Limited Government’s Last Stand

Assuming that today’s New York Primary is indicative of the ultimate outcome of the presidential race in both major parties, America’s choice in November is likely to be between two believers in an imperial presidency. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the respective Democratic and Republican frontrunners, seem to hold expansive views of the powers of the presidency. While Clinton’s position is a traditional liberal/progressive one in which big government must do whatever it takes to advance its agenda, Trump has made no secret of his belief that he would ignore the normal constraints on governmental actions. The voters will be able to pick between the two on the basis of a host of differences, but when it comes to fidelity to the constitution’s strictures aimed at limiting the power of government, there may be little to choose between Clinton and Trump. That’s why yesterday’s oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of U.S. v. Texas were so crucial.

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Limited Government’s Last Stand

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