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Trump’s Dictatorial Tendencies – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Trump’s Dictatorial Tendencies
by Jacob G. Hornberger

August 12, 2020

We have seen President Trump’s dictatorial tendencies in the past, such as when he diverted Pentagon slush money to build his Berlin Wall along the border, or when he launched his vicious and destructive trade war against China, or when he raised taxes (i.e., tariffs) on the American people. All of these actions were done without congressional authorization, which is what dictatorship is all about.

We live under a type of governmental system in which it is the responsibility of Congress to enact the laws, it is the responsibility of the president to carry out the laws, and it is the responsibility of the courts to interpret the laws. Under our system of government, neither the president nor the Supreme Court has the legal authority to enact the laws.

That’s the principle that Trump continues to violate. He likes the way things are done in dictatorial regimes, like China, Russia, Cuba, and North Korea. In his mind, he doesn’t need a Congress or a Supreme Court. He’s convinced that he knows best and that he wields the authority to do whatever he wants in the interests of the nation … or in the interests of his reelection.

In the run-up to the November elections, Trump is at it again. After fruitless negotiations with congressional Democrats to come up with a new “stimulus” package, Trump has once again decided that he doesn’t need Congress anyway. So, in the classic fashion that characterizes dictators everywhere, he has decided to simply issue executive decrees to provide largess to American voters....
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