Presidents v. The Constitution

Then President Barack Obama and then President Elect Donald Trump (Pete Souza).

Then President Barack Obama and then President Elect Donald Trump (Pete Souza).

We live in a political era in which several Americans presidents in a row have been severely criticized, often with claims they violated the U.S. Constitution, and hit with calls for their removal.  The current one, Donald Trump, is certainly no exception.

Just in the last few days, a senator claimed President Trump had “castrated” the Secretary of State; Trump named a woman who denies climate change and who calls wind and solar power parasitic to be energy advisor; Trump’s campaign has been subpoenaed over sexual assault charges; and U.S. states are suing over Trump’s move to destroy the Affordable Care Act.

While the numbers of such battles and accusations is very high right now, battles between the president and constitutionalists is nothing new.  To put a perspective on what’s happening now, it may be time to reflect on battles that happened before Donald Trump or Barack Obama before him were elected to America’s highest office.

Even back then, Andrew P. Napolitano noted in The Wall Street Journal that Most Presidents Ignore the Constitution.

JANUS-Tête-à-Tête photo by Pete Souza. This image is a work of an employee of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

10 thoughts on “Presidents v. The Constitution

  1. Just because some bleeding hearts says it’s not in the constitution doesn’t mean it’s right. People are fighting Donald Trump tooth and nail over everything he does. They didn’t do that with Obama.

    • I don’t know how you can say they didn’t fight Barack Obama. People tried to get him impeached before he even took office.

  2. I don’t that anyone fully understands how the Constitution works. But it seems we have more battles with ourselves than with our enemies.

  3. If we didn’t fight so much, maybe things would work a whole lot better. Why can’t we get along?

  4. Sometimes I think the law is so complicated that not even the politicians understand. Alden, didn’t you make a quote about that?

    • Thanks for asking; I made a couple.

      One is this:

      The laws that a person must follow should not be more numerous, complex, obscure, nor difficult than that person could reasonably know and follow.

  5. It SCOTUS knew laws not a problem Donald Trump is trying to save America but liberal demoncrats fight him all the way they want to destroy American and give it to foreingers theyre enemies of America I love America they hate it get rid of them keep Trump!

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