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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 02:09 PM

Schwab: Everything we needed to know we learned from Trump

Win or lose, Trump has been an effective educator. Some lessons we may have suspected previously, but, like all great teachers, he’s made them unforgettable.

He’s taught us the Constitution is only as good as the intentions of those charged with defending it. Because its creators assumed at least minimal commitment to its principles, it contains all-but-unworkable remedies for presidential incompetence, mendacity and avarice, especially when combined with greed and hypocrisy from his party.

We’ve learned that constitutionally required congressional oversight, and the Emoluments Clause, and such laws as the Hatch Act are meaningless. “Presidents,” Trump teaches us, can ignore them with impunity. By Trump’s schooling, impeachment works only if Congress considers obstruction of justice and abuse of power more felonious than fellatio. And Section Four of the 25th Amendment is vapor.

We’ve learned about turning government agencies — Justice, State, Intelligence, even Postal Service and the Census Bureau — into instruments of “presidential” power; about making the presidency a personal profit center, millions not caring how dangerous and corrupt it is, and Republicans uninterested in stopping it.

Since day one, Trump educated us about Americans’ willingness to excuse, deny or ignore opprobrious presidential lies. He’s shown the degree to which right-wing media have succeeded in extinguishing their audience’s ability to distinguish — much less care about — truth.

https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/schwab-everything-we-needed-to-know-we-learned-from-trump/

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Oct 31 OP
Chainfire Oct 31 #1
TreasonousBastard Oct 31 #5
marybourg Oct 31 #2
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Oct 31 #3
doc03 Oct 31 #4
KT2000 Oct 31 #6
Normanart Oct 31 #7
BigmanPigman Oct 31 #8

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 02:11 PM

1. To sum up...

Our Representative Democracy is more fragile than any of us suspected.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 02:25 PM

5. As Franklin supposedly said, it's "a republic as long as you can keep it."

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 02:13 PM

2. That's "Sid Schwab" on someting called Heraldnet.

Not the Chas. Schwab brokerage.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #2)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 02:16 PM

3. Yes that's true. He does a column every Saturday

I've usually put his name up because others have confused him with Charles Schwab.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 02:20 PM

4. If we get him out there needs to more enforceable laws

to prevent this from ever happening again. Never figured how Hitler managed to come to power now we have seen it can happen here to.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 02:28 PM

6. A most excellent read

He captured the last four years and the erosion of the democracy beautifully.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 03:03 PM

7. Nailed it

The question now is what can be done to address the glaring inadequacies of our system. We can only hope a Biden administration will be able to clean up the mess.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 04:52 PM

8. I would add social media as well as right wing media.

"Americans’ willingness to excuse, deny or ignore opprobrious presidential lies. He’s shown the degree to which right-wing media have succeeded in extinguishing their audience’s ability to distinguish — much less care about — truth."

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