Some years ago, I was an instructor in American Government in several area school districts and in a junior college.

Of all things considered, I spent an inordinate amount of time on the U.S. Constitution, the fount of our democratic governmental system.

It was a document that established, in theory at least, three coequal branches of government, each wielding basically enumerated powers.

A system of "checks and balances" allowed branches to "check" each other, as needed, to keep power balanced.

An "electoral college" system would act as a buffer between newly enfranchised voters and would-be usurpers of power.

There have been bumps in the 231 year, or thereabout, road to where we find ourselves today.

However, the executive assaults today are reaching alarming levels.

For example, the Supreme Court is allowing the building of the border wall with funds appropriated by Congress for other purposes, even as the original case remains in a lower federal court awaiting completion.

When Trump was elected, my first thought was that American voters are too little aware of similar things in history.

An unqualified individual with autocratic tendencies has been elected to the highest political office in our land.

God save our country!

Edward Williams

League City

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David Schuler

He did! He Saved our Country from Hillary, and i'm very thankful for that. Actually, the way I see it, Hillary was such a poor candidate she allowed herself to be beaten by Donald Trump. And if Trump is that bad, there ought to be scads of potential intelligent, sincere, open-minded Democratic candidates vying for a chance to challenge him next year. Where are they?

Charles Douglas


Gary Miller

God saved us from "qualified and Autocratic" Obama. Give thanks by re electing Trump.

George Caros

Last 24 hours we had two trump supports go on a rampage. That's Dump

Carlos Ponce

Whenever a Bernie Sanders supporter tried to take out Republican Congressmen, seriously wounding Rep. Steve Scalise you did not see Republicans taking the LOW ROAD placing the blame on Bernie. If you examine the FACTS in the case, the El Paso shooter is young but his defammatory attitude came years before - before Trump even announced his candidacy.

What did the Wal-Mart shooter post in his manifesto: "My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case."

Lets see, the shooter was from the Dallas area. If he was a Dallas Cowboy or Texas Ranger supporter would you lump them in with the killer's reason for killing?????

Emile Pope

Yes they did. And one in particular...

Carlos Ponce

Emile, think what you want. Truth never stops you.

Carlos Ponce

George Caros, posted, "Last 24 hours we had two trump supports go on a rampage. That's Dump"

The Dayton killer, Connor Betts, on his twitter page described himself as, a Leftist/Socialist who supports Elizabeth Warren and was upset with the election of Donald Trump......

Do we blame Elizabeth Warren for the shooting? Of course NOT.

Gary Miller

George> are talking about EL Paso and Ohio shooters? One was a Socialist Democrat, the other was a Antifa supporter. You should get facts before accusing.

Carlos Ponce

Autocrat? Definition: A ruler having unlimited power; a despot. You DID mention the case went to the Supreme Court which APPROVED of the wall funding, didn't you? The system of Checks and Balances is in place. And look at the law, specifically US Code 10-284:

"Support for counterdrug activities and activities to counter transnational organized crime. The Secretary of Defense may provide support for the counterdrug activities or activities to counter transnational organized crime of any other department or agency of the Federal Government or of any State, local, tribal, or foreign law enforcement agency for any of the purposes set forth in subsection (b) or (c), ...The maintenance, repair, or upgrading of equipment (including computer software), other than equipment referred to in paragraph (1) for the purpose of—.....(7)

Construction of roads and fences and installation of lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States."

This law was APPROVED by Congress, provisions signed into law by previous presidents, the last being Barack Hussein Obama.

"For example, the Supreme Court is allowing the building of the border wall with funds appropriated by Congress for other purposes...." posts Edward Williams.

Hmmm.... So CONGRESS approved of the transfer of funds, the transfer was approved by the Supreme Court........hardly autocratic.

"I [Edward Williams] spent an inordinate amount of time on the U.S. Constitution, the fount of our democratic governmental system." Spend more time, Edward. This time UNDERSTAND what you are reading. Looks like your partisanship is getting in the way of comprehension.

Charles Douglas


Emile Pope

Nothing but garbage. As usual...

Carlos Ponce

Yes, Emile, your post was "Nothing but garbage".

Emile Pope

Show me in your “proof” where it shows funding for a WALL? Otherwise it’s just blathering...

Carlos Ponce

I've already shown it to you before. The US Code specifies "fence" and you said that was not a "wall" but Trump has gone with the border agents' input of using see through Bollard Fencing. Wall, fence, barrier - the nomenclature doesn't matter. It still secures our border.

Here's the link, once again:

David Smith

And yet..You were quiet as a monday morning church when our country was being run by an unqualified Presiden who spent 8 years trying to tear this country apart and turn all Americans against one another...

Gary Miller

David. If GOD really cares about our elections Trump should win all 50 states. Then we'll have a 4 year witch hunt trying to prove Trump "colluded or conspired with GOD".

Casey Alan

Amen. It seems this president can break any law he wants to and can get away with it. So-called Republicans will turn their head away just so they can remain in power. No Democrat, no independent would ever be allowed to get away with half the things he does.

Carlos Ponce

What law has he broken, Casey Alan?????????????????????

Claudia Burnam

Yeah Casey, what law????? E G Wiley

Charles Douglas

Libya intervention of 2011 ..War Powers Act of 1973. Chrysler Bailout, violation of Bankruptcy laws and Due Process in recovering funds, Obama Care Implementation favoritisms, Political profiling of conservatives by Lois Lerner of Barry's IRS, ASSAULT on free speech and the first amendment at the University of Montana in 2013. Institution of Cap and Trade in 2014 pitting section 111 against section 112 of the clean power plan in error! Lord ..don't forget about DACA AND DAPA, where BARRY OBAMA decided to set-up his on laws to deal with illegal immigrants and their under aged children, juxtaposed what established immigration laws would allow! To make matter worse,... DACA still exists!! Go figure that! This author is praying to God, for something God has already done! Obama is finished tearing this country down, shipping it's jobs to China, Mexico, and India, he is done doing world tours apologizing for American excellent and systematically destroying our military. Proverbs 4:7 says wisdom is the principal thing but in all your getting....get understanding!!!!!

Emile Pope

All a bunch of disproven conspiracy theories that sensible people laugh at...

Carlos Ponce

All proven, Emile.

Harvey Mueller

Sure funny listening to the left suddenly being worried about the Constitution and the rule of law after all the abuses of Obama and his ilk.

Emile Pope

What are you talking about?

Gary Miller

When Trump enforces laws passed by Democrats progressives claim he is breaking a law?

Emile Pope

Obstruction of justice...

Carlos Ponce

Obstruction of justice.

RATCLIFFE: And then in Volume 2, for reasons that you explained, the special counsel did not make a determination on whether there was an obstruction of justice crime committed by the president. Is that fair?

MUELLER: Yes, sir.

Dan Freeman

Interesting person to quote out of context: "Representative John Ratcliffe, Republican of Texas, had said on his House website and in campaign material that he had tried suspects accused of funneling money to the Hamas terrorist group. But instead, an aide said, Mr. Ratcliffe had investigated side issues related to an initial mistrial, and did not prosecute the case either in that proceeding or in a successful second trial." It took two days to identify Ratcliffe as a liar, another Trump swamp creature.

Carlos Ponce

You missed the point. Mueller agreed with John Ratcliffe.

As to John Ratcliffe's claim on his website: "Ratcliffe has firsthand experience combating terrorism. When serving by special appointment in U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation, he convicted individuals who were funneling money to Hamas behind the front of a charitable organization."

“John was appointed to look into allegations of potential misconduct involving a juror and one or more of the defendants in that case,” Nathan Garrett, a formal federal prosecutor who worked on the trial team, told The Federalist Tuesday morning. “John is a stellar lawyer, experienced national security prosecutor and leader, and a man of the highest character.”

The initial claim that he was misleading in his House website came from ABC News. “ABC News could find no public court records that connect Ratcliffe to either of the two trials for the case,” the article claimed. “Former officials directly involved in the decade-long Holy Land Foundation investigation could not recall Ratcliffe having any role, and four former defense attorneys who served on the cases told ABC News on Monday they had no recollection of Ratcliffe being involved with any of the proceedings that resulted in the convictions of their clients.”

BUT, Garrett, who is listed on the federal court docket for the Holy Land Foundation case as one of the prosecutors of record representing the United States, told The Federalist that ABC News never contacted him for comment prior to publishing its article.

“No,” he responded when asked directly whether anyone from ABC News contacted him about its story.

So ABC LIED when they reported "Former officials directly involved in the decade-long Holy Land Foundation investigation could not recall Ratcliffe having any role." They recall Ratcliffe. ABC didn't ask.

David Smith

Can you imagine the outrage if Trump sent billions overrseas to a country that is trying to build nuculear weapons to destroy The USA ?

Carlos Ponce

What about the outrage if Trump sent money to influence the elections in one of our allied countries like Obama did?

Charles Douglas

Didn't hear no outrage. Just like we are not hearing any outrage after Ilhan Omar' s and other "SQUAD" members' anti-semitic remarks against Israel! Crickets!!!!!! The devil is trying to make his big move! Take out America, ..and then Israel is left for the taking! He, along with his minions just can't figure it out that God is protecting Israel. Oh well....

Gary Miller

Charles> If Democrats enforced laws they write Obama and hundreds of his kind would be rotting in jail. Hillary would be in prison until dead. Before she is convicted her passport should be revoked and the Clinton foundation seized by government under the RICO law. If she skips with all that money she might get elected president of Iran or Venisuella.

Charles Douglas

All a bunch of disproven conspiracy theories that sensible people laugh at...[ Emile Pope ] __________ _______

Hey...I gave up on up rationalizing the reason for that chip on your shoulder...thirty years ago alone with a lot of other people. You are entitled to your opinion alone, but NOT the opinions of sensible people!

Connie Patterson

How about them Astros ?

Gary Miller

Connie. I.m a Rangers fan. They aren't very good this year. I would like Altuve to be voted MVP of the world series. He is certainly the MVP of the Astros and one of this eras most entertaining players. Wish he was a Ranger.

Randy Chapman

Really Gary? Jesus! First, you want to take the USS Texas into the Gulf and sink her to save money, and now you're a Ranger's fan? Is nothing sacred to you?!!!!! [unsure]

Gary Miller

Randy> Two opinions I have the right to have. Neither have anything sacredligios about them. A friend of mine was treated poorly by the LAstros. Baseball is just an entertainment for me. Is it a religion for you?

Charles Douglas

Gary, I got one for you!!! How about those Texas Longhorns??????

I've been a fan since way back there when they beat-up on Navy and Roger The Dodger in the COTTON Bowl! I was like Bubba Smith from Beaumont Charlton Pollard High School, who wanted to play for Darrel Royal and Texas. However back then as you know, the Southwest Conference was not integrated. So, Bubba Smith went to Michigan State under Duffy Daugherty and I went to Grambling State under the coaching of the great Eddie Robinson! Little history for you sir! I don't think the late Bubba Smith was ever bitter about it, and I know I was not! Just the way things were! What was bitterness then or now going to help? I'm a VICTOR not a victim!!!!!

Michelle Aycoth

Wonder if I wrote the same article about Obama whether it would get posted by the GDN ?

sheryl tillson

Probably not!

Paula Flinn

The El Paso killer was a white supremacist who deliberately set out to kill Mexicans. That’s the truth, and it should be chilling to all of us. The President fans the flames of degradation and violence at his rallies that are covered by the press. That’s my opinion.

Carlos Ponce

"The El Paso killer was a white supremacist who deliberately set out to kill Mexicans." And we was a white supremacist BEFORE Trump even announced his candidacy in 2015. AND THAT'S THE TRUTH.

Another Truth - The LIBERAL PRESS fans the flames of degradation and violence. You cannot deny it.

Carlos Ponce

The El Paso killer was an Environmentalist nutjob. READ what he wrote:

"However, our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country. The decimation of the environment is creating a massive burden for future generations. Corporations are heading the destruction of our environment by shamelessly overharvesting resources. This has been a problem for decades. For example, this phenomenon is brilliantly portrayed in the decades old classic “The Lorax”. Water sheds around the country, especially in agricultural areas, are being depleted. Fresh water is being polluted from farming and oil drilling operations. Consumer culture is creating thousands of tons of unnecessary plastic waste and electronic waste, and recycling to help slow this down is almost non-existent. Urban sprawl creates inefficient cities which unnecessarily destroys millions of acres of land. We even use god knows how many trees worth of paper towels just wipe water off our hands. Everything I have seen and heard in my short life has led me to believe that the average American isn’t willing to change their lifestyle, even if the changes only cause a slight inconvenience. The government is unwilling to tackle these issues beyond empty promises since they are owned by corporations. Corporations that also like immigration because more people means a bigger market for their products. I just want to say that I love the people of this country, but god damn most of y’all are just too stubborn to change your lifestyle. So the next logical step is to decrease the number of people in America using resources. If we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can become more sustainable."

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