To The Editor:

I need not tell you that the American populace has a rather conflicted opinion of their chief executive.

To an astonishing degree, what defines Donald Trump’s first year as president vaies wildly depending on how one views him. And how one views him has become the fault line in American politics.

Is this the way it should be?

As president, Mr. Trump wields huge power. What he does matters, in many cases enormously. But, it’s also fair to say that, according to the vision of the Founders, a fixation on Trump, pro or con, is a backward way of addressing America’s challenges.

America was founded most conspicuously on liberty and the freedom of the individual to flourish, the freedom of the individual from tyranny.

So “the people” would write laws, control the spending, and set the nation’s course through Congress. The president would be Congress’s errand boy.

Truly, if the people want to protect liberty they will not empower a single man or woman with dictatorial power. However, over the years Congress has permitted the president to make laws by using executive order powers. This has caused many problems and should be changed. Congress only should make laws.

Voters will ultimately make or break the creation of our Republic.