On Protecting America’s Democracy: The Presidency

@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG Last summer @BostonGlobe produced a six-part series recommended by @maddow of @MSNBC on protecting Americans from corrupt and tyrannical leaders.  Join Thursdays, 8 pm ET, from 1/13/22, “If America Fails?:  The Coming Tyranny.”

Resisting the march to Gilead requires we structure in specific ways, the institutions we rely upon to promote, protect and preserve America’s democracy, among other things.  This includes the U.S. Presidency, Supreme Court and Congress.  It’s not clear what steps our leaders are taking along these lines, but to clarify our own thoughts – to develop ideas on what we think needs to be done, Rachel Maddow recommends we read “Future-Proofing the Presidency,” by The Boston Globe.

Maddow described the six-part editorial series as basically a way “to tyrant proof the presidency in the wake of Trump,” so that corrupt and tyrannical leaders aren’t positioned to hurt the country.

Here are the six parts of “Future-Proofing the Presidency” by The Editorial Board of The Boston Globe, published in June, 2021: 

Part 1 – A treasure map for an American tyrant
Part 2 – Who owns the president?
Part 3 – A sordid family affair
Part 4 – Hiding the evidence
Part 5 – Rewards for doing the president’s bidding
Part 6 – The case for prosecuting Donald Trump

— LMO

Here are a few comments from Maddow’s recommendation:

The “basic idea,” said Maddow, “is that before we had somebody that bad and that destructive in office as president, as a country, we sort of thought that norms and rules and policies and strong recommendations and firm precedent would be enough to constrain the worst behavior by a potential president. We thought that stuff coming to light would bring about such shame and political opprobrium that a president wouldn`t do the worst stuff, not if there were norms against it.

“We learned the hard way over a very hard four-year period that those norms didn`t hold. They weren`t effective. He pardoned people for their crimes after praising them for not ratting on him. He installed his unqualified family members in higher level government jobs, and then directed millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to himself and his family`s private business, because he didn`t divest from his family`s private business.

“He took in payments from foreign governments, privately, while he was serving as president and making U.S. policy that served those foreign interests. I mean, even without all of obstruction of justice stuff, we`re not even scratching the surface here.

“The point of what The Globe is doing is they say, without reforms, the modern U.S. presidency under Trump was exposed as what they are calling a treasure map for an American tyrant…they have done a six-part series that sort of methodically lays out six major reforms and actions that the U.S. government could enact now. Things that the Trump experience shows we need before somebody else like that gets back into the presidency in order to make sure this doesn`t happen to us again or worse.

“…After the [precedent] busting, law breaking presidency of Trump, Congress needs to pass new laws to constrain future officeholders. That`s the case The Globe has made in this series.

“Curbs on the pardon power. Safeguards against nepotism. Broadening the power of Congress to investigate the president. Protections for whistleblowers. Requirements the presidents make financial disclosures to root out conflicts of interest…all of that is crucial to protect Americans against repeat [of the] last four years. But imposing stricter rules on future presidents by itself is clearly insufficient. Those presidents also need a clear message. One that will echo through history, that breaking the law in the Oval Office will actually be punished.

“…Trump`s presidency did not just expose glaring legal [weaknesses]. It also made clear that our institutions are incapable of holding presidents accountable for breaking even our existing laws.

“If Congress had played the role the founders envisioned, by removing Trump from the presidency after his criminality became clear in the Ukraine affair, that might have been enough of a deterrent to scare future presidents. But lawmakers didn`t do that.

“So now, there is only one way left to restore deterrence and convey to future presidents that the rule of law applies to them. The U.S. Justice Department must abandon two centuries of tradition by [indicting] and prosecuting Donald Trump for his conduct in office.”  — Rachel Maddow

SEE | Transcript | The Rachel Maddow Show | MSNBC | 6/9/2021

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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