Dear Fellow American,
Donald Trump’s election gave voice to the growing conviction of many Americans that their elected officials had strayed from their constitutional obligations—that they had been derelict in allowing the destruction of limited government. President Trump has identified a number of critical issues for our country: eliminating regulations, cutting taxes, creating jobs, enforcing immigration laws, and fixing healthcare. We will see if the President can play a critical role in shaping policy in these areas. Whether he is successful will have impact for generations to come.
But already there is much, and growing, resistance to what the President proposes be done.
This raises important questions: What is the extent and what are the limits of presidential power in regard to public policy? What is the proper relation of the president with the other two constitutional branches? And what is his relation to the “fourth branch”—the enormous federal bureaucracy?
Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
In that spirit, I invite you to join Hillsdale College’s 10-session online course, “The Presidency and the Constitution.” You’ll learn from our politics department faculty about the design of the executive branch in Article II; how Progressives contrived new, wide-ranging powers for the executive; and what it would take to restore limited government. The opportunity for constitutional renewal in America is greater than it has been in decades. But it will require rededicated efforts by “We the People” – the true and only sovereign source of authority under the Constitution – to see this work through.
Larry P. Arnn
President, Hillsdale College
Pursuing Truth—Defending Liberty since 1844