The First 1,461 Days of a Constitutionalist President
Assert the executive power, limit and prevent future crises, and fully separate powers.
January 8, 2021
Fast, extensive change for the better moves people to living much better much sooner .
When people live much better much sooner, this quickly disempowers incumbents and empowers new winners, forging a new, lasting power balance that keeps everyone living much better.
Secure Life, Liberty, and Property
The Constitution’s bedrock rule is that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without the use of constitutional criminal or civil law and procedures.
Assert the Executive Power
Once laws are enacted, legislative power ends and the executive power controls. Executives control organizational structures, layoffs and hiring, projects, and operations.
Limit and Prevent Future Crises
In defense, economic weakness enables enemy attacks. Stop doing what doesn’t work, and free our people to build economic power faster than enemy governments’ people do .
In commerce, debt adds instability . Stop pushing people to take on debt. Free every customer and every producer to choose for himself what action to take, and when. Free every borrower and every saver to choose for himself what action to take, and when.
Fully Separate Powers
The separated powers are the powers of the people, local governments, state governments, and the national government. The separated powers within a government are the powers to pass laws, enforce laws, and opine on cases.
Any national statute that in any part grabs power not enumerated for the national government, or that in any part grabs power not delegated to the legislature, is unconstitutional.
Bills and statutes can be screened for constitutionality using these criteria:
The few bills and statutes that fail this screen but are constitutional are easy to recognize. Congress’s few exceptions and regulations on national courts, for example, read like grabs of judicial power, but Congress is explicitly delegated the power to make these, to offset the judicial power.
Bills and statutes that are constitutional consist entirely of rules and associated penalties, with all tradeoffs already made . All that’s left to do after enactment is enforce the law and judge cases.
This way from the start, powers are separated simply and fully.
The key step in making individuals’ lives, liberty, and property secure is to limit governments. To limit governments, government people must use constitutional powers against other government people.
Starting on the first 1,461 days of a constitutionalist president.
James Anthony is the author of The Constitution Needs a Good Party: Good Government Comes from Good Boundaries and rConstitution Papers: Offsetting Powers Secure Our Rights. He also publishes rConstitution.us, and has written articles in The Federalist, American Thinker, and Foundation for Economic Education. Mr. Anthony is an experienced chemical engineer with a master’s in mechanical engineering.