…comes great fear of what those in charge will do with that power. This excerpt from a column four years ago is even more pertinent today than it was then:
The mere fact that presidential elections matter this much is not a sign of national health but of national dysfunction. The more the federal government gets involved in every aspect of our lives — for good or ill — the more people will feel that their livelihoods, lifestyles, even their actual lives are at stake in a presidential election. If the federal government didn’t have so much leverage over your life, politicians wouldn’t be able to scare you into the voting booths…
The rule seems to be runaway executive power is good, so long as my guy is in power.
That’s a dangerous principle.