Can anyone honestly say that a President Trump would accept not pushing some agenda item he really wanted because it just happened to be unconstitutional?
No, of course not. He would charge his legal team, as Obama does, with finding other historic yet unconstitutional precedents and point to those as justification for his actions. Or like past presidents, just make it up or ignore the document completely.
Witness the way Trump acts with people who become his enemies just because they dare speak out. Imagine what he will do to a piece of parchment that can't defend itself and has so few these days to do so on its behalf.
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For those who think I'm just trashing Trump because I'm a Cruz guy – you're right! Just kidding. He just happens to be the front-runner and as such is garnering all the attention. If it were Bush, Christie or someone else who I thought would govern unconstitutionally, I would say the same thing. My allegiance is to the founding documents, not to any one man or men (or women) – and that also goes for Ted Cruz.
But still, I'm sure many of you are getting tired of reading and hearing about Constitution this and Constitution that – but it's really important. It is the only thing that has saved this country thus far from becoming a monarchy, a European socialist cesspool, or full-on dictatorship. That one document more than any other has set us apart and above all other forms of governance throughout the world.
If it were being adhered to, we would barely hear of it, nor would dopes like me have to keep bringing it up. But sadly, we have to keep bringing it up, defending it and educating the public on its brilliance and importance. It is the rule book for our country, and we're not following it.
In what other endeavor are people simply allowed to break the rules, or ignore them altogether? Without rules, there is only chaos. How angry do sports fans get when they feel the other team got away with breaking the rules? Fans literally scream at their TVs when a simple holding violation is ignored during a football game, or the officials appear to change the rules mid-game. My friends and I do it all the time. The anger over such a thing is sometimes over the top. "Can you believe that bleeping ref missed that bleeping call? It was so bleeping obvious! How could that bleeping ref miss that call? The receiver was bleeping mugged!" You get the picture, and I'm sure most can relate.
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Now imagine how much better our lives would be if citizens were that animated over an unconstitutional law being enacted, the president usurping congressional authority, or Congress giving its power to the president, which is unconstitutional. "I can't believe the bleeping president signed that bleeping unconstitutional act into law!" "It's so obvious Congress can't bleeping do that, etc." Now wouldn't it be great if multiple millions did that rather than worry about some blown call in a football game?
But sadly, like the proverbial frog placed in a pot of water and slowly boiled, we've gotten so far afield from the Constitution as it was originally ratified that the average citizen no longer knows what's constitutional, or cares. Most just feel the law is the law and must be abided by. The president says so, so it must be legal – or the Congress, or especially the Supreme Court. We don't accept it from referees who are supposed to know the rules – why should we treat our politicians any different?
Citizens have no avenue for redress of unconstitutional acts. We have no "challenge flag" for an unconstitutional act. Heck, even the states, which were originally supposed to reign supreme over the federal government, have no means of redress once the black-robed oligarchs have spoken. Unfortunately, the states have all but become counties or provinces of the feds. This is not how it was intended, but long ago states willingly gave up their constitutional sovereignty in exchange for the almighty federal dollar.
I like Trump's edge – always have. I, like most, agree when he says, darn right I'm angry. We're all angry, but we can't let that anger cloud our judgment by possibly nominating and electing someone who may rule with more of an iron fist than the last disaster in the White House.