As you know, I’ve spent a lot of time reading about the Constitutional Convention recently. (What? You’re not listening to the Whistlestop podcast?) Reading the framing debates, it’s so clear the framers didn’t need evidence of abuse of power to worry for the state of the republic. If a norm or separation of power was not maintained that was alarming enough on its own. Men were sinful, power rapacious and liberty fragile. Leave open a door (or two) & a president will take advantage just as surely as a wolf will munch a bunny if you throw open the gate to its pen. One doesn’t have to wait for it to happen. It will. To stand by the gate & wait for the bunny shredding to be sure that power was being abused would have puzzled them.
This is also why only Frodo could carry the ring, but that’s another story.
2 thoughts on “Presidential Abuse of Power”
I was grateful to watch the Cohen hearing, because i feared our form of government was gone! I know he is a pathological liar, obviously, yet he had verifiable documentation! Finally things are right there out front and we cannot turn our heads. I thought. Nope, they still support trump???? I was so happy the system still works anyhow. I pray thinking people who turned their heads now will be astounded and insist we have change. We need to shore up our constitution, because this has been a close call. It is not over yet, either. I now understand how an antichrist could actually come to power and how Israel could even fall for it. It has been chilling to see how an evil man has been embraced as a savior, and truly nothing shocking he does moves his supporters, who by and large claim to be “christian!” I can promise that they are not Biblical Christians. Might does not make right, and the end does not justify means, and ignorance is no excuse.
Reading Lenore’s comment, I’m surprised Sarah Sanders admonition that God put Trump in the White House didn’t garner more attention.
Having just read the npr Goats and Soda story about anthropological research among Inuits, “How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger,” I began to wonder how both President Trump and President Obama were raised. I seem to remember a story of President Obama’s mother teaching him to ignore the taunts of other children. He certainly is slow to show his anger. Suppose we give the task of framing a constitution to Inuit mothers. I think they have a story featuring a wolf coming up out of the sea to snatch little bunnies left unprotected, or something like it. Since few of us were raised by Inuit mothers, we left to resort to wantonly hitting each other and hurling rocks. I don’t think sniffing cheeks will work at this point.