posted on Nov, 12 2006 @ 01:25 PM
I've always wondered that, if we were in a war, would it be a good idea to grant the president, or another executive, sort of "wartime" powers
where alot of the checks on his power would be removed to give him more control of the situation. This would also allow decisions to be made as
quickly as possible without the slow decision making process of congress and such. The executive would have alot of checks on his power removed, yet
not all, and this power would be taken away after a war is over.
However, the only problem is when you get someone in power that is not the most trustworthy man, and would use this all to his own end. It would not
have to be the president, maybe the Chief of Staff, or vice-president, etc. The only extra powers that would be granted to him, however, would just
be ones related to the war effort.
I think when some people earlier were talking about George Washington as fascist, or how some of you interpreted it, they were talking about when he
first became president there was no limit as to how long a president could serve, he could have served for life, but he stepped down after two terms.
He did so because he did not want to abuse power or the american people. This then became the precedent as to how long a president could serve, until
Kind of off topic a little.
But that's my say.