Positions of Power

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    As it is a universal truth that positions of power will always attract those most inclined to abuse that power, doesn't it make the most sense to SEVERELY limit the power that any one individual may wield?

    Doesn't it make sense to limit the prerogative that any individual in power may wield over others? Isn't this the basis of American government?
     
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    I dont think the founders would have liked no comander in chief.

    freedom is not the easy route , for some its not it them.


    I love freedom and so did the founders which is why they gave us the government and constitution they did give us.

    They never promised that it would change the heart of human kind.
     
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    This is one of the objectives of The Constitution and a system based on Rule of Law instead of the Power of Thugs.

    Sadly, the Thugs have been quite successful in dismantling rule of law lately.
     
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    What about those in government who do the same? That's the problem.
     
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    I don't know that power attracts those inclined to abuse it, I do believe that temptation is always with us. That is why we have checks and balances, transparency, and disclosure. Power by consent is justified by circumstance, in part. The more we realize that, the better we can tailor it, and direct it.
     
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    "I dont think the founders would have liked no comander in chief"

    depends on the founder. Certainly those that supported a limited government would not have approved of perpetual war, and the unfortunate side effect of a president serving perpetually in that function
     
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    "What about those in government who do the same? That's the problem."

    Oppressive governance is a problem whether it comes from the power of state, the power of mob, or the power of monied influence
     
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    Well then there you have it.

    Looks like government people demanding other people pay extra to the government without doing so themselves fit your definition. So what do you think should be done about it?
     
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    "demanding other people pay extra to the government without doing so themselves"

    if you mean the wealthy, that is in line with classical capitalist economics. it would be great if we all could pay less taxes. It would be great if we did not aspire to be a worldwide empire, but since we do, that is the price we pay
     
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    I call Shenanigans.

    Please provide some evidence that "Demanding Other People Pay Extra For Government While Exempting Themselves" is part of classical capitalist economics.
     
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