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Republicans Failed In Their Responsibility

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 01/29/17 11:19

by Dave Mindeman

Donald Trump is challenging our Constitution. What he is doing with this latest executive order, flies in the face of the entire document.

And here's the problem.

Republicans won the last election. It was narrow but they won. They control the House, the Senate, the Presidency. They argue that they have a mandate, although I think many people would challenge that particular assertion.

But here is the bottom line.

If you control the government, then you have very important responsibility. You are now the defense line for Constitutional protection. And if yesterday is any indication, the Republicans have failed miserably in that regard.

The silence was deafening. Trump's order was questionable in its broad outline, but to include Green Card status and a religious test in the fine print clearly violates the Constitution in regards to due process and religious liberty.

The Republicans failed because they remained silent. They did not meet the test. They did not protect our rights and are allowing a slippery slope into authoritarianism to continue.

Remember yesterday. Do not forget.

And Democrats have to step up and challenge all of this. The grass roots came through yesterday. The ACLU did its job. Now, Democratic leadership needs to do theirs.

These are perilous times and what we do now matters.
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