An Imbalanced Balance of Powers

Essential to the genius of the American government as envisioned by the Founding Fathers is the balance of powers. Not trusting in the innate goodness of the human heart, they wanted a system of checks and balances so that no one person could gain monarchial or tyrannical power.

Think of where we are at now. A Republican Congress which has already demonstrated that non of its members have the wits to withstand the manipulative and deceitful powers of our Republican president-elect. One of trump’s first acts, of course, will be the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice and he has already made clear that he will nominate someone who will tilt the balance strongly in his own direction.

White House, Congress, Supreme Court: For at least two years and maybe four, all three will be centered on a man who has a long and thoroughly proven record of being a crook, a liar, a manipulator, a man who does not hold himself accountable for his own words, who believes he is the smartest person in the world, who prefers ignorance because it allows him more freedom to manipulate “truth” from day to day and moment to moment.

How did we work ourselves into such an extremely weak and vulnerable position? There are a thousand parts to the answer. We’ve tolerated racism as the detritus of the Civil War. We’ve let right wing talk radio foster an extremely unhealthy mentality of conspiracy thinking. We’ve not done well at teaching history and civics to our children.  We allowed the rise of the “Tea Party” and its elevation of ignorance as a virtue. On and on, the list could go.

Unfortunately, there is no one in Washington with the power to do anything about it. the deck is now strongly stacked against thoughtfulness, wisdom, compassion. Mental enslavement to a few pat answers, mostly about a simplistic view of economics, is going to leave us nearly helpless for some time to come.

To a frightening degree, the key to our future lies in the hands of a man who has already proven he will abuse the law in any and every way he can for his own personal gain. Even in his choice of Secretary of Defense he abuses the law, which says no one can be part of the Cabinet who had being active in the military in the prior seven years. trump simply expects in this — and undoubtedly in countless other areas — that the laws will be bent to suit him.

My worst fears about trump preferring tyranny as a form of leadership are already being fulfilled and the man isn’t even president yet. Shame on America for letting this happen.


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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