Reluctant Donald Trump supporters believe a Trump presidency will be held in check with our bicameral Congress. Anti-Hillary Clinton folks who vote for Donald with this belief forget Republicans’ most strident complaint about the Obama administration: He is above the law.
President Barack Obama has used executive action to push his agenda more than any of his predecessors — and President George W. Bush used it more than any president before him. Why would anyone believe a President Trump to be anything different?
Until we rid the Congress of lobbyists and big-money influence, and pass fair campaign finance laws, the chances of having an effective check on the executive branch are almost nil.
So, if you want to believe — in the face of hard evidence to the contrary — that a Trump presidency will do no harm, be prepared for what your wishful thinking could produce: President Trump declaring your race, your religion, your skin color or ethnicity to be the enemy of the state.
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Of course we all believe that could never happen in the United States of America, but …
David Deick, Atascadero