The President Is A King
September 27, 2012 by Bob Livingston
After years of bristling under the rule of a monarchy, Americans were loath to create another. Antifederalist Philadelphiensis warned that the U.S. Constitution was creating an executive with even more power than a king.
In Antifederalist 74 he wrote: “[T]hat the President is a King to all intents and purposes, and at the same time one of the most dangerous kind too — an elective King, the commander in chief of a standing army, etc. And to those add, that he has a negative power over the proceedings of both branches of the legislature. And to complete his uncontrolled sway, he is neither restrained nor assisted by a privy council, which is a novelty in government. I challenge the politicians of the whole continent to find in any period of history a monarch more absolute.”
Now we have perpetual war, a growing Homeland Security apparatus that has compiled enough ammunition to shoot every American five times over and a President who ignores Congress and rules by executive order. It seems Philadelphiensis had it right.