Clippings: “Constitutional Crisis?” (Sept. 9, 2018)

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An Insider’s View of Trump:

“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails.
We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.”

-John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff (reported by Bob Woodward in Fear)

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Constitutional Crisis? The debate is only beginning:

“John Kerry: ‘This is a genuine constitutional crisis'” at:
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/05/politics/john-kerry-constitutional-crisis-cnntv/

“We’re Watching an Antidemocratic Coup Unfold” at:
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/09/trump-mattis-kelly-new-york-times/569416/

Trump believes the government should subjugate rule of law to his political needs.
Read “The Proud Corruption of Donald Trump” at:
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/09/trump-sessions-justice-department-hunter-collins/569239/

Continued Fall-out From the Past Week:

“There’s No Coup Against Trump,” arguing that American democracy is
imperiled by Republicans enablers rather than op-eds from anonymous bureaucrats:
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/theres-no-coup-against-trump/569482/

See also: “Trump, alone” at:
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2018/09/06/trump-alone-301738

“Congressional Republicans Are the Real Authors of the Anonymous Op-Ed”
by Peter Beinert, who argues that the Constitution demands that the legislature serve
as a check on the executive and in its absence, unelected bureaucrats are taking it on
themselves to act. See:
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/congressional-republicans-abdicated-their-responsibilityand-provoked-a-palace-coup/569461/

Conflict of Interest. It’s a fact: Corruption reduces confidence in government.
In 1963, the year I was a college freshman, the Gallup poll asked “Do you believe
the U.S. government does the right thing all or most of the time?” More than 70%
of Americans said they did believe it. In 2016, even before Donald Trump took office,
Gallup asked the same question. But by then only 16% of Americans said they believed
the government does the right thing most of the time.

As the saying goes, “Houston, we have a problem.” For one illustration of the
problem read “The unconscionable conflicts of Jared Kushner” by Robert Reich at:
https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/reich/article/The-unconscionable-conflicts-of-Jared-Kushner-12729184.php

(Thanks to Marcia Witrogen Singer for bring this article to my attention)