Another example can be found in Nicaragua. President Daniel Ortega who jam-pack his Supreme Court to allow him a third consecutive period has as his vice president his wife, Rosario Murillo. She is one of the few leads he trusts,
having alienated much of his party .~ ATAGEND
For its part, the U.S. has had sultanistic tendencies of its own in the past.
Presdient Kennedy and AG Kennedy with J. Edgar Hoover
President John F. Kennedys closest adviser and his attorney general was his younger friend, Robert, indispensable during the risky occasion of the Cuba Missile Crisis. And JFK, while in agency and sometimes with two brothers Robert implied, took immense dangers in having flings with women with questionable political linkages – from a
socialite with links to the mob to a possible East German sleuth. This is no longer mere indiscretion.
The reaction of Congress to all this was to pass, in 1967, the
Anti-Nepotism Statute nicknamed the Bobby Kennedy Law to make sure close relatives no longer assume official places. Some indicate, however, that the law does not exclude unofficial advisers.
Another example of sultanistic practices is Hillary Clinton, who was her president-husbands lead and unpaid adviser on health care reform.
And then, in George W. Bushs Cabinet, the two more powerful foreign policy advisers Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney were both graduates of George H. W. Bushs administration. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Rumsfeld and Cheney, with Bushs approval, supported
arbitrary program that let torture, warrantless surveillance and targeted assassinations.
These Bush-era law-free zones in national security matters, which some have called
dictatorial, were based on the law abstraction of the unitary manager. The mind is that the judicial and legislative forks cannot check or regulate the president on manager problems, especially those involving national security.
The unitary manager promoted sultanism by asserting that the president monopolizes all executive authority, however activity. As some observed constitutional scholars have said, this theory mostly residence the president above the law.
What draws Trump different
Most modern American presidents have risen through the institutions of U.S. republic district political parties, Capitol hill, the military forces. They have been vetted and embedded in institutional conventions, attitudes and relationships. Someone like Trump, coming in from the cold, in oppose, produces his family and close associates and attains decisions outside of those formal and informal institutions.
Having masterminded his unexpected win based on an unconventional campaign, Trump have so far been established a predisposition to trust his instincts on major decisions of governance, establishing reckless, erratic decisions. His past record as CEO and his outsider status clear Trump self-reliant and assured that most of the world is misguided and simply he and his few trusted advisers, including their own families, have the answers.
When wondered, for example, on
his donate to ban Muslims from recruiting the country until our countrys congresswomen can figure out what is going on, Trump said 😛 TAGEND
What Im doing is no different than FDR. If you look at what he was doing, “its been” far worse and hes one of the most highly respected chairwomen they reputation routes after him.
Here Trump was eliciting the
1944 Korematsu decision, which justified nearly inexhaustible executive powers over immigration to permit the detention of Japanese-Americans without any evidence( and none dwelt) of subversion. This decision is considered by many constitutional scholars as the most ignominious in Supreme Court history, a terrible mistake that we should not echo. Even the late Justice Antonin Scalia renounced it as an error .~ ATAGEND
The U.S. presidency has always been prone to sultantistic bias, but under a Trump presidency what were once isolated case have predictably become a path of governing. When the closest advisers, both institutional( like Ivanka and
Kushner) and informal( in the event of its his two adult sons ), are dominated by own family members, the decision-making process will not only be erratic and perhaps influenced by private kinfolk interests but likewise tend to ignore legal procedures that have also met the test of time.
a team of rivals under the rule of law, the Trump presidency may be akin to medieval autocracy, with decisions made by courtroom politics , not legal procedures.
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