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"So this is how liberty dies -- with a rambling, incoherent monologue. Trump’s bizarre -- and, to be brutally honest, frightening -- Friday morning appearance in the Rose Garden..." If @Will_Bunch wrote it, you should read it.
2/ "The import of what Trump was actually doing--triggering 1 of most signif constit crises in Amer history--as buried in alarming incoherence of delivery. Instead of case for his bogus “national emergency," short-fingered-vulgarian-in-chief presented urgent argument for 25th A"
3/ "It’s wrong not to recog there’s a history of POTUS power grabs, but this kicks it up several notches. Never b4 has a pres claimed authority to spend $ on a project that had been so clearly rebuffed by Congress, the branch of govt that is supposed to control gov purse strings"
4/ "Like the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water, we’ve been soaking in the hot tub time machine of an increasingly imperial presidency for at least 3/4 of a century, and Congress, the courts and, yes, the voters -- us -- have been OK with every dial turn of the stove"
5/ "When presidents exceeded their authority and weren’t challenged, excessive authority was now normalized..."
6/ "How did presidents get away with this? A lot of it had to do with the partisan fault lines that have emerged since Watergate. As the most politically engaged folks -- including the electorate -- grew more partisan, people cared not about process but about outcomes."
7/ "[E]ven though the Robert Mueller criminal probe may restrain Trump, “it’s important to remember that the ‘imperial presidency’ will outlive any one president unless more is done to institute real checks and balances on the office itself.”
8/ "Lawmakers need to try..to draft legis to make sure pres can’t bomb people all over the world or spend tax $ w/out approval of elected reps. For ex, we need a “national emergency” law that will make it not only not so easy for the pres to declare one, but virtually impossible"
9/ "But that won’t happen unless we, the people, get behind it. That means actually caring about the process and the Constitution -- even when it’s our own political party and a president that we like who’s committing the abuses."
10/10 "Neither impeachment nor repentance would make much difference if the people themselves had come to an unconscious acceptance of the imperial Presidency.”

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