Rul­ing by de­cree

Santa Fe New Mexican - - OUR VIEW -

Ev­ery man who has served as pres­i­dent has put his own per­sonal im­print on that of­fice. He has ei­ther ex­panded the power of the pres­i­dent be­yond that pre­scribed by the Con­sti­tu­tion, nar­rowed its scope or took the mid­dle road, nei­ther adding to nor tak­ing away from its ba­sic func­tion.

As a re­sult of this re­cent govern­ment shut­down, Don­ald Trump has ac­com­plished some­thing unique in pres­i­den­tial his­tory: He has crip­pled the pres­i­dency. He has set a prece­dent in which he has shown that the pres­i­dent can make him­self im­po­tent.

It is be­com­ing ob­vi­ous that he does not re­al­ize that our govern­ment is based on checks and bal­ances. The pres­i­dent does not rule by de­cree. G. Gideon Ro­jas, MNL

Santa Fe

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