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Thu Sep 22, 2016, 02:41 PM

 

Trumpism Is the Symptom of a Gravely Ill Constitution

Trumpism Is the Symptom of a Gravely Ill Constitution
No matter what happens in November, the sickness may be terminal.
GARRETT EPPS SEP 20, 2016

In less than two months, the American experiment in constitutional self-government may hit the wall of history. Even if the disaster of a Trump presidency is averted, this fallís presidential campaign suggests that the United States Constitution is gravely, perhaps terminally, ill.

Trumpism is the symptom, not the cause, of the malaise. I think we have for some time been living in the post-Constitution era. Americaís fundamental law remains and will remain important as a source of litigation. But the nation seems to have turned away from a search of values in the Constitution, regarding it instead as a set of annoying rules.


A Trump victory would render the Constitution as toothless as the Statuto Albertino of 1848 after Mussoliniís March on Rome. Thatís not because Trump proposes violating this or that provision; it is because, to him and his followers, the Constitution is simply nonexistent.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/trumpism-is-the-symptom-of-a-gravely-ill-constitution/500831/

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Thu Sep 22, 2016, 02:52 PM

1. Not sure what the Constitution has to do with this.

 

I am all in favor of scrapping parts of the Constitution and replacing it but nothing is responsible for Trump other than a dying and immoral political party commonly known as the GOP.
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Thu Sep 22, 2016, 03:24 PM

2. The Constitution is magnificent. It's served us

in times so different that we might be on different worlds and is still strong and functioning well.

This is an electorate problem. Voters have always been the great weakness of republics.

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Thu Sep 22, 2016, 03:24 PM

3. Nothing wrong with our Constitution. The problems lie with the interpretation.

 

When the courts, particularly the SCOTUS, can make rulings that go against previous rulings, with justices that are political activists, then there is a problem with the interpretation. The Citizens United ruling is the prime case point.

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