Jonathan Rauch, Contributing writer at The Atlantic, has astutely noted five de facto constitutional amendments established by Trump and the Repugnant Party. It’s a good article, and I encourage all to read it.
My only criticism of Rauch’s article: he failed to note that the new amendments only apply for the benefit of Repugnant presidents. The Repugnant Party will howl like holy Hell when a Democrat seeks to invoke them (as will I).
Here, from Rauch’s Atlantic article, are Trump’s five de facto amendments to the U.S. Constitution:
Amendment 1. No president shall be removed from office for treason, bribery, or any other crime or misdemeanor, no matter how high, should a partisan minority of the Senate choose to protect him.
Amendment 2. Congressional oversight shall be optional. No congressional subpoena or demand for testimony or documents shall bind a president who chooses to ignore it.
Amendment 3. Congressional appropriations shall be suggestions. The president may choose whether or not to comply with congressional spending laws, and Congress shall have no recourse should a president declare that his own priorities supersede Congress’s instructions.
Amendment 4. The president shall have authority to make appointments as he sees fit, without the advice and consent of the Senate, provided he deems his appointees to be acting, temporary, or otherwise exempt from the ordinary confirmation process.
Amendment 5. The president shall have unconstrained authority to dangle and issue pardons for the purpose of obstructing justice, tampering with witnesses, and forestalling investigations.
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