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Are We Expecting Too Much of Trump? Washington’s BIG Obstacles Await Him

The voters who support Trump believe he will accomplish the goals and objectives that he has articulated if he is elected president.  They feel he will punish and/or discipline the administration and the House and Senate, as he has bloviated.  Yet, one must wonder why Trump’s apparently attractive goals and objectives have not already been achieved.  Why is that?  They had not been achieved because of the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, Separation of Governmental Powers, and Existing Federal Law.

When the Founding Fathers established these rules of governance, they did so with considerable fear of an all-powerful, centralized, ruling, Federal Government.  So the Federal Government’s powers were limited to those specifically expressed in the Founding Documents – and the documents as amended via the process outlined in the Constitution.  The Founders intended for most of the government power to be vested in the states, with the Federal Government doing only those things that the states could not do – such as national defense, settling disputes between states, regulating currency, regulating international relations and trade, etc.  The Founders never intended for the Federal Government to be so ubiquitously involved in every aspect of American life, industry, economy, etc.

So why haven’t all of the populistic Trump ideas to  “Make America Great Again ” already been put into existence.  The reason is that it is very difficult to pass legislation – and especially so when it is in violation of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, preceding laws and regulations, and Supreme Court rulings.  In a nutshell, Trump won’t be able to do most of the things he advocates for the very same reasons.  Experienced and educated politicians know this, which explains why they are so vehemently opposed to the election of Trump on the basis of his unattainable and unrealistic and unconstitutional goals and objectives.  A significant segment of the voting public are being “conned” by The Donald.

Take Obama, for example.  He has accomplished very little despite his lofty intentions.  And he has had to resort to executive orders and questionable administrative practices, often subsequently ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.  Even in 2009, his first year in office, when Obama had a Democrat controlled House and Senate, he was unable to achieve much – and only succeeded in ramming through ObamaCare via virtual deception and manipulation – much to the chagrin of the American people.

Folks – Trump will run into the same barriers as past presidents.  Like other politicians, he will eventually be deemed a failure for accomplishing little.  So if you’re voting for Trump because of his bombastic articulation of unachievable goals and objectives, you’re being deceived.  You are being duped, perhaps innocently, by a man who has run businesses as a virtual autocrat.  That won’t happen in Washington.

Our Constitution, Bill Of Rights, Separation of Powers, Federal Laws, and Supreme Court have given our nation the longest lasting and most durable Democratic Republic in the history of the world – and a standard of living for our people that is unprecedented.  Whether Hillary or Donald are elected president, the country will change very little, and what will change will be achieved gradually.  Accordingly, voters should be selecting candidates based on their ability to affect achievable and worthwhile goals and objectives, under our system of governance. 

In God we must trust . . . but we must always do our part – to secure and promote the truth and a better way – to protect our freedom and interests – and to defend our competitive, free-market, constitutional, free-enterprise system – and our Judeo-Christian American-Way and Prosperity Machine.

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William Pauwels

William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.