Number 364

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 364 18 December 2014 We have been cursed to live in interesting times. Mocking The Constitution The setting You know that US presidents issue executive orders that are illegitimate assumptions of power. Those ukases are illegal because the federal constitution forbids them. You are aware of the facts because you read the book review in NTG Nr. 359, and you read the commentary on presidential power in Nr. 361. You learned more from the first item in Nr. 362, and you will recall that in that commentary, this newsletter referred to the House Republicans as “spineless” and “sappy”. So — what? Well, the Republicans are indeed insipid and worse than careless. They have also violated their oath of office. Specifics: step one Exactly how they committed that violation is explained in detail here. Do take the time to read it. The people’s representatives have a sacred responsibility to study proposed legislation, understand it, and deny passage to bills that endorse presidential malfeasance. In the case in question, a failure to exercise prudential scrutiny is glaringly present. The Republicans have stupidly and slothfully ignored their duty and endorsed executive overreach. It is tragic that both Democrats and Republicans have conspired to tolerate and encourage the illegal dictatorial actions of the current president. Step two A week later, Congress passed a compromise bill that will keep...

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