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How Biden could use Trump's executive orders as an excuse for his own overreach

Published in Blog on November 14, 2020 by Convention Of States

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The election hasn't been officially decided, but former Vice President Joe Biden is already forecasting his plans to run the country via executive order. 

The latest evidence comes courtesy of National Public Radio, which ran a piece on how Biden's advisors are encouraging their boss to follow Trump's example and act on immigration, energy, and the environment via executive fiat:

... two men who helped run the Obama White House are urging him to follow President Trump's example in a specific way: by unapologetically leaning on executive actions to implement key policies.

The advice from former Obama chiefs of staff Rahm Emanuel and Denis McDonough comes as Biden prepares to enter office with an agenda potentially stalled by a closely divided Congress: a much smaller House majority than expected and a 50-50 Senate, at best.

"There is — as President Trump himself has demonstrated with the consent, quite obvious consent of Republicans in Congress – an enormous amount of leeway for the president to institute executive action on things like immigration and energy and climate policy," said McDonough, who served as chief of staff for much of Obama's second term.

In other words, Joe Biden will pass an avalanche of executive orders and use President Trump's executive orders as an excuse for doing so.

It is true that President Trump has used executive orders to get things done when Congress refuses to act. Whether you agreed with those moves or not, one thing is undeniable: the power of the executive branch is growing -- and there's no sign of slowing down.

Each new president uses the precedent set by his predecessor as new reason to expand his own power. Over the decades, the president's power has grown far beyond the bounds of the Constitution, and We the People have no say in the matter.

It's time to reassert our right to self-governance and limit the power of the executive branch. The president will never limit his own power, which is why We the People must call an Article V Convention of States.

A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments. These amendments can clarify the limit role of the president in our country, and put the White House back in its constitutional box.

The president shouldn't be able to govern "with his pen and his phone." All domestic policy should run through Congress, where the peoples' representatives have a voice. With a Convention of States, we can reassert that founding principle and restore a country of, by, and for the people. 

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