Thursday, April 12, 2018

We were warned. What our founders feared is happening

Or. how the separation of powers to protect us from tyrants is being corrupted now....

From the Federalist papers:

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

What we are witnessing now is the very thing  founding father Madison warned our new country about. The writers of our constitution tried to establish a form of government that would make it difficult for a tyrant to take control of our country. They divided  the power centers of government into three, executive, legislative, and judicial, each with a check on the other. Madison knew there was a way to undermine their checks and balances. What was not yet on the horizon when he wrote this were political parties, but he described them above as “accumulation of all powers in ...the same hands”,  of many or a few.

There are various ways to define a tyrant in more contemporary terms. Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, called a form of it fascism in her recent book and op ed pieces.  She identifies a movement on many countries to embrace fascism. She sees President Trump as admiring them, aspiring, and instinctively using similar techniques to gain and to consolidate power, from attacking opposition media, promoting racial and ethnic scapegoats, and demanding a judiciary and law enforcers loyal to him instead of to the rule of law. Former FBI James Comey's bitter book that fires back at the President for firing him, compares Trump to a mob boss he once prosecuted, complete with loyalty oaths and blurs lines between politics and the law.

Paul Ryan is  leaving Congress.  He is the leader of  the House, one of the legislative branches, the House of Representatives. His leaving  demonstrates if anything is that a legislative check on a president who is a wannabe tyrant has not happened . That  only party in control of Congress and the White House, and working to control the judicial branch, is one, the Republican Party.  Ryan left, unwilling or unable to shape a House that has any desire to serve as a check on a president dedicated to using means he has  to secure loyalty to himself. Along with that MIA House is a Senate, equally gone AWOL. The Senate is currently engaged in fast track approving appointments to the judiciary loyal to the president or his views. They are  only muttering and cowering to check a president who sees all other branches, judiciary, law enforcement , including the FBI, as instruments to serve him and to be staffed only by his loyalists. They are so far refusing to pass legislation to protect  Special Counsel Mueller from the president firing him.

There are two other checks to prevent  a breakdown of our form of government. Voters have a chance to do that in November 2018 electing others to Congress.

The other check is a free press with a wide varieties of opinions and presenting facts as they discover and present evidence of  them. Through  preferred  media outlets he has launched an attempt to paint even those who belong to his same party investigating him, the special counsel Robert Mueller , as a criminal head out to get him.  The reason: Mueller’s investigation will be soon issuing a report on the Trump campaign’s coordination with the Russians in the 2016 race, followed by reports on financial crimes. Trump  want to make sure his supporters do not take Mueller’s findings as fact. Recently, he tried to punish the owner of the “opposition press”, the Washington Post, by attacking the other business the paper owner has, Amazon , using easily disproved lies.

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