“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We are beginning to see a president finding his power, and feeling even less restrained by the norms that have governed all prior administrations.
Our founding fathers feared a president who acted without restraint. They feared a tyrant. And so they created a divided government, imposing on the House of Representatives the right and obligation to restrain a president who abused his power. But today, the GOP members of the House of Representatives are weak and feckless. They let the President do anything he chooses to do. And this President is not restrained by the norms that have kept prior presidents – even those who at their core were corruptible – from fully abusing the power of the office. This week we learned that those norms will not restrain Trump. No previous president has ever weaponized security clearances to silence dissent, or used clearances as tools to advance political objectives. Trump crossed a critical line this week – placing his political and personal interests ahead of the country’s security – and he is just scratching the surface of the true of the power of the office he holds.
Tom McClintock has abdicated his constitutional duty to serve as a check on the power of the President. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.