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The presidential library of former President Barack Obama is being planned. Most "normal" policies tax, budget, etc will not lead to the destruction of the soul of our country - which is now in mortal danger on an existential level. The "cult" that surrounds the current president is truly frightening to those who care about America's future, about the kind of country our grandchildren are growing up in. The values that America has always stood for have been betrayed multiple times already, only 1.
The values that Jesus taught are being continuously betrayed by a man who is both immoral and amoral. And so I will think about your proposals.
Something dramatic may be needed if we are to save our country. What will it take to cause America to reverse its present course in time to save our country, to save traditional American values, and even in this religiously pluralistic country, to save true christian values? There is a pseudo-christianity out there that is threatening to subvert everything Jesus taught - replacing it with faux "christian" cults, including many who call themselves Catholic.
The cult of the presidency combined with the pseudo-christian cultists is the biggest threat facing our nation today. Thank you for for spelling out so cogently what I also have also felt and experienced! As a long term GOP voter, I just 'went along' with the party, until the cult of Trump and the ever creeping turn of the GOP to the right shook me up so terribly that I vowed never to give any party my vote unless I knew what the possible consequences to the nation might be- and I feel so responsible for mindlessly participating in a system that has brought a person such as Trump to the White House.
I am just shocked at the country's sudden descent into such chaos- leaving a country that I do not recognize anymore. I only hope that the cost to my grandchildren won't be too high for them to bear.. This article succeeds in being both disingenuous and naive. Disingenuous in trying to equate Obama's purported "executive overreach" with Trump's daily assault on the fundamental principles of the rule of law and on norms of civility. There is no equivalence. Not only is Trump morally bankrupt, he governs only to serve himself and his base--and in doing so, plays to people's basest instincts.
He does not bring out the better angels of our nature but only cultivates the worst. Furthermore, the author's purported solutions reflect a fundamental lack of understanding of the Constitution of the United States. Don't like the electoral college? Then let's allow state legislatures to elect the electors, even if it violates the 14th amendment. Don't like a president who is too powerful? Let's return to the Articles of Confederation, which didn't have a president.
Instead of abandoning the idea of an executive who can govern for the common good, this author completely muddles the question. How we justify to ourselves of embracing this President who has no empathy to this Commandment is beyond my comprehension. Talk about an endless riff whose sole purpose seems to be to elucidate the already rather well accepted proposition that " It was a consensus on that point that led to the final enactment and ratification of the Constitution. The history of governments over the centuries shows there is an inevitable repetitious pendulum swing from various forms of autocracy through representative governments and back to other forms of autocracy, From my point of observation the principal threat to our democratic inclinations and our democratic institutions is the intolerant liberalism nurtured in our colleges and universities under which opinions and discussions must all conform to the then prevailing progressive orthodoxy.
Mr Schnieder should be looking first and foremost at the academic world he inhabits as the principal source of this gravest of threats to democracy. I detect far more reaction than reflection in the responses to Mr. Schneider's essay.
I find it more provocative as in 'thought-provoking' than either naive or disingenuous. That said, I for one would be delighted if this country had a presiding officer or chief executive who could walk into a room without being immediately recognized by everyone present. And I'd be happy to vote for a woman or man whose ego didn't delight in being always the center of attention. But we the people have constructed or failed to prevent the construction of an institution -- The Presidency -- which becomes increasingly outsized, carrying each incumbent along with it.
Would our country be in any sense diminished if we woke up one day to find we had elected someone like Francis Bishop of Rome, who has dispensed with pomp and regalia and neither speaks nor acts as though he is convinced that, to paraphrase Louis XIV, "I am the Church". When all is said and done, we the people are the deciders and our best Presidents have known that. We don't need to go and read the Articles of Confederation to understand how the modern American Presidency deviates from what the Founders clearly implied that they intended when they described a WEAK Presidency in the Constitution.
Instead, we should study the history of the corruption of the Roman republic into an autocracy. That corruption occurred exactly as it is occurring at the end of the American experiment in democracy: the republic died because the emperors had assumed full power in all of the empire "outside of Italy.
Franklin said it best, about the obsession of the citizens of a decadent republic-turned-empire with the "security" of their power and their sybaritic lifestyle: "A people who care more about their security than their liberty deserve NEITHER! Robert One need only to reread the 10th Amendment to the Constitution which is both the Coda and the Code to what the Founders envisioned. The history of our Constitution has been a consistent attempt by each of the three branches of the federal government to insert or find for itself in the "penumbra" of the language of the Constitution powers and rights which were " The 10th Amendment brilliantly represents the reluctance of the States and the People to go beyond the Articles of the Confederacy into a new Constitution any further than they agreed was absolutely necessary to cure the deficiencies of the Articles and make the whole thing work.
As for Trump's election, I lay blame on our polarized politics and a far liberal agenda devoid of any sense of what it takes to get our economy growing and for creating opportunities for everyone to prosper.
I voted in every Presidential election since but not in When Obama got elected, I hoped he would make good on his 'hope and change' agenda. Unfortunately, he never changed Washington but made it worse. He gave a great speech but behind the words were his own far liberal agenda. I believe he was a good man but his politics were not my cup of tea and I disagreed with the means he chose to achieve his ends.
The people voted for Trump because they did not like Obama's policies and Clinton had no convincing message. You could not trust her to tell the truth and she would do anything to get elected. Granted, both Trump and Clinton had horrific approval ratings. As for Trump, I don't like his caustic rhetoric or style of governance. Nevertheless, many things he objects to are grounded in fact. He could make his points more effectively received if he knew how to be diplomatic but many people like his straight-forward call-it-like-it is manner..
However, as to his policies.