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Where are the Checks and Balances?

Updated: Jul 2, 2019

In an early morning Tweet, President Trump claimed he could use the Supreme Court to prevent his impeachment. What? Thought he didn't have anything to worry about.

The implication here is that Trump believes the justices he nominated to the high court work for him and therefore will block any attempts to initiate impeachment proceedings. This is a complete contradiction of the system of checks-and-balances that the Founding Fathers insisted upon as the cornerstone of the Constitution.

The three branches, Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, are meant to operate independently. The major reason for this is that the Founding Fathers wanted to avoid the monarchical authority they had fought to escape.

Trump is trying to circumvent this process by claiming the Supreme Court is on his side. Where did he get that idea ?

Well, one just needs to look at Congress, which is supposed to operate independently. Instead, there is Mitch McConnell acting like Trump’s proxy by blocking any unfavorable legislation from being brought to the Senate floor.

Until the 2018 midterms, the House also served as a rubber stamp for anything Trump wanted. Despite this, promises like Repeal and Replace (Obamacare) and the Wall were unfulfilled, even with GOP control of all three branches of government.

Now that Democrats control the House, efforts to hold this administration accountable have been stymied because White House staffers have been told to ignore subpoenas from Democratic committee chairs.

What has happened to our checks-and-balances? When will Americans rise up and demand this administration adhere to our Constitution?

When will we take a stand?

CJ Waldron is a retired English teacher from upstate New York. An adjunct instructor at Horry Georgetown Technical College, he lives in Conway, SC with his wife, Donna.

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