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A Return to Effective Leadership

A Return to Effective Leadership

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by Chris Cannon, 6-term US Representative

Clawback USA is focused on a vital problem within our government today: that Congress has failed to maintain its Constitutionally-mandated powers and role in the United States government.

The Founding Fathers intended that three branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – would have distinct roles and would balance each other so no branch would become superior or all-powerful. Of particular concern was that the Executive Branch should not become so powerful as to become like a king or dictator.

Chris Cannon (Utah) served 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

By Chris Cannon, 6-term US Representative

Chris Cannon (Utah) served 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Clawback USA is focused on a vital problem within our government today: that Congress has failed to maintain its Constitutionally-mandated powers and role in the United States government.

The Founding Fathers intended that three branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – would have distinct roles and would balance each other so no branch would become superior or all-powerful. Of particular concern was that the Executive Branch should not become so powerful as to become like a king or dictator.

However, over the last 100 years, Congress has let the Executive Branch (the President) take more and more power to itself, reducing Congress to a lesser role. By elevating the ability of the President to make sweeping changes on domestic issues, foreign relations, military actions, economic policies, public lands, spending, debt, and even war, Congress has let its role a check and balance slip away.

This is not a commentary only on the current conflicts in Washington, D.C. The situation has been building for over a century. Congress has escalated its own infighting and has let go of many of its powers and responsibilities. Previous Presidents have taken up those powers to the point that now our government is critically out of balance.

Today, any short-sighted or agenda-driven President could burden this nation with unnecessary debt, strip down our military, weaken our economy, undermine our standing in the world, and even promote cultural and economic divisions among American citizens. Whereas a thoughtful President could spur our economy, strengthen our military, take a significant role in world affairs, and unite Americans in our goal to be a great and successful free nation.

But no single President should have that much influence. Our country will sway to and fro in security or lack thereof, in prosperity or lack thereof, essentially with every change in our presidency.

However, over the last 100 years, Congress has let the Executive Branch (the President) take more and more power to itself, reducing Congress to a lesser role. By elevating the ability of the President to make sweeping changes on domestic issues, foreign relations, military actions, economic policies, public lands, spending, debt, and even war, Congress has let its role a check and balance slip away.

This is not a commentary only on the current conflicts in Washington, D.C. The situation has been building for over a century. Congress has escalated its own infighting and has let go of many of its powers and responsibilities. Previous Presidents have taken up those powers to the point that now our government is critically out of balance.

Today, any short-sighted or agenda-driven President could burden this nation with unnecessary debt, strip down our military, weaken our economy, undermine our standing in the world, and even promote cultural and economic divisions among American citizens. Whereas a thoughtful President could spur our economy, strengthen our military, take a significant role in world affairs, and unite Americans in our goal to be a great and successful free nation.

But no single President should have that much influence. Our country will sway to and fro in security or lack thereof, in prosperity or lack thereof, essentially with every change in our presidency.

What is to be done? This site outlines our vital recommendations

For a deeper discussion of these and related issues, see a 12-part Hillsdale College lecture series titled, “Congress: How It Worked and Why It Doesn’t.” It's online, free to watch, and goes into much greater detail: https://online.hillsdale.edu/landing/congress

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