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The Year of Trump Has Laid Bare the U.S. Constitution's Serious Flaws


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: United States constitution, amendments, Founding Fathers )

Freya
- 19 days ago - alternet.org
The extent to which the US has an unwritten constitution that - just like ours - relies on the self-restraint of the key political players, a self-restraint usually insisted upon by a free press.



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Richard A (2)
Monday January 1, 2018, 6:23 pm
Thank you for bringing this forward.
 

Janis K (129)
Monday January 1, 2018, 6:43 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Evelyn B (62)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 2:21 am
Excellent points made!

"The first is that Trump has vividly demonstrated that much of what keeps a democracy intact is not enshrined in the written letter of a constitution, but resides instead in customs and conventions – norms – that are essential to civic wellbeing. Trump trampled all over those as a candidate – refusing to disclose his tax returns, for example – and has trampled over even more as president.

Convention dictated that he had to divest himself of private business concerns on taking office, to prevent a conflict of interest – but in the absence of a law explicitly forcing him to do so, he did no such thing. The same goes for appointing unqualified relatives to senior jobs, sacking the director of the FBI with no legitimate cause, or endorsing an accused child molester for the US Senate. No law told him he couldn’t, so he did."

Thanks, Freya
 

Darren W (218)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 8:24 am
Shared news article and analysis to remind, raise and spread awareness.
 

Spy K (224)
Tuesday January 2, 2018, 3:17 pm
thanks freya------keep it coming-------interesting-------the founding fathers could NOT have imagined a force like today's GOP---------yes WTF--------WE RESIST
 

pam w (139)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 1:14 pm
WE WILL WITHSTAND THIS HORRIBLE PERSON!
 

Dot A (174)
Wednesday January 3, 2018, 3:54 pm
Excellent share! Thanks for finding this and sharing it with us! Indeed, we must fix those flaws!!!
 
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