Over the past few decades, Presidents have gone to great lengths to empower the Executive Branch of government. They have waged war without consent from Congress. They have built a massive surveillance state that collects its citizen’s private information. And in 2012, Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which now gives presidents the ability to indefinitely detain or kill US citizens who are suspected of being terrorists. Shortly after the 2012 NDAA was passed, Obama used it to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, a suspected terrorist, and his 16-year old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. When Obama’s Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, was asked about the NDAA being used to kill a minor, he suggested that Abdulrahman should have “had a more responsible father.”
After decades of presidents signing new laws that trample on the US Constitution, the immense power has shifted to someone that many people fear. However, the liberals that vehemently oppose Trump and are afraid of how he might use his power, have no one to blame but themselves. They turned the other way for 8 straight years while Obama diminished the individual freedoms of all US citizens. He violated the 5th and 6th Amendments when he signed the 2012 NDAA. He violated the 4th Amendment when he renewed that Patriot Act to spy on citizens. He violated the 10th Amendment by transferring more power to himself and away from the states. If he would have had time, I’m sure he would have violated the 2nd Amendment as well.
Where was the outrage from the left when Obama was taking away their freedoms? Was it a failure of the media they consume or did they really not care because it was their guy? Now they are terrified of Trump’s power while they just got done celebrating the guy who gave it to him. I am not pro-Trump or anti-Trump, but I believe it should be every citizens duty to preserve their individual freedoms, no matter who is in office. It worries me that any president has this much power over its citizens. If the wrong president got their hands on the power to kill and detain citizens without due process, they could easily go after their political enemies for being a threat to the state, or in other words, a “terrorist”.
The day after Trump was elected he released some of the actions he would take during his first 100 days in office. He had this to say about the constitution:
Additionally, on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
* FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama
Whether you are a Trump supporter, a Trump hater or indifferent, it is important that we hold him to his word. The excess power that presidents have given themselves in the past few decades needs to be taken away and the US Constitution should be restored.