Letters to the Editor: How we the people are letting Trump destroy our democracy
July 5, 2020
By Donald DiFrancesco
A new poll shows that only 33 percent of people favor Trump’s impeachment, and only 32 percent believe the charges are “enough.” The same poll, only one week ago, showed that 79 percent of respondents favored impeaching the president, while only 9 percent felt that “it’s time to impeach the president.”
A Gallup poll shows that only 20 percent of Americans trust the president, while only 14 percent say the president is acting in the public’s best interest.
With the impeachment process going on behind closed doors at the House Judiciary Committee, we have lost most of our democracy, the Constitution has been abridged, and the rule of law has been subverted.
It is now clear that the same individuals who say it is “not a democracy,” have lost all faith in our system of government. This has been going on for far too long and the people need to recognize it.
The people need to recognize that this is a partisan, and partisan-driven process that will ultimately result in more power for the president, not less.
The people of America need to realize that a president cannot make legitimate economic policy and a president can’t exercise the power of impeachment without the consent of the people.
The Constitution does not guarantee a president a blank check to do whatever he or she wants, even to violate the Bill of Rights.
It was in Article II that the Constitution recognizes the need for an executive branch: “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” It was also in Article II for the president to have to gain the support of the House and Senate. The president’s power is limited, and he or she need to convince both houses before being seated, as well as the people before being impeached.
What the Constitution does not guarantee is that the president would be free to break the law with impunity. The Constitution does not guarantee that the president could make a decision at the whim of the executive branch, however, if the president acts in a manner that infringes on the rights set forth