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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Robert Reich: I keep hearing that if [Donald] Trump fires [Robert] Mueller we'll face a constitutional crisis. Or if Mueller subpoenas Trump to testify and Trump defies the subpoena, it's a constitutional crisis. Or if Mueller comes up with substantial evidence that Trump is guilty of colluding with Russia or of obstructing justice but the House doesn't move to impeach him, we'll have a constitutional crisis. I have news for you. We're already in a constitutional crisis. For a year and a half the president of the United States has been carrying out a systemic attack on the institutions of our democracy.

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A constitutional crisis does not occur suddenly like a coup that causes a system of government to collapse. It occurs gradually, as that system is slowly weakened. The current crisis has been unfolding since the waning days of the 2016 campaign when Trump refused to say whether he'd be bound by the election results if Hillary won.

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"It intensifies when he uses the presidency as a personal fiefdom to enrich himself and his family; unilaterally breaks treaties and starts trade wars with long-standing allies; and expresses admiration for some of the most murderous dictators in the world.

The crux of America's current constitutional crisis is this: Our system of government was designed to constrain power, but Trump doesn't want his power to be constrained.

Our system was conceived as a means of promoting the public interest, but Trump wants to promote only his own interest.

Our system was organized to bind presidents to the Constitution, but Trump doesn't want to be bound by anything.

The crisis will therefore worsen as long as Trump can get away with it. A megalomaniac unconstrained by countervailing power becomes only more maniacal. He will fill whatever political void exists with his unbridled ego.

The only legal way to constrain Trump is to vote for a Congress this November that will stand up to him. And then, in November 2020, vote him and his regime out of office.

If he refuses to accept the results of that election, as he threatened to do if he lost the 2016 election, he will have to be forcefully removed from office.

Friends, we are no longer trying to avert a constitutional crisis. We are living one. The question is how to stop it from destroying what's left of our democracy."

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-06-11 11:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Vote Dem this midterm election!

#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-06-11 11:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The man is entirely right.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2018-06-12 08:12 AM | Reply

I've been in awe for years about how forgiving the Right is for financial crimes, most especially Trump's. You can't get them to even talk it about it, for love or all the many millions in money Donald grifts.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2018-06-12 08:21 AM | Reply

We have a traitor in the WH. Deal with the reality of that. Donald Trump sold his Presidency to Vladimir Putin.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-06-12 08:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Don't worry--the GOP will wake up to this situation when the next Democrat is elected President...

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2018-06-12 08:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"...unilaterally breaks treaties... "#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-06-11 11:48 PM
See, when you can quote the article lying in your very first sentence, it's a good indication that the rest of the opinion piece is equally full of crap.

#7 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-06-12 10:02 AM | Reply

Reich is a drama queen. From his POV we have a constitutional crisis because his preferred candidate didn't win.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-12 10:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Reich is a drama queen. From his POV we have a constitutional crisis because "

HAHAHA

Face meets Palm

Jeffyj wants us to believe he himself did not claim a constitutional crisis every week, if not day, for 8 consecutive years
Maybe this is a confession? I doubt it. A confession takes some level of character

#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-06-12 10:53 AM | Reply

Ha, constitutional crisis is the new left buzz word. People are so done with this and the left will feel the hurt during the midterms where based on history they should roll.

#10 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-06-12 11:17 AM | Reply

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At least he's pretending to show some fealty to the Constitution. That in itself is refreshing.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-12 11:20 AM | Reply

9

partisan hysteria followed by partisan hysteria = filthy savage trolling JeffJ on his every post.

Question....do you get free toilet paper with the cigs and cheap booze, drunkeninjun?

#12 | Posted by eberly at 2018-06-12 11:20 AM | Reply

"Ha, constitutional crisis is the new left buzz word. People are so done with this and the left will feel the hurt during the midterms where based on history they should roll."

What a load of Covfefe

In an early-morning tweet last week, President Trump took aim once again at Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but with a brand new argument: "The appointment of the Special Councel," the president typed, "is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" ...

The People are not done until Mueller is.

October is going to be real interesting this year.

Spooky even.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-06-12 11:31 AM | Reply

Hey Look

ebs is here to defend the "honor" of his girlfriend

#14 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-06-12 11:41 AM | Reply

Your shrink should have you committed.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-12 11:42 AM | Reply

"Your shrink should have you committed"

Yes, its someone else fault you are a liar

sincerely

Your Mom

#16 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-06-12 11:46 AM | Reply

Hey jiffyj

By your estimate, how many times did you post "constitutional crisis" here during Obama's two terms?

#17 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-06-12 11:48 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

By your estimate, how many times did you post "constitutional crisis" here during Obama's two terms?
#17 | POSTED BY CHIEFTUTMOSES

Constitutional crisis? Zero. I posted "unconstitutional" a bunch of times though.

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-12 12:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Every. Single. Example. this guy gives are things that have been done before or things that mean nothing to the Constitution. The whole "sky is falling" rhetoric got old during Clinton and has just gotten older. Trump has done very little to attack any rights, laws, or principles discussed in the Constitution. All he has done are things Liberals don't agree with. Opinions are as American as protesting. Why does that logic only seem to apply when a Liberal uses it?

#19 | Posted by humtake at 2018-06-12 12:36 PM | Reply

Trump has done very little to attack any rights, laws, or principles discussed in the Constitution.

Blind, drunk and ignorant is no way to go thru life.

Pretty sure the 1st amendment is in the Constitution bro.

Pretty sure the Special Counsel is Constitutional.

Discriminating against particular races and religions such as Islam is not only unconstitutional it is against our creed.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-06-12 12:57 PM | Reply

I will never believe what Robert Reich says about anything.

#21 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-06-12 02:34 PM | Reply

I will never believe what Robert Reich says about anything.

#21 | POSTED BY Comrade SNIPPY

That's ok Snippy, anyone with 2 brain cells in their head never believes anything you say, so it looks like he has company.

#22 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-06-12 02:45 PM | Reply

-By your estimate, how many times did you post "constitutional crisis" here during Obama's two terms?

By your estimate, how many times have you been turned down at the local liquor store for offering BJs in exchange for a liter of Lord Calvert?

#23 | Posted by eberly at 2018-06-12 02:52 PM | Reply

When did anyone discriminate against American Muslims?

#24 | Posted by boaz at 2018-06-12 03:00 PM | Reply

Boaz. I know you're stupid. But even you should be able to look up hate crimes in America against Muslim Americans.

Hate crimes against American Muslims up 15%, says CAIR

#25 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-06-12 03:02 PM | Reply

"Constitutional crisis? Zero."

YEAH!

and you never booted the Laffer curve, either

Lies
nothing but lies
shame on you

#26 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-06-12 03:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#24

Try this one on for size:

m.huffpost.com

#27 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-06-12 03:22 PM | Reply

That's ok Snippy, anyone with 2 brain cells in their head never believes anything you say, so it looks like he has company.

#22 | POSTED BY ABORTED_MONSON AT 2018-06-12 02:45 PM
Now at least we understand why you believe him.

#28 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-06-12 04:23 PM | Reply

#27,

That article is from 2013. Lets try to stay in the present please. I'm not talking about what Obama did.

Islam has not been discriminated against. Only the craphole countries most of these Muslims are coming from.

And it's being done for a good reason.

#29 | Posted by boaz at 2018-06-13 08:18 AM | Reply

I will never believe what Robert Reich says about anything.

#21 | POSTED BY SNIPER

That's ridiculous. The guy is very intelligent, well-educated and is a thought-provoking writer. I disagree with him most of the time, but it's foolish to dismiss him so completely.

#30 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-13 10:57 AM | Reply

LMAO this whole investigation against Trump is nothing more that Hillary lost and we are going to make Trump pay for it. History will laugh at the left of this error because of the way they are acting towards what is shaping up to be a very successful presidency. Regardless of how you fell about the man he is doing a better job than most presidents at this point in their presidency

#31 | Posted by WTFIGO at 2018-06-13 02:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Regardless of how you fell about the man he is doing a better job than most presidents at this point in their presidency

#31 | Posted by WTFIGO

Swing and a miss.

Not even close.

James Buchanan, who was at the helm as the United States careened into civil war, was dislodged from his position as our nation's worst president by our current president, Trump.

No president has been as bad as Trump in his first few years.

Even Republican scholars only rate him at 40 out of 44, Independent scholars rate Trump at 43rd out of 44.

Democratic scholars naturally rate Trump at 44 out of 44.

#32 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-06-13 02:41 PM | Reply

Source for #32

www.nytimes.com

#33 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-06-13 02:42 PM | Reply

what is shaping up to be a very successful (Trump)presidency.

| Posted by WTFIGO at

Ye be daft.

You're like the guy on another thread who thinks kids will have fun in interment camps being indefinitely removed from their moms and dads.

Someone suggested you people were raised by wolves. Wolves do a much better job.

#34 | Posted by Zed at 2018-06-13 03:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"A constitutional crisis becomes especially dangerous when a president of the United States tells the public it cannot trust the government of the United States."

Wow.....I'm speechless, which is rare for me, so gimme a sec please.

Anyone here believe we should trust our government, regardless of party or who the president is at any given time?

"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." – Edward R Murrow

"Governments constantly choose between telling lies and fighting wars, with the end result always being the same. One will always lead to the other." – Thomas Jefferson

"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." – Tacitus

"To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured (and) commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so." – Pierre Joseph Proudhon

"Robert Reich is the chancellor's professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley."

No!! Not the same institution that has successfully kept politically conservative "public" figures, from taking part in its annual 'Free Speech Week'. Impossible!

#35 | Posted by 9mmHeater at 2018-06-14 02:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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