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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Tenth Week of Trump – Confirmation Hearings

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

Senator Jeff Session of Alabama, sat in front of his colleagues on the judiciary committee and lied to them about his intentions. He has been nominated to be the Attorney General of the United States, and while he has spent his career as a prosecutor, and his career in politics, working in whatever way he could to undermine the rights of citizens to vote, he sat in front of his colleagues and promised to defend.
He spent the last several years in the senate advocating for the torture of prisoners, and then he lied to his colleagues and told them he would oppose such measures as Attorney General.
He sat before his colleagues and pretended that he would dutifully challenge the President if the President was engaged in some activities that were illegal, unconstitutional, criminal, and yet in accepting the nomination to be Attorney General he has tacitly signed on to serve a man who lies once every five minutes, who cannot (will not) separate the office he has been elected to, from business interests, and will be in violation of the constitution’s emolument clause, simply based on the debt he owes to foreign banks, from the moment he is sworn in.
Donald Trump, the T-Rump, will be in violation of the constitution from the first moment of his Presidency, his nominee for the position of Attorney General, promises to uphold the law, and at the same time refuses to see it.
The senate this week voted to give a waiver to a General, James Mattis, former commandant of the Marine Corps, so that he would eligible to serve as the Secretary of Defense. We have laws in place to guarantee that our military is under civilian control, that law requires the passage of at least seven years. Before a career military official can serve as Secretary of defense.
Most observers believe that James Mattis will the serve the country faithfully, and will possibly be a moderating influence of President T-Rump, but it is an indictment of our system, and the  President Elect, that a candidate for this post could not be found, who would not have required this waiver.
It is vital to our democracy, that our institutions continue to function the way that they were intended, with the separation of powers, with the separation of church and state, with the right of due process, with access to the ballot, and where the freedom of speech includes the right to be heard, where the right to vote includes the right to have you vote counted.
T-Rump is a threat to our democracy.

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