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Congress Blindsides Trump With Plans To Stop His Agenda, New Sanctions And New Strategy

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It might sometimes feel like all hope is lost. Ever since Donald J. Trump became President of the United States and leader of the free world, there has been little positivity for those on the left of American politics to hang on to. However, a recent New York Times op-ed sheds light on this area in a way that no one had done before:

With Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives and the Mueller investigation seemingly coming to a conclusion as well, Mr. Trump will likely be held to account, in one form or another. But it’s important to remember that the “imperial presidency” will outlive any one president unless more is done to institute real checks and balances on the office itself. Congress has the most effective means of putting new limits on the White House through oversight. Many of the tools that Congress needs are right in front of it — holding serious hearings about the material in a Mueller report or making sure that legislation like the National Emergency Act is enforced — but it must use them.

If Mr. Trump invokes emergency power to build a wall, Congress needs to respond by passing legislation that will take back some of the power it granted in 1976. Most important, reforming presidential power will fall on the shoulders of voters. In the end, the most effective check on presidential power is to elect presidents who will exercise their authority with some restraint and respect our democratic institutions. That is the choice voters will have in 2020.

These guys are absolutely on the money here. This article was written by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer, who are both professors at Princeton and co-authors of a book on the recent political history of the United States. They are absolutely correct about the sheer power that Congressional Democrats have, ever since they retook control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections that took place in November of last year. It is imperative that those powerful Democrats use the tools available to them to hinder the President’s disruptive executive orders and totally destructive attempts at forcing policy through the checks and balances required by our political system. And, as they say, the American public must not pass up the golden opportunity presented by the presidential election of next year, in which we need another Blue Wave to remove this President from the Oval Office once and for all.


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