His­tory is full of un­pop­u­lar pres­i­den­tial de­ci­sions

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Opinion -

From the be­gin­ning of our Re­pub­lic, Amer­ica’s pres­i­dents have made tough and con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sions. The Whiskey Tax to pay off the war debt and sup­port the fledg­ling fed­eral gov­ern­ment was ve­he­mently re­jected and many western Penn­syl­va­nia farm­ers re­belled against it (Thomas Jef­fer­son was against the tax). Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton as com­man­der-inchief per­son­ally led the mili­tia to re­solve the dis­pute.

The Mon­roe Doc­trine of 1823 be­came the cor­ner­stone of U.S. for­eign pol­icy to­ward Euro­pean af­fairs (non­in­ter­fer­ence), Abra­ham Lin­coln sus­pended the writ of habeas cor­pus dur­ing the Civil War to main­tain or­der (ar­rest and de­tain with­out trial), and FDR was able to pass the Lend-Lease Act de­spite op­po­si­tion from mem­bers of Congress, pub­lic opin­ion and the Neu­tral­ity Act. Ge­orge H.W. Bush ended the first Gulf War after 100 hours. Many dis­agreed with end­ing it, es­pe­cially after the sys­tem­atic slaugh­ter of Iraq’s own ci­ti­zens un­der Sad­dam Hus­sein out­side the no-fly zone.

The clos­ing of the south­ern bor­der will be just the lat­est ex­am­ple of a tough and con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion made by an Amer­i­can pres­i­dent.

Steven Graves, Fort Laud­erdale

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