The White House’s refusal to allow senior White House adviser Ben Rhodes to testify before Congress about his part selling the Iran deal “narrative” demonstrates once again this administration’s attitude as above the will of the people.
Ben Rhodes told the New York Times Magazine several weeks ago that they built an “echo chamber” of experts who sold the Iran deal narrative to young, often inexperienced reporters.
Now Congress wants to hear Rhodes story for themselves, but, according to Fox News, the White House is citing an executive privilege-related claim, asserting that such a senior presidential adviser’s appearance “threatens the independence and autonomy of the President, as well as his ability to receive candid advice and counsel.”
The real reason for the White House’s hesitance is clear: they don’t want to be held accountable to Congress, who represents the interests of American citizens rather than the political interests of the President.
If the people and the states ever want a seat at the table of national and international politics, they must reassert their rightful authority as the source of the government’s power. And the only way to do that is through an Article V Convention of States.
A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that effectively limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, thereby restoring the states and the people to their proper place of power. Congress has shown itself to be powerless to stop an arrogant executive branch and a power-hungry judiciary. It’s up to the people, acting through the states.