Several years ago, Lew Rockwell gave a speech highlighting the incredible overgrowth of power in the American presidency. He makes the case that since the nation’s inception, the highest office in the land has grown ever higher, leeching power from other branches of government and stealing the very popular liberties it ought to guard.
The US presidency is perpetually less accountable, Rockwell continues, and indeed “the world’s leading evil. It is the chief mischief-maker in every part of the globe, the leading wrecker of nations, the usurer behind Third-World debt, the bailer-out of corrupt governments, the hand in many dictatorial gloves, the sponsor and sustainer of the New World Order, of wars, interstate and civil, of famine and disease.” Presidents which wreak the most havoc, such as Lincoln, are the most honored, while those who least expand the powers of their office become “postage stamp presidents,” all but forgotten by our citizenry.
The proper antidote, Rockwell concludes, is to make the presidency once again nearly invisible, controlled by the law and constantly brought under inspection and criticism. Read the whole speech here.Published in