Of What Is Trump Afraid?

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I typically try not to post about politics in this blog, but it is more and more difficult not to say anything. Our President is acting like he is above the law, and he now has an Attorney General who behaves like a personal lawyer to Trump and not the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America.

It feels very much like a massive constitutional crisis or crises will soon occur, and I fear for our very democracy.

Our first President, George Washington, in his farewell address spoke of both the dangers of not obeying the law and of the perils of political parties:

But the Constitution which at any time exists, until changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle and of fatal tendency. (11)

Washington does not say that all people, except the President must obey the law; he says that everyone must obey the edicts of The Constitution.

Furthermore, he adds his thoughts on the risk of party loyalty opening the country to foreign influence:

It [political party] serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another. (14)

The words of our first President are wise, and we should take heed of them. All citizens of the United States of America should ask themselves: what matters more to them–their allegiance to a political party or to the country?

I hope most Americans, liberal, conservative, and independent, choose country over political party.

And I ask again–why is Trump afraid of Mueller testifying? If he is innocent, then he should have nothing to fear. If he is guilty, then he is trying to stop justice.

Works Cited:

(https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/Washingtons_Farewell_Address.pdf)

 

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24 thoughts on “Of What Is Trump Afraid?

  1. Yes, I agree with you completely. Many Americans don’t see the danger we are in and it is for us Writers to write about freedom and the constitution that has kept America a Democratic Republic for all of these years. They don’t realize that it can change in an instant…given the circumstances we are in right now, at this moment in time, and once lost, it is lost forever. Thank for a brilliant post,

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  2. Reblogged this on K. DeMers Dowdall and commented:
    “Why is Trump afraid of Mueller testifying? If he is innocent, then he should have nothing to fear. If he is guilty, then he is trying to stop justice” written by Professor Charles F. French. Keep reading… as I write that: “where there is smoke there is fire and we are headed for a Bonfire! Democracy is fragile and if we writers and authors don’t help to take care of it, it will die on the vine, and so will we as writers and authors. the news media, movies, music…you name it and it will be censured, not to mention a sad goodbye to healthcare and social security too. So, if you dare, please read this great essay about your future, our future, your children’s future and the planet’s future, but only if you truly care.

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  3. The Constitution does grant a limited immunity, but it’s not for the President, but for members of Congress: they are immune from arrest when attending sessions of Congress, and going to and from Congress for that purpose. They can be arrested elsewhere and elsewhere, and are not immune from prosecution. And in case of truly heinous crimes, such as treason, they lose even that immunity. (Article I, Section 6, second sentence)

    Since the Constitutional Convention thought to put in that provision for Congress, but made no equivalent provision for the President, we can safely conclude they meant none.

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