David Bernstein – a GMU colleague from over in the Scalia law school – writes wisely about presidential assertions of power, such as Trump absurdly declaring a ‘national emergency’ in order to get taxpayer funds to build a border wall .
As Larry Sechrest noted, J.B. Say was “precise and yet as simple as possible, so that any literate, reasonably intelligent person can comprehend his meaning.” However, Americans have been governed by violators of those principles because [as Say said] “agents of public authority…can enforce error and absurdity at the point of the bayonet.”
Jeff Jacoby recalls U.S. President Benjamin Harrison . A slice:
From the perspective of a 21st-century American, the election of 1888 and the Harrison administration that followed are a reminder of an inconvenient truth about political parties: They exist to fight and win elections, not to uphold permanent principles.