As reaction mounts to the anonymous New York Times op ed written by a high level White House Staffer, I am wondering how our “founding fathers” could have missed this one.
Honestly, I have always thought of the U.S. Constitution as quite a brilliant document – the creation of something wholly new at its time, where the balance of power is well considered and individual rights well balanced against those assigned to government.
But in the current political climate, something is terribly off.
Because there is mounting evidence from those who work most closely with President Trump, at best, think he is temperamentally unsuited to fulfill the job and, at worst, believe him too mentally unstable to hold such power. And regardless of which is closer to the truth, we see NO INVESTIGATION, NO HEARING, and NO QUESTIONS coming from this GOP-controlled Congress.
Both Senators and House representatives are required by law to swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution. And in Article One, Section 8 of that Constitution it states —
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States.”
Concerns raised about Donald Trump are certainly a lot more serious than President Clinton messing around with a White House Intern, though that was certainly wrong. But there was no threat posed to our country. And Congress was certainly eager to hold hearings and talk of impeachment back then. In my mind, the current situation is even more serious than Richard Nixon’s Watergate cover-up when Congress did a full investigation that ultimately forced his resignation. This is the way our system is supposed to work.
But now, accusations are being made about Trump’s mental stability and very capability to do the job! And nobody is Congress is acting. Doesn’t this warrant some sort of inquiry? Of ANY kind? Isn’t the possibility of nuclear war at stake here? Not to mention relations with allies, global economic prosperity, and the reputation of the United States internationally.
That this could happen points out a serious flaw in our country’s founding principles. Because I’m certain NO ONE involved in the writing of the Constitution ever envisioned that such serious concerns could be raised about a sitting president and our government’s sophisticated system of checks and balances would fail so miserably to protect us. Maybe someone should be talking about a constitutional amendment to fix this!