President Trump and the Constitution

So, what if like in 240 years an idiot becomes president? Is there anything in there to cover that?

So, what if like in 229 years an idiot becomes president? Is there anything in there to cover that?

Without getting into yet another discussion of how Donald Trump could possibly have been elected president of the United States, I do wonder how significant Tea Party influences are likely to be in his new administration.

I am particularly interested to see how quick Tea Party types will be to admonish Trump should he run afoul of the Constitution and the wisdom of the founding fathers, one of their favourite pastimes at least when they believe Democrats are in breach. I will not be holding my breath.

On that thought, I have been lately making my way through various important books about the American Revolution and the founding for no other reason than that I want to.

One of those texts is by Merrill Jenson from 1950 entitled The New Nation. In the opening pages he says this:

Since the founding fathers themselves disagreed as to the nature of the history of the period and as to the best kind of government, it is possible to find arguments to support almost any interpretation one chooses.

I would be so pleased if anyone in the Trump Administration, including the president, could begin to provide a coherent argument for any action they might take based on a thoughtful analysis of the Constitution or interpretations of events of the time by those who played key roles.

Put another way, I have grown weary of fools in tri-cornered hats over the past several years blurting out when confronted with a microphone that such and such a politician should heed the Constitution and the wisdom of the founders. Now that one of their own is to have the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I’m certain they will want to make sure everything he does is on the up-and-up.

Or is it more likely they will agree with Richard Nixon that “[i]f the President does something, then it’s not illegal,” which no doubt is something one of the founders must have said too.

My head hurts.

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Can I get a little smile? Come on

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Thank you, Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

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A one-term president

imageI don’t know many people who supported Trump. I do keep in touch with a few high school friends on Facebook who seem to have a remarkably large number of friends who think Trump is just dandy.

Many of them have been commenting on various posts by encouraging us all to come together behind our new president because, apparently,  they seem to believe they offered the same support to the current president from day one. Not bloody likely.

The public record is a stubborn thing and many of us recall without even having to Google it that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said at the start of Obama’s first term, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Fine. I accept the legitimacy of the Trump presidency, though Trump spent years arguing that Obama’s presidency was not legitimate. Never mind. He’s got the job. But like Mitch McConnell, those who reject everything Trumpism represents need to work hard starting immediately to ensure he is a one-term president.

Come together my ass.

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Denial, denial, denial

Yes, denial, fear, disbelief and a slew of other words. Another word is “reality.” It is a reality that Donald J. Trump is going to be president of the United States. It is a reality that much is at stake in the next few years, but also that democracies offer many tools, not necessarily just elective office,  to fight the things we oppose and promote the things we desire.

Was there racism, xenophobia, and sexism at work in Trump’s election? Yes, of course. Was there also an expression of hopelessness and helplessness on the part of so many who do not believe they are being heard? Yes, again.

Progressives have always had a difficult time convincing the less affluent, and many of the generally marginalized, that we are on their side.

I think ultimately Trump will make it easier for us to make our case.

Denial won’t work. The facts are what they are. Time to get to work.

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Words cannot express…

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Quote of the Day: Trump doesn’t like polls, again

I have a very big brain. Yes I do. Doh, da, doh

I have a very big brain. Yes I do. Doh, da, doh

“I do think a lot of polls are purposefully wrong. I think I can almost tell you by the people that do it. The media is very dishonest, extremely dishonest, and I think a lot of polls are phony. I don’t think they interview people. I think they just put out phony numbers.”

-Donald Trump, asked about polling numbers that have shown him losing. Yes, reputable polling companies just make up numbers out of whole cloth. Please, make this stupid man go away.

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Brady and Belichick on Team Trump, or not

imageGisele Bundchen, New England QB Tom Brady’s partner posted on Instagram that she and Tom most emphatically did not vote for Donald Trump. This comes after Trump said in a speech yesterday that Brady called him to say he voted for him.

Trump also read a letter from the stage from New England coach Bill Belichick pledging support.

This is what Trump read aloud from Belichick:

“Congratulations on a tremendous campaign. You have dealt with an unbelievable, slanted and negative media and have come out beautifully. You’ve proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Your leadership is amazing. I have always had tremendous respect for you, but the toughness and imageperseverance you have displayed over the past year is remarkable. Hopefully tomorrow’s election results will give the opportunity to make America great again.”

If the Brady call was not legitimate, one could wonder if the Belichick letter is, though it appears to be.

In any case, given the Patriot’s addiction to cheating, is it any wonder their marquee personalities support Trump?

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Morning Headlines

161108004154-dixville-notch-2016-results-vo-00011013-exlarge-169Politico: Democratic insiders near-certain of Clinton win

CNN: Hillary Clinton wins Dixville Notch midnight vote

Washington Post: Officials brace for chaotic day of voting

New York Times: Presidential election: Voters decide between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

NBC News: Can Donald Trump’s movement survive without Donald Trump?

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Night Music: Bruce Springsteen – “Long Walk Home” (2007)

Bruce Springsteen played an incredible acoustic version of “Long Walk Home” at the election eve Philadelphia rally for Hillary Clinton. A good enough reason to post it.

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