Dictator for Life: The Rise of the American Imperial President
By John W. Whitehead - March 08, 2018

“The presidency will survive. The real question is what leads American presidents into the imperial temptation. When the American presidency conceives itself as the appointed savior of a world in which mortal danger requires rapid and incessant deployment of men, weapons, and decisions behind a wall of secrecy, power rushes from Capitol Hill to the White House.”—Historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

I’m not a fan of Communist China.

It’s a vicious totalitarian regime that routinely employs censorship, surveillance, and brutal police state tactics to intimidate its populace, maintain its power, and expand the largesse of its corporate elite.

Just recently, in fact, China banned the use of the word “disagree,” as well as references to George Orwell’s novels Animal Farm and 1984. What’s really Orwellian, however, is China’s plan to use surveillance to create a “citizen score” that determines one’s place in society based on one’s loyalty to the government.

China—an economic and political powerhouse that owns more of America’s debt than any other country and is buying up American businesses across the spectrum— now plans to make its president, Xi Jinping, president for life.

President Trump thinks that’s a great idea.

Trump thinks the idea of having a president for life is so great, in fact, that America might want to move in that direction. “Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday,” said Trump to a roomful of supporters.

Here’s the thing: we already have a president for life.

Sure, the names and faces and parties have changed over the years, but really, when you drill down under the personalities and political theater, you’ll find that the changing names and faces are merely cosmetic: no matter who sits on the throne, the office of the president of the United States has, for all intents and purposes, become a unilateral power unto itself.

Although the Constitution invests the President with very specific, limited powers, in recent years, American presidents (Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc.) have claimed the power to completely and almost unilaterally alter the landscape of this country for good or for ill.

The powers amassed by each successive president through the negligence of Congress and the courts—powers which add up to a toolbox of terror for an imperial ruler—empower whomever occupies the Oval Office to act as a dictator, above the law and beyond any real accountability.

The presidency itself has become an imperial one with permanent powers.

As law professor William P. Marshall explains, “every extraordinary use of power by one President expands the availability of executive branch power for use by future Presidents.” Moreover, it doesn’t even matter whether other presidents have chosen not to take advantage of any particular power, because “it is a President’s action in using power, rather than forsaking its use, that has the precedential significance.”

In other words, each successive president continues to add to his office’s list of extraordinary orders and directives, expanding the reach and power of the presidency and granting him- or herself near dictatorial powers.

So you see, we have been saddled with a “president for life”—i.e., a dictator for life—for some time now.

This abuse of presidential powers has been going on for so long that it has become the norm, the Constitution be damned.

The government of laws idealized by John Adams has fallen prey to a government of men.

As a result, we no longer have a system of checks and balances.

“The system of checks and balances that the Framers envisioned now lacks effective checks and is no longer in balance,” concludes Marshall. “The implications of this are serious. The Framers designed a system of separation of powers to combat government excess and abuse and to curb incompetence. They also believed that, in the absence of an effective separation-of-powers structure, such ills would inevitably follow. Unfortunately, however, power once taken is not easily surrendered.”

All of the imperial powers amassed by Barack Obama and George W. Bush—to kill American citizens without due process, to detain suspects indefinitely, to strip Americans of their citizenship rights, to carry out mass surveillance on Americans without probable cause, to suspend laws during wartime, to disregard laws with which he might disagree, to conduct secret wars and convene secret courts, to sanction torture, to sidestep the legislatures and courts with executive orders and signing statements, to direct the military to operate beyond the reach of the law, to operate a shadow government, and to act as a dictator and a tyrant, above the law and beyond any real accountability—were inherited by Donald Trump.

These presidential powers—acquired through the use of executive orders, decrees, memorandums, proclamations, national security directives and legislative signing statements and which can be activated by any sitting president—enable past, president and future presidents to operate above the law and beyond the reach of the Constitution.

These are the powers that will be passed along to each successive heir to the Oval Office.

After all, presidents don’t give up power.

And executive orders don’t expire at the end of each presidential term.

This is what you might call a stealthy, creeping, silent, slow-motion coup d’etat.

We’ve been losing our freedoms so incrementally for so long—sold to us in the name of national security and global peace, maintained by way of martial law disguised as law and order, and enforced by a standing army of militarized police and a political elite determined to maintain their powers at all costs—that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it all started going downhill, but we’re certainly on that downward trajectory now, and things are moving fast.

A handful of us have been warning for years about this growing danger posed by the Executive Branch with its presidential toolbox of terror that could be used—and abused—by future presidents.

The groundwork, we warned, was being laid for a new kind of government where it won’t matter if you’re innocent or guilty, whether you’re a threat to the nation or even if you’re a citizen.

What will matter is what the president—or whoever happens to be occupying the Oval Office at the time—thinks. And if he or she thinks you’re a threat to the nation and should be locked up, then you’ll be locked up with no access to the protections our Constitution provides.

In effect, you will disappear.

Our warnings went largely unheeded.

First, we sounded the alarm over George W. Bush’s attempts to gut the Constitution, suspend habeas corpus, carry out warrantless surveillance on Americans, and generally undermine the Fourth Amendment, but the Republicans didn’t want to listen because Bush was a Republican.

Then we sounded the alarm over Barack Obama’s prosecution of whistleblowers, targeted drone killings, assassinations of American citizens, mass surveillance, and militarization of the police, but the Democrats didn’t want to listen because Obama was a Democrat and he talked a really good game.

Donald Trump has already picked up where his predecessors left off: he has continued to wage war, he has continued to federalize the police, and he operates as if the Constitution does not apply to him.

From Clinton to Bush, then Obama and now Trump, it’s as if we’ve been caught in a time loop, forced to re-live the same abuses over and over again: the same assaults on our freedoms, the same disregard for the rule of law, the same subservience to the Deep State, and the same corrupt, self-serving government that exists only to amass power, enrich its shareholders and ensure its continued domination.

As tempting as it may be to lay all the blame at Trump’s feet for the totalitarian state of the nation right now, remember that he didn’t create the police state.

He merely inherited it, along with the dictatorial powers of the presidency.

So if you’re looking for someone to blame when the nation eventually locks down…

If you’re looking for someone to blame when Americans are rounded up and detained based on the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, or their political views…

If you’re looking for someone to blame when law-and-order takes precedence over constitutional principles…

If you’re looking for someone to blame when martial law is eventually declared…

If you’re looking for someone to blame when there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide from the surveillance state’s prying eyes and ears…

And if you’re looking for someone to blame when our constitutional republic finally plunges headlong over the cliff and leaves us in the iron grip of totalitarianism…

Blame the Imperial President, our so-called President for Life.

Blame the Republicans and Democrats who justified every power grab, every expansion of presidential powers, and every attack on the Constitution as long as it was a member of their own party leading the charge.

Blame Congress for being a weak, inept body that spends more time running for office and pandering to the interests of the monied elite than representing the citizenry.

Blame the courts for caring more about order than justice, and for failing to hold government officials—especially the president—accountable to the rule of law.

Blame Corporate America for taking control of the government and calling the shots behind the scenes.

Most of all, blame the American people for putting up with this travesty for so long and continuing to blindly pull the levers for the president of their choice instead of vehemently protesting the excesses and abuses of the White House.

So where does that leave us?

We’d better stop hanging our hopes on a political savior to rescue us from the clutches of an imperial president.

It’s possible that the next president might be better, but then again, he or she could be far worse.

Remember, presidential elections merely serve to maintain the status quo. Once elected president, that person becomes part of the dictatorial continuum that is the American imperial presidency today.

Unfortunately, the process of unseating a dictator and limiting the powers of the presidency is far from simple but at a minimum, it must start with “we the people.”

If we are to return to a constitutional presidency, we must recalibrate the balance of power.

The first step is to start locally—in your own communities, in your schools, at your city council meetings, in newspaper editorials, at protests—by pushing back against laws that are unjust, police departments that overreach, politicians that don’t listen to their constituents, and a system of government that grows more tyrannical by the day.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the only thing that will save us now is a concerted, collective commitment to the Constitution’s principles of limited government, a system of checks and balances, and a recognition that they—the president, Congress, the courts, the military, the police, the technocrats and plutocrats and bureaucrats—answer to and are accountable to “we the people.”

This will mean that Americans will have to stop letting their personal politics and party allegiances blind them to government misconduct and power grabs.

It will mean holding all three branches of government accountable to the Constitution (i.e., vote them out of office if they abuse their powers).

And it will mean calling on Congress to put an end to the use of presidential executive orders, decrees, memorandums, proclamations, national security directives and legislative signing statements as a means of getting around Congress and the courts.

Thus far, Congress, with little spine, less integrity and too busy running their own re-election campaigns, has offered little attempt at oversight, enabling the president to ride roughshod over the Constitution.

The media—the perfect accomplice in this stealthy, bloodless coup—continues to inundate us with the latest celebrity scandal, while saying virtually nothing about these burgeoning powers.

All the while, Americans continue to cling to their out-of-date partisan allegiances, allowing themselves to be manipulated by a two-party system whose only purpose is propping up an imperial president.

Yet as historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. points out, “Holding a President to strict accountability requires, first of all, a new attitude on the part of the American people toward their Presidents, or rather a return to the more skeptical attitude of earlier times: it requires, specifically, a decline in reverence… The age of the imperial presidency has produced the idea that run-of-the-mill politicians, brought by fortuity to the White House, must be treated thereafter as if they have become superior and perhaps godlike beings.”

Schlesinger continues:

I would argue that what the country needs today is a little serious disrespect for the office of the presidency; a refusal to give any more weight to a President’s words than the intelligence of the utterance, if spoken by anyone else, would command… If the nation wants to work its way back to a constitutional presidency, there is only one way to begin. That is by showing Presidents that, when their closest associates place themselves above the law and the Constitution, such transgressions will be not forgiven or forgotten for the sake of the presidency but exposed and punished for the sake of the presidency.”

In other words, we’ve got to stop treating the president like a god and start making both the office of the president and the occupant play by the rules of the Constitution.


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  • Alan777

    The next American revolution will be one that gets us back more into a limited form of federal government (especially the executive branch). We need a lot more websites like the Daily Bell that have libertarian messages to educate the largely ignorant populace.

    • LawrenceNeal

      The ignorant won’t read this, because there are no colored pictures.

      • Agree many are already seriously mind effed and cannot actually think rationally any longer. But many millions more have awoken and see it all for what it is in the last few years and many more everyday.

        The Obama years were actually the awakening years when all is said and done. They simply took it all well past too far and extreme and we see daily their policies and illusions created are collapsing.

        Simple stuff actually.

        • Don Duncan

          “The Obama years were actually the awakening years.”
          I woke up in 1954 when my first paycheck was robbed (taxed). I put govt. in the same moral category as the ghetto gangs I had to dodge.
          The farmers who were robbed to pay off the national debt by Hamilton’s Tax Act and who a decade earlier had survived a tax rebellion against King George “woke up” to find nothing had changed.
          People create their own illusions. If they refuse to challenge them, they become delusions.

        • LawrenceNeal

          Personally, I believe the .001% Elite are in over-control of everything, and what we see is designed to distract and divide.

    • That is all happening in spades and has been more than you may fully realize. It is all about the many illusions created by PRAVDA/MSM to mind eff the populace and gain more power for the control freaks in government, and the DSA.

  • alohajim

    Indeed, all true. But it’s not likely that meaningful change will come from within this current system. The people have become too dumbed down, too distracted, too dependent on government and corporations and far too divided. The political process is completely controlled and it’s impossible for any decent human to either get elected or have any impact once elected. Cradle to grave generational brainwashing and mind control have taken their toll. Poverty and distractions are the best ways to control people. Bread and circus’ – nothing’s changed.

    The root of our matrix of moral decay, ingrained and celebrated ignorance, and most all human suffering is the worldwide monetary system of banking families creating ‘currencies’ from nothing. All ‘politicians’ are carefully selected by their banking handlers for their greed, psychopathic tendencies, weaknesses, and lack of any moral conviction. Government at every level is only a tool they use to control the people and steal their labor and wealth – by legitimizing theft and using force against them. Corporations are their ‘business arm’ from which they simply ‘buy’ up the world’s resources, ‘people’, and competition. The media/academia/entertainment complex is their mind control and brainwashing arm that provides cover for their theft, enslavement, and tyranny.

    The only hope that ordinary decent citizens have in truly understanding the matrix we live in would be a series of ‘truth bombs’ that would prompt instant distrust of governments, media, academia, and mega corporations.

    When enough people realize that everything they were taught and know to be true is a lie, trust in this matrix and those who promote it will vanish.

    • LawrenceNeal

      Very well said!

    • Anybody can understand and NOT participate ion the matrix and illusions created for all of us and shoved down our throats ! Not difficult at all.–.html

    • Bruce C.

      I think you give the banksters too much credit. No pun intended.

    • Number 6

      Like a vampire the thing they fear the most is the light of truth, mention which religious group owns most of the banks and the media and watch all the silly and desperate things they say and do, to redirect that sunlight elsewhere, or indeed just outright censorship, which wakes even more people up to the Fact somethings amiss. People are becoming exponentially aware of who’s behind this bread a circus show and the beads of sweat are starting to roll.

  • snow27

    I must admit I was shocked when Trump said that. Why would anyone on earth think the Chinese way of government is the right way? Sure, they sometimes can get things done easier, but at what cost? The Chinese commies are not to be admired or trusted.

    I hope Trump was merely trolling us with that idiotic comment. He does like to catch people off-guard, but I truly hope he was kidding.

    • Bruce C.

      Of course he was kidding, but he said it out of a sense of frustration because the rest of the government aren’t doing their jobs (Congress evading their responsibilities, the courts acting like lawmakers, non-enforcement of existing laws, etc.)

      • Trump’s interpretation of Article 2 of the Constitution isn’t any better than anyone else’s.

    • You completely misunderstand what was said

      • snow27

        Yes, I of course heard this through the fake media, so they likely distorted what he said.

    • Our high tech sector better hope that the Chinese don’t decide to keep their rare earth elements to themselves, especially those from the Mountain Pass mine that they just bought.

  • Eliminate terms limits, provided we also eliminate Article 6’s Christian test ban by which mandatory biblical qualifications (such as found in the following) is also eliminated:

    “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them….” (Exodus 18:21)

    “…Article 2 provides four-year terms for presidents. Amendment 22 limits presidents to two terms. Most people would concede term limits are a good thing when evil men rule. But the question Christians should be asking is whether term limits are Biblical. Consider Solomon’s wisdom:

    ‘For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.’ (Proverbs 28:2)

    “Yahweh intends the term of a ruler who keeps His law to be protracted:

    ‘And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book … that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom….’ (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)

    “The Constitution provides that the United States be ruled by ruler after ruler, which is part of Yahweh’s judgment against our sinful nation. Although term limits prevent corrupt officials from serving any longer than their terms allow, they permit them to serve as long as their terms allow. Term limits are a Band-Aid on a self-inflicted wound. Under Yahweh’s law, provided a man remains Biblically qualified and mentally capable, he would not need to be removed from his bench. Only when a judge – for whatever reason – becomes Biblically unfit, should his term end….”

    For more, see online Chapter 5 “Article 2: Executive Usurpation” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at

  • LawrenceNeal

    What we have at this point is more of a Court Jester.

    • No, what we have now is more like a reasonable person undoing the court jesters insane policies that fomented much of the destruction of our society. Obama, Holder, HIllary, Comey and many other DEM/DSA criminals should all be in jail ! You have it all exactly backasswards.

      Beyond those obvious points, the presidency is NOT the only issue, it is very much about how the many agencies and the bureaucracy can be subverted and distorted to be used as political weapons. Obama put that on steroids and you are in 100% denial or deliberately ignorance ? Perhaps a paid blue troll ?

      This article only hits on a small part of what really exists in politics here in USA today. The bureaucracy itself is seriously corrupted and out of control. Trump is in fact attempting to expose it and resolve it ! And of course the people in that bureaucracy and DSA do not want anything exposed or changed at all ! Criminals never want to be exposed for many valid reasons.

      • Don Duncan

        Reasonal people don’t say “I kept more promises than I made” or “First we take the guns away, then we talk about due process.”
        Self-secure people don’t ask: “Look at these hands, do they look small to you? And believe me I have no other problems either.”

        • I agree Trump could have chosen his words better. But he was referring to the many signs that were present and valid reasons the kid should NOT have had a firearrn or it could have been legally taken because of all his direct threats and over the top comments from him before he killed 17. Trump was not saying to simply start taking peoples firearms with no reason. This kid made many serious threats and comments prior and the simple truth is this event was 100% avoidable. The problem was the bogus policies Obama installed at schools and many sheriffs office as well as the FBI ! Trump knows exactly who he is and obviously is not afraid to say so. It is a good thing for sure.

          • Don Duncan

            Words convey concepts. Trump’s words conveyed a disrespect for due process. The POTUS has no authority over the sheriff or making law. His authority comes from enforcing law others make. Obama drafted a bill to redefine due process as the whim of POTUS (the NDAA), using his political power illegally to pass it. No one stopped him. Not Congress, not the MSM, not the SCOTUS and not the public (his ultimate check). Trump is not unique in his violation of rights and assumption of dictatorial power. Nixon was the first to openly claim the POTUS was above the law or should I say “the law”.

            Trump didn’t say “the kid” could have been stopped by due process. He inferred due process was not enough to protect and should have been ignored, then observed. But you can’t have it both ways. Either the law should be followed or not. Either due process, which is the spirit of the law, is sacred or not.

            When such contradictions occur (routine for politicians), then you can be sure they are no accident. They are not poorly expressed ideas. They are an attempt to be all things to all people, in order to acquire political power.

          • I disagree. I think he simply chose his words poorly . He was not saying to arbitrarily start taking peoples guns without due process. He was saying there were many legal signs and reasons this kid should NOT have had a gun and this event was easily avoidable. Also that once the kid made many threats he could have legally had his guns taken and should have

            The greater point is that every agency and existing DEM policy failed miserably and the entire event was in fact easily avoidable !

          • I think Trump is capable of making his own apologies, if indeed he intends to do so.

          • No reason to apologize for anything, Just keep pushing forward ~!

          • It is becoming clear that Cruz was ignored by TPTB just like his predecessors.

          • Many were simply allowed to happen , Cruz is the most recent !

      • LawrenceNeal

        Thank you for sharing your opinion. I’m neither Blue nor Red, my choice was: Neither of the above. Nor am I a troll, or extolling the Dem position.

        • I am not a DEM or a REP either because I do not trust either fullly. Also Trump is not actually a REP either. He is more like me, a conservatarian

    • Lacking only a strange mustache.

      • LawrenceNeal

        It’s there, just kind of wispy and hard to see.

  • LawrenceNeal

    “A vicious regime that routinely employs censorship, surveillance, and brutal police state tactics to intimidate its populace, maintain its power, and expand the largesse of its corporate elite”. Sounds like someplace between Canada and Mexico…

  • Don Duncan

    “The system of checks and balances…now lacks effective checks…”. Checks and balances never worked to limit govt. The only restraint was public opinion. And that restraint has slowly been weakened by the public school system for 150 years. Each generation is less capable of conceiving of themselves as a sovereign. The few that do withdraw from political society, some leaving the USSA to live freer in an unfree world.
    Who is left to restrain oppression? Who will protect us from those who pretend to be our protectors?
    “…power once taken is not easily surrendered.” Political power isn’t taken, it is granted by the forfeit of sovereignty. The cause is psychological dependence and expresses itself as political immaturity. The political immature seek a ruler, a parental figure, a protector. That search is irrational, destructive, and futile, but it will not be abandoned until political maturity is achieved.
    The politically mature will choose self-governance, self-reliance, self-responsibility.

  • Bruce C.

    What happened to my comment?

  • This article is NOT up to the usual Daily Bell standards. Lysander Spooner stated the truth in 1870 and offered a much better solution than John W. Whitehead, the author of this article.

    Spooner concluded:

    “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it.

    In either case, it is unfit to exist.”

    • NobodysaysBOO

      or honest ABE?

      “I know the American People are much attached to their Government;–I know they would suffer much for its sake;–I know they would endure evils long and patiently, before they would ever think of exchanging it for another. Yet, notwithstanding all this, if the laws be continually despised and disregarded, if their rights to be secure in their persons and property, are held by no better tenure than the caprice of a mob, the alienation of their affections from the Government is the natural consequence; and to that, sooner or later, it must come.” — Abraham Lincoln

      • Or “honest ABE” what? I don’t understand the question in the context of my posting.

        As for the Lincoln quote, it is only one of many confirmations that he was a liar and a hypocrite, i.e. a typical politician who says anything to get elected and then proceeds MAKE laws that are “continually disposed and disregarded” and destroy the life, liberty and property of his electors.

        • NobodysaysBOO

          old abe was a mass murderer same a GEORGE BUSH and his DANCING JEWS!
          even ABE got it right a few times.
          imperial presidents?

      • He did the most of anyone in the mid 19th century to make it so.

    • GovernMENT is not the only form of governANCE. As long as Mr. Whitehead refuses to acknowledge Spooner’s conclusion about the Constitution, he supports–and will continue to support–the age-old, failed, irrational belief in governMENT and will be blind to alternative forms of governANCE.

      I was.

      • Mr. Whitehead is a lawyer. Would you expect a bird to swim better than fly?

        • Well, penguins, perhaps. In any case, as long as he persists in embracing the Constitution, he blinds himself to even the possibility of alternatives.

          • Since he is one of the exceedingly few lawyers who has a competent grasp of the Constitution, I prefer to follow him for his competencies than chasing rabbits down unexplored holes. If all lawyers and citizens had his depth of understanding, TPTB wouldn’t be routinely jacking with our organic law.
            Again, what do you use instead of the Constitution?

          • disqus_3BrONUAJno asks: “Again, what do you use instead of the Constitution?”

            I answer again:

            tinyurl( DOT)com/The-Bare-Minimum-W

          • When was it ratified by TPTB?
            I see that you have learned the trick that Congress uses, hiding the very small in the very large.

          • Did the British Parliament (TPTB in 1776) ratify the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and later the Constitution?

            Were they even consulted?

          • Why would they ratify something they didn’t adopt into their law?

          • disqus_3BrONUAJno asks: “Why would they ratify something they didn’t adopt into their law?”

            Exactly what I was thinking!

          • On the other hand, the statute books are largely uncodified.

          • disqus_3BrONUAJno said: “If all lawyers and citizens had his depth of understanding…”

            That reminded me of this jingle…:

            “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
            If turnips were watches, I’d wear one by my side.
            If “if’s” and “and’s” were pots and pans,
            There’d be no work for tinkers’ hands.”

            It is an English language proverb and nursery rhyme, first recorded about 1628 in a collection of Scottish proverbs, which suggests if wishing could make things happen, then even the most destitute people would have everything they wanted.

            And that made me think of some IFs of my own…:
            Perhaps if all lawyers and citizens read Lysander Spooner: “No Treason” & “The Constitution of No Authority” (I have) they would come to the same conclusion as Spooner (I did).

            tinyurl( DOT)com/Spooner-No-Treason-W

            P.S. Even the (obviously failed) American Experiment of Constitutional Government was an unexplored rabbit hole for a very long time.

          • It should be remembered that Lysander Spooner didn’t argue against the Constitution until after Lincoln had obliterated it. Having read everything Spooner wrote, I think his writing should be required reading in American history classes, along with TM2000-25.

          • disqus_3BrONUAJno said “…I think his writing should be required reading in American history classes…”

            You say you live in a free country yet you keep arguing about what individuals should be “ALLOWED” or “REQUIRED” to do.
            Freedom does not mean what you think it means.

          • I have never said that I live in free country outside of your imagination.
            What other kind of writing should be required reading in an American history class but something written by an historic American?

    • What rules should we play by instead?

      • There is no “we”.

        The truth is no one knows what “we” will do in a completely voluntary society, there is just no way of knowing. Any answer that is given to questions pertaining to the problems that individuals would face in such a society are purely speculation. I cannot tell you what we would do, I can only tell you what I would do.

        Excerpted from
        tinyurl( DOT)com/There-is-NO-WE-W

        If a person is seriously seeking answers, this might be of value:

        There are many ways to increase your personal freedom, but the very first step is attitude. One must UNDO the attitude of servility that the culture of government worship has continually pounded into its children from birth over the last 100 years. 

        Excerpted from the second part of my long article:
        tinyurl( DOT)com/Individual-Sovereignty-W

        There are additional articles at that link, scroll down.

        If one finds the above articles to be of value, the following expands on that information:
        tinyurl( DOT)com/The-Bare-Minimum-W

  • Grokimal

    You lie, John Whitehead. Trump Joked at the Gridiron Dinner, a yearly white tie event loaded with: The Media, NOT a room full of Trump supporters. The Gridiron is geared as a roast, and everything Trump uttered was by tradition comedic and by design self deprecating. You’ve purposefully omitted all of that information in order to make attacking Trump with a false allegation seem warranted. Congratulations, you’re officially worthy of working at CNN.

  • Bruce C.

    I can’t believe I’m not even getting a response. This is a major credibility issue.

  • gold&silverismoney

    John Whitehead,if you can’t tell when Trump is joking you are the problem.

  • Bolt Upright

    One this is for sure, whoever sits in the chair has all the power.

    • NobodysaysBOO

      IF we HANGED NIXON,BUSH,and krew we would NEVER have had a BATH HOUSE BARRY or a NEED for MAGA!!!