Wednesday, January 13, 2021

An Effective Executive

“A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government.  A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever it may be in theory, must be, in practice, a bad government.”  (Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, No. 70) 

     Like Mr. Lincoln before him, Mr. Biden is to take office in the midst of turmoil; and the sixteenth President set the precedent.  For he took decisive action once the rebellion began. 

     The Confederates fired upon Fort Sumter while Congress was out of session.  But President Lincoln was on duty.  And when the Legislature returned, he made a report and sought—and received—their subsequent approval. 

     Like Lincoln, after “So help me God,” President Biden must take decisive action, such as, issue a proclamation to “insure domestic tranquility” and enforce the “guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government.”  (Preamble & Article IV, Section 4)  For not only has the Capitol been attacked, now the perpetrators are threatening to disrupt the inauguration.  They plan to surround the White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court—and do the same in the several States.  They will lay siege because they at “war.”  

     Like Lincoln, Biden must wed the “take care” clause and the war power.  Therefore, because Article IV, Section 4 requires the United States to “protect each of them against invasion and...domestic violence” and pursuant to Article I, Section 8, Clause 15 that gave Congress the power “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions,” the Insurrection Act was passed—and must be invoked.  The objective: crush the rebellion.  The terms: unconditional surrender.  This lost cause must have no hope of resurrection.  

(c)2021 Marvin D. Jones.  All rights reserved.

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