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Ruin has been the legacy of power-intoxicated Chief Executives and their regimes throughout American history. Lyndon Johnson used his "mandate" to broaden the welfare state and wage war in Vietnam on an ever-expanding scale. Richard Nixon, after his stomping win over George McGovern, claimed he should be left alone about the Watergate scandals, telling America in a speech, "Your votes were a mandate‚Ä¶ to complete the initiatives we began in my first term and to fulfill the promises I made for the second term."
Scary, disastrous stuff.
The miserable history of presidential mandates shows how important it is that the Constitution's checks and balances be taken seriously. Presidents near-drunk with the hubris of the mandate-mentality require much push-back....