.
America needs a multi-party government. Fiscally responsible Democrats must split from their socialist wing. Moderate Republicans must divorce the religious right. For good measure, we could add a Green party. Congress is designed for power sharing, but the Executive is not.
America’s two-party system, with its nightmare gridlock and polarization, is enforced by competition for the presidency. If either side produces a strong third-party candidate, this is guaranteed to “split the vote” and hand victory to the other side.
We the people, with Congress and the courts, must take steps to check the growing power of the presidency. Otherwise, we will have continuing polarization – and a king.