I simply cannot believe that the subject of the difference between the unlimited powers of a King, or Emperor, are being compared and discussed with the limited powers of the people’s elected representative. Almost every school child is exposed to some part of the roots of this nation which are embedded in the Declaration of Independence and of course our Constitution. The contention that one person is above the law, and superior to his fellow citizens was dealt with in the very first line; “… We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, ….”. Note the expression “All men” and its simplicity, not some men, or except the president.
The people who wrote these lines were upset by the actions of King George III and delineated the things that they felt he had no right to do, or cause his government to do, so they listed many of the objections that they felt were beyond his powers to do; ” … The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states…”
For those who never really paid attention in school to the details that incited so many of our ancestors take arms and risk their lives, their liberty, their wealth and the safety of their homes and families, they took the trouble to point out the actions that they felt were King George’s illegal seizure of powers, here are a few of some of his illegal actions that apply to the current discussion; ” …. He has obstructed the administration of justice, ……. He has made judges dependent on his will alone, …… He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people. …”
There are some forty other specific violations of English and Colonial laws and customs which, taken in sum indicate that even the King does not have unlimited powers, and justify their actions of rebellion and institution of a newly independent nation, a nation where there would be no King who believed he had unlimited powers. Fifteen years later, after a long bloody struggle these same patriots constructed a government of laws, not men putting an executive at its head, whose term and powers were limited and subject to indictment and removal by the Congress should he be convicted of; “…. Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors…”
Now we have a president in power who may have committed treason by conspiring to tamper with our election procedures, a man who seems to have accepted funds and favors from foreign powers and domestic entities, a man who has repeatedly attempted to block, obstruct and derail the process of justice and investigation into potential criminal acts, a man who has surrounded himself with an assembly of foreign and domestic persons so unworthy of trust and office as to cast serious doubt on his capacity to govern. And now he and his agents have proffered a legal theory that is inimacable to the wellbeing of the nation’s established rule of law. It is plain to anyone who can read that our nation was founded and lived by the principle that NO Man, or Woman, not even King George III, is or has been above our laws. It is time, perhaps past time, for our Congress and all its members to step forward and resume its rightful position as a willing and able participant of this government and not a dupe of an incompetent executive.
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