This is Monday, February 13, 2017. Trump has been the US president for a little over three weeks, yet there are still some in America who doubt that he has only one style of leadership, that of an autocrat (to use the mildest possible term).
Those who still doubt on this day must not have seen the multiple TV appearances yesterday by Stephen Miller, called a “senior policy advisor” to the president.
Commenting on the debate over the president’s immigration ban, Miller said,
This is ideological an disagreement between those who believe we should have borders and should have controls and those who believe there should be no borders and no controls.
That is such obvious nonsense that he should be ashamed to make such claims. It is a mark of a manipulator that matters are cast in terms of simple either/or with no acknowledgement that most reality falls between the two extremes. Honest people don’t pretend that others must be submissive or be considered enemies. Only tyrants think that way.
Miller, seeking to invalidate the role of the judiciary in reviewing congressional laws and presidential orders, also said,
The power of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.
If that kind of thinking does not send a chill up your backbone, check your pulse.
It is a sad irony that Trump and the trumpies are pushing this matter to a serious constitutional crisis when in fact our immigration situation is not nearly as great a problem as Trump pretends. Our vetting is already the toughest in the world. We are already almost completely closed to the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who so desperately need help. Our recent deportation rates have been the highest in many years and the rate of illegal immigrants entering the US is at its lowest in years.
We face no threat greater to our nation and our democracy than Trump himself.