Executive Power

Biden to America: Massive Amounts of Executive Power Is Just Fine So Long as Trump Isn't President

In a testy exchange about immigration, the former vice president argued that Trump alone was the problem.

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In night two of the second Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden argued that the chief problem with our immigration system is who the president is, not the powers he or she has.

"When people cross the border illegally, it is illegal to do it unless they're seeking asylum. People should have to get in line," said Biden in a testy exchange, pushing back on some other candidates' proposals to decriminalize all border crossings. "That's the problem. And the only reason this particular part of the law is being abused is because of Donald Trump. We should defeat Donald Trump and end this practice."

In short, Biden was arguing that the powers the government has to arrest and detain migrants are fine; they've just been entrusted to someone who has used them to punish the wrong people.

His campaign thought it such a profound point that they quickly retweeted a version of his remarks.

The argument being made is central to the former vice president's campaign, which has sought to portray Trump as a unique evil that only Biden will be able to excise. It's a pitch that treats the current powers of the president as essentially benign; it's the person that matters.

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  1. Sigh. Really? An imperial executive is ok as long as the Emperor is a Democrat? I was hoping their distaste for Trump would at least leaven their love for executive power. But, short sighted morons gonna short sight idiocy. See: nuclear option, Supreme Court packing, no congressionally declared wars since what, WWII?
    Trump is a member moron; his opponents are worse.

    1. First! (Earns me an extra $10 in ReasonBucks)

      1. Check your privilege mister.

    2. It’s always been the case. Even the judges who rule against Trump basically admit if Pres. Not Trump did it, it’d be legal.

  2. “The argument being made is central to the former vice president’s campaign, which has sought to portray Trump as a unique evil that only Biden will be able to excise.”

    Biden is far from my first choice, but this is a smart strategy. By any reasonable standard, Drumpf is the worst, most dangerous, most racist President in American history. I mean, he colluded and obstructed (as Mueller proved) and now he’s running concentration camps in which people are forced to drink from toilets.

    1. Yeah. Everything is so terrible and unfair! Broiling global warming death can’t come soon enough.

      Haha

    2. Drinking from toilets causes hepatitis. Where are those hospitals full of hepatitis victims? Oh, the news forgot to report about them? If you don’t believe me, drink from a toilet.

    3. OBL, it just doesn’t feel right without having a or two at the end of your post.

      #somethinsomethin

  3. What happens to American families if the dad paid coyotes to take them cross desert to another nation?

    What happens to an American citizen if he accidentally left his kid inside a hot car?

    Stop, just stop with this “looking for a better life” excuse. Looking for a better life or fleeing regions of high crime does not meet asylum standards. Nothing would have stopped any of these migrants from applying for citizenship or asylum in the safety of their nation.

    The crisis will stop when the nations below America enforce their border and prevent families from risking their lives by crossing their lands. When we’re not overwhelmed by a tidal wave of people we can better process asylum claims and allocate resources on refugees with pressing concerns.

    Only chem jeff and his democrat friends would say “Oh come on, let them all in, they’re seeking a better life”. Not only do we let them all in, but they get free healthcare, education and welfare, while they pay no income tax depending on their earning. Who does this? Germany? Canada? Can I go to Mexico with no papers, buy up their cheap real estate and say “Yo quiero better life”? The locals will cheer me and shower me with free tacos?

    What nation runs this way? How can half the country take this democrat field seriously? If student loan forgiveness doesn’t take into account interest payments loan servicers will lose a ton of money. Medicare for all either means your FICA triples or the left gets to play out their 90% tax rate on the wealthy. When Google moves a bulk of their assets overseas they’ll wonder “OMG it’s as if they were a globalist company or something”

    1. “Looking for a better life or fleeing regions of high crime does not meet asylum standards”
      This is where the bleeding heart refuses to clot. From an international relations and human rights standpoint, to offer asylum to someone fleeing government persecution is the right thing to do. But the US cannot be expected to take in every unfortunate soul trying to flee a bad neighborhood or high unemployment.

      1. It’s not a matter of a bleeding heart any more than refraining from raiding your house and confiscating your firearms. It’s the recognition of the rights of others.

      2. Back in the 1800s and early 1900s, we took in every half-starved potato farmer in Ireland and every anarchist in Germany. That turned out pretty well. Why not do the same again?

  4. “In short, Biden was arguing that the powers the government has to arrest and detain migrants are fine; they’ve just been entrusted to someone who has used them to punish the wrong…The argument being made is central to the former vice president’s campaign, which has sought to portray Trump as a unique evil that only Biden will be able to excise. It’s a pitch that treats the current powers of the president as essentially benign; it’s the person that matters.”

    Detaining people who attempt to enter the country illegally is a malignant authority in itself, but no one is advocating for completely open borders. Do I have that right?

  5. Wait…whut?! We want an even more powerful POTUS? No, I don’t think so. The Founders would turn in their graves to see what the presidency has morphed into.

    1. Well, some of them.

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