Was it Pinochet or a senior White House advisor that said “the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned”?
If you guessed Pinochet, sorry, you’re wrong.
The questionable statement was not made by an authoritarian dictator but by Senior White House Adviser Stephen Miller, raising troubling questions about the administration’s views on the power of the executive branch.
WH Sr. Policy Adviser Stephen Miller: "The powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned" pic.twitter.com/sn3GyFATPD
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 12, 2017
This attitude of not questioning authority and power lies in stark contrast to the views of the writer of the constitution, James Madison, who knew
The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
But wait, that’s not all… The full exchange with “Face the Nation’s” John Dickerson tells us more:
“Dickerson: When I talked to Republicans on the Hill, they wonder, what in the White House — what have you all learned from this experience with the executive order?
Miller: Well, I think that it’s been an important reminder to all Americans that we have a judiciary that has taken far too much power and become, in many cases, a supreme branch of government. One unelected judge in Seattle cannot remake laws for the entire country. I mean this is just crazy, John, the idea that you have a judge in Seattle say that a foreign national living in Libya has an effective right to enter the United States is — is — is beyond anything we’ve ever seen before.
The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”
So not only are Americans not to question presidential power, the judicial branch has now somehow become the “supreme branch of government”. Miller raises more questions about the administration’s view of constitutional government and the separation of power that is the basis of our republic.
What do you think, has the judiciary “taken far too much power… (to) become a supreme branch of government”?