|00:00:00||HIS CABINET, LISTENED TO THE ARGUMENTS, SOME OF THEM WANTED TO GIVE HIM MORE " INHERENT POWER.|
|00:00:06||" NOW THAT GAME HAS BEEN PLAYED BY A LOT OF 20TH CENTURY PRESIDENTS WHO SAY I HAVE INHERENT POWER TO DO THUS AND SO BECAUSE I' M EITHER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OR MORE ROMANTICALLY, I' M COMMANDER IN CHIEF.|
|00:00:20||UTTER NONSENSE. AND WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMAN TRIED TO DO THAT BY SEIZING THE STEEL MILLS, EVEN HIS OWN FRIENDS ON THE COURT SAID, UH- UH.|
|00:00:30||YOU CAN' T DO THAT, MR.|
|00:00:32||PRESIDENT. AND AS YOU' LL RECALL, THEY HAD A RESOLUTION FLOWING THROUGH HERE IN NO TIME TO DRAFT STRIKERS INTO THE MILITARY AT THAT TIME.|
|00:00:42||COOLER HEADS PREVEILED IN THE SENATE.|
|00:00:44||INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THE LEADER OF THAT WAS SENATOR TAFT OF OHIO, WHO WAS VERY MUCH DISLIKED BY LABOR AT THAT TIME BECAUSE HE WAS THE AUTHOR OF THE TAFT- HEARTILY ACT.|
|00:00:55||WELL, HE SAID, WAIT A MINUTE, YOU JUST CAN' T DO THAT.|
|00:00:58||THAT IS IMPROPER CONDUCT.|
|00:00:59||EVERYBODY COOLED DOWN DUE TO THE SENATE' S COOLING INFLUENCES.|
|00:01:03||AND WE WENT BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL.|
|00:01:06||BUT IT IS SIMPLY WRONG FOR PRESIDENTS TO CLAIM INHERENT POWER.|
|00:01:14||THAT IS KING JOHN AND THAT' S WHY HE WAS REINED IN SOMEWHAT.|
|00:01:20||NOT FOR THE PEOPLE BUT FOR THE BARONS.|
|00:01:24||DORNAN: FOR THE YOUNGER PEOPLE LISTENING, I DIGRESS FOR SOMETHING WONDERFUL.|
|00:01:29||WHEN I GOT HERE IN 1977, THE BRITISH HAD LENT US ONE OF THE THREE SURVIVING COPIES OF THE MAGNA CARTA FROM JUNE OF 1215.|
|00:01:40||THAT' S ABOUT THE TIME THE SERBS STARTED FIGHTING|
Mr. HORN. And Adams, who was deeply involved in carrying on the federalist tradition after Washington, he, of course, was Vice President under Washington.
So when Washington wanted to deal with an Indian tribe situation, which was the case in his time, he went to Congress and Congress gave that authority. That also happened with Adams. And as the gentleman says, when Jefferson got in, he convened his cabinet and listened to the arguments. Some of them wanted to give him more, quote, inherent power. Now, that game has been played by a lot of 20th century Presidents who say I have inherent power to do thus and so because I am either Chief Executive, or, more romantically, I am Commander in Chief. Utter nonsense.
When President Truman tried to do that by seizing the steel mills in Youngstown Sheet and Tube versus Saywer, even his own friends on the court said, no, you cannot do that, Mr. President. As the gentleman will recall, they had a resolution flowing through here in no time to draft strikers into the military at that time. Cooler heads prevailed in the Senate.
Interestingly enough the leader of that was Senator Taft of Ohio, who was very much disliked by labor at that time because he was the author of the Taft-Hartley Act. He said, wait a minute, you just cannot do that. That is improper conduct. Everybody cooled down, due to the Senate's cooling influences, and we went back to business as usual.
It is simply wrong for Presidents to claim inherent power. That is king John at Runnymede, and that is why the barons reigned him in somewhat. Not necessarily for the people of England, but certainly for the barons of England.