Virtually every president since 1949, the year I arrived in America, has abused his presidential power— Truman and the disastrous Korean War, Eisenhower and the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian government, Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs invasion, Johnson’s lies that got us into the Vietnam quagmire, Nixon for a multitude of abuses that eventually lead to his resignation, Reagan for his interventionist foreign policies that led to the Iran-Contra scandals, Bush for his invasion of the Middle East to oust Iraq from Kuwait, Clinton’s bombing of Serbia, Bush II for the lies that led to invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Obama ‘s disastrous Middle East policy that continued to destabilize the region, and Trump’s bombing of Syria and other overseas interventions.

The record is clear: presidents of both major parties have used their extraordinary powers to bypass the Congress or, with its approval to undertake unconstitutional foreign interventions.

Finally, Sen. Menendez’s statement about “abuse of power” is disingenuous. We remember that the senator himself was “severely admonished” by the SenateEthics Committee for breaking
federal law, and accepting gifts from a wealthy Florida doctor while using his position as a senator to promote the doctor’s personal and financial interests, who is now serving prison term for defrauding Medicare.

A free America can be restored if the enormous powers of the federal government are curtailed.
Murray Sabrin, Ph.D., Fort Lee The writer is a professor of finance at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He was the Libertarian candidate in the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey in 2018.
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