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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Threat to Our Way of Government?

For John, BLUFIt is OK if you let a trained college professor do it.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Donald Trump Could Threaten U.S. Rule of Law, Scholars Say

So says Mr Adam Liptak in a 3 June 2016 article in The Old Gray Lady. Here is the lede, plus three:
Donald J. Trump’s blustery attacks on the press, complaints about the judicial system and bold claims of presidential power collectively sketch out a constitutional worldview that shows contempt for the First Amendment, the separation of powers and the rule of law, legal experts across the political spectrum say.

Even as much of the Republican political establishment lines up behind its presumptive nominee, many conservative and libertarian legal scholars warn that electing Mr. Trump is a recipe for a constitutional crisis.

“Who knows what Donald Trump with a pen and phone would do?” asked Ilya Shapiro, a lawyer with the libertarian Cato Institute.

With five months to go before Election Day, Mr. Trump has already said he would “loosen” libel laws to make it easier to sue news organizations. He has threatened to sic federal regulators on his critics.  He has encouraged rough treatment of demonstrators.

That last sentence, in the linked article, sounds more like San Jose, California, Mayor Sam Riccardo, who blamed Mr Trump for the riot in San Jose.  The reasoning seems to be that if Mr Trump hadn't shown up, nothing untoward would have happened.  I guess that is correct, but if raises the question of if we want a "brownshirt" type of democracy in the US.

But, back to the article from The Old Gray Lady, isn't this the kind of stuff our Constitutional Lawyer President has been doing?  Are the Democrats and their Press Friends just waking up to this danger?  Or do they believe it is only unsafe when Republicans do it?

And wasn't it then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who threw the Free Speech under the bus over Benghazi?

Regards  —  Cliff

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