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We've Already Got a Dictator-in-Chief: How Absolute Power Corrupted the President

• John & Nisha Whitehead - The Rutherford Institute

"He says, 'You're not going to be a dictator, are you?' I said: 'No, no, no, other than day one. We're closing the border, and we're drilling, drilling, drilling. After that, I'm not a dictator.'"—Donald Trump to Sean Hannity on being asked if he would abuse power after being re-elected

Once a dictator, always a dictator.

Power-hungry, lawless and steadfast in its pursuit of authoritarian powers, the government does not voluntarily relinquish those powers once it acquires, uses and inevitably abuses them.

Likewise, any presidential candidate who promises to be a dictator on day one, if elected, will be a dictator-in-chief for life.

Then again, the president is already a dictator with permanent powers: imperial, unaccountable and unconstitutional thanks to a relatively obscure directive (National Security Presidential Directive 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20), part of the country's Continuity of Government (COG) plan, which gives unchecked executive, legislative and judicial power to the president in the event of a "national emergency."

That national emergency can take any form, can be manipulated for any purpose and can be used to justify any end goal—all on the say so of the president.