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WE are always going on about democracy. That magical occurrence that we Americans have and most others do not. But are we truly tied hard to the concept? I know most people would say yes….but there are times when I do have my doubts….no matter how vocal some are on the subject.
I have asked myself this question especially after seeing the voting history of Americans……but also something that I read on this situation….this is an opinion piece (keep that in mind before the attacks start)…..
There is much to celebrate in the court decision against President Trump’s immigration ban. It was a stirring victory for the rule of law and reaffirmation of the independence of the judiciary. Yet America faces a serious problem which that decision did not address: the erosion of public faith in the rule of law and democratic governance.
While we have been focused on partisan divides over government policy and personnel, an almost invisible erosion of the foundations of our political system has been taking place. Public support for the rule of law and democracy can no longer be taken for granted.
And now there seems to be a bit of a Constitutional crisis brewing and the outcome could be very telling….the below link is to a bit if a Russian tilt to it….but the thoughts are valid……
When he says “the security of our nation is at stake,” he refers demagogically to the imaginary threat of terrorists from seven countries. He is right to say “the security of our nation is at stake,” but not at all in the way he means –the security of our nation is profoundly at stake in this case because, if he wins, then presidential orders will become dictatorial decrees beyond the reach of the courts.Our constitutional crisis continues.
At issue is Executive Order 13769, issued January 27, 2017, establishing the so-called Muslim ban on immigrants from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya). The order was prepared with limited vetting and implemented with no advance planning, creating immediate, global chaos that led to numerous court challenges and partial stays of the order. The case brought January 30 by the states of Washington and Minnesota together persuaded a Washington State judge (appointed by President Bush) to issue a nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO), enjoining the U.S. government from enforcing key provisions of the Executive Order (which the government apparently took its time to obey). The government’s motion for an emergency stay of the TRO was heard February 7 by a three-judge federal district Appeals Court (one step below the U.S. Supreme Court). On February 9, the Appeals Court unanimously affirmed the lower court’s ruling and left the TRO in place, unmodified, until the lower court holds a duly-scheduled hearing of the government’s appeal of the TRO before deciding whether to make the TRO permanent.
All this back and forth over the Excutive Orders (EOs) that President Trump has been signing leads some Americans to think that he is trying to by-pass Congress and possibly the laws of the land.
This thinking has got many Americans looking for alternatives to their politics……and socialist groups are getting bombarded with membership requests…..
“As it became clear that the organised left was getting stronger and facing more formidable threats to its agenda … it was clearly time to get involved,” the 26-year-old writer from New York explained.
The far-right in the United States – and in Europe – has been energised by Trump’s victory and his Republican Party’s firm grip on both chambers of Congress.
“The only way to oppose this level of the malignant power [of Donald Trump] is to get organised,” Southard said. “This moment is radicalising a lot of people due to the levels of outrage and disgust. People all over the country are asking what to do. The answer in one word is: Organise.”
This couple of years to come could possibly becoming the turning point in American politics……personally, I say about damn time for I have been preaching for political change for 4 decades….I am getting old now and this, if it holds up, brings a glimmering of hope in this old heart….
Americans are starting to see that there is something beyond the traditional politics that they are accustom to in the past.
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