Trump, Biden and why the regal presidency perpetually disappoints voters

Source: Washington Post
by George F Will

“What the nation will most need from the presidency in 2025 is less of it. But both the incumbent and his predecessor intend to intensify the anti-constitutional executive aggrandizement that has become a bipartisan tradition. … Theodore Roosevelt, brimming with an energy born of supreme self-confidence, believed presidents are entitled to do whatever they are not explicitly forbidden to do. What he did because of animal spirits, Woodrow Wilson did from intellectual conviction. … Modern presidents change the Constitution by repeatedly violating it. Repetition — e.g., waging war without Congress’s assent, or spending unauthorized funds — becomes self-legitimizing. It is no longer transgressive: Because of common practice, there no longer is a rule to transgress.” (05/10/24)