If You Care About Democracy, Don’t Ask Biden To Invoke Emergency Powers

Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“For a president of the United States, seeing policy initiatives thwarted by congressional resistance and divided opinion must be a lot of things, frustrating chief among them. But not getting your way because people won’t get with the program is not an emergency. Unfortunately, we live at a moment when many Americans have lost patience with the trade-offs of democratic checks and balances and would really prefer to live under an absolute dictator, so long as a fearless leader champions their causes. … no matter what believers in the crisis-of-the-moment insist, implementing policy is supposed to be difficult given that it could affect millions of people’s lives. If you want to use the power of the state in far-reaching ways, it’s not unreasonable to ask that you face debate and potential loss.” (07/27/22)