And so we have a new President and tens of millions of Americans are disgusted, disappointed and many are deeply fearful at the prospect of a Trump Presidency.
Add to this, many non Americans are worrying about Trump being the Commander in Chief of a massive superpower.
But I am here to assure you, relax, its not that bad, you really don’t have to worry – the role of President isn’t actually that powerful.
America has a magnificent system of checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution that make sure no one individual or branch of government gets too powerful.
We have this impression that the President has complete control of all matters relating to the military, to the budget and to the laws that govern us.. but this is a myth. The role of the President is severely limited, President Trump, just like President Obama, will have to work with the Congress, with the Senate and with us Americans.
Rather than order people around, a President has to influence and persuade, and quite often their plans are dramatically changed or even defeated. And in the Senate, though the Republicans are in the majority, its slim. And a raft of Senators have come out in opposition of Trump, making his task even harder. Plus he has zero political experience, and much more significantly has spent decades ordering people around and is used to getting things done his way. He isn’t accustomed to the bureaucratic inertia of Washington, or having to answer to others. His new bosses are the Republican leadership, 100 Senators, 435 Representatives and the American people.
And then there is the Supreme Court, which has the power to annul, to declare invalid an Executive Action made by the President. But wait, isn’t Trump going to appoint Supreme Court Justices that will support him? Again we have a check in place, any appointment must be approved by the Senate, through an exhaustive process including Senate Judiciary Committee based work and debates on the Senate floor.
And if that isn’t enough limitations on the Presidency, there is also public opinion. One of the most popular Presidents of the 20th century was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who tried to increase the number of Supreme Court Justices. And so significant was the public opposition that Congress were forced to reject the reform. ‘We the people..’ have considerable power.
So don’t worry too much about a Trump Presidency, he really can’t do that much. And I predict he will actually find the whole process frustrating and will be glad to be out of office in four years time.
And lets be thankful for our Constitution, this beautiful and amazing document that protects us from the abuse of power.