Trump imposes imperial presidency
Saturday, February 23, 2019
“An imperial presidency is dangerous for everyone … I don’t think we are going to get anything across the president’s desk that will pass a veto but I do think we should put it on his desk and let him know that the elected officials of Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, object to him going around Congress.”
So spoke Rep. Mick Mulvaney, (R-S.C.), in January 2015 to protest President Obama’s executive order that brought temporary relief to DACA immigrants in the U.S. being threatened with massive deportations.
Now, however, Mr. Mulvaney, President Trump’s Acting Chief of Staff, fully supports this president’s use of executive order to declare a “national a emergency” at our southern border to reallocate funds earlier directed by the Congress for the military to build/finish the wall.
Given that Congress has recently and expressly denied this president’s request for $5.7 billion (allowing only $1.6 billion for barrier improvement), and given that this president has clearly violated the Constitution (Art. 1, Sec. 7, 1st clause), is this not near-perfect evidence of an “imperial presidency”?
The issue here is the legitimacy of Trump’s declared “national emergency.” Without question, there is a human tragedy unfolding at our southern border. But, if there be an “emergency,” then this Administration bears much of its making: Its inhumane policies, demonizing characterizations of immigrants, and sheer ignorance of our nation’s need for working-age immigrants are disgraceful and utterly dismissive of our heritage.
Our president has long voiced an anti-immigrant bias, a position constantly reinforced by his main immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, who has said (according to Cliff Sims, author of Team of Vipers), “ I would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched America’s soil.”
All this is emphatically un-American; it is perversity gone wild.
Robert J. Hursey Jr.