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Congress Needs to Assert the War Power Against a Dangerous President

Donald Trump’s implicit threat to use nuclear weapons on North Korea in order to appear tough, while at the same time appeasing Russian President Vladimir Putin by praising him for ejecting hundreds of U.S. diplomats from Russia, indicates that the American founders’ Electoral College system allowed exactly what it was designed to prevent: the election of a dangerous demagogue who may very well be in the pocket of a foreign power. The system was designed for a group of experts to choose the president, because the founders thought that the average voter would be too ill-informed about the candidates to choose wisely.

Ivan Eland is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at the Independent Institute. Dr. Eland is a graduate of Iowa State University and received an M.B.A. in applied economics and Ph.D. in national security policy from George Washington University. He spent 15 years working for Congress on national security issues, including stints as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Principal Defense Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.

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