FACT Report: December 3, 2014

Immigration and Prudence (December 3, 2014)

The President’s recent decision to bypass Congress on immigration reforms by executive order and the rhetoric of some congressional leaders to do whatever it takes to stop him point to a virtue little exercised in politics today – prudence, one of the four cardinal virtues. It’s particularly needed at a time when the vast majority of Americans distrust politicians. 

Noah Webster defined prudence as “caution in deliberating and consulting on the most suitable means to accomplish valuable purposes.”

That the President thinks he knows what is right and is willing to do it even if he has previously said doing so is unconstitutional is clear evidence that he lacks prudence. But Republicans, in their zeal to stop him, must we wary of actions that prove counterproductive in the long run.

Perhaps prudence will someday overpower politics.

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