This week’s lot:
The culture: One likely outcome if current trends proceed (Article) (An extension of Murphy’s Law)
One economist’s prescription for diverting the U.S. from socialism (Article)
Venezuela: Update, seen from another side (Article)
Democrats: Socialists seeking control of the party say deficits will fund their program (Report) (Modern Monetary Theory replays “spend yourself rich”)
The economy: Free market capitalism is no more in the U.S. (Article)
More media: Fox News suspended “Judge Judy” for suggesting that Islam is not compatible with the U.S. Constitution (Report) (Islamic “Sharia” law does not meet Constitutional standards; Judge Judy was correct but never mind …)
Immigration: Why isn’t Prez Trump deporting illegals already under deportation orders? (Article)
The war on the internet: New Zealand/Australian telco CEO’s demand more censorship “to protect consumers” (Article)
Seattle: Update on cities of the future? (Report)
France: Are the “yellow vests” being framed? (Article)
Education: ADHD drugs frequently pressed upon students can initiate psychosis? (Report)
The climate: A judge halted gas/oil drilling over climate change (Report)
The economy: Another angle on Trump’s economic success (Report)
The war on the Internet: Google continues promoting censorship (Article)
Corruption: Politicians’ families benefitting from conflicted interest of China relations (Article)
The economy: A record 7M Americans have stopped repaying car loans? (Report)
Iran: Update (Aricle) (Clerical corruption, declining livees, growing unhappiness)
The culture: Your Volvo will soon call the cops on you if it thinks you’ve been drinking (Article)
Government: U.S. posts record budget deficit (Report)
Economy: Bond market flashing big recession signal? (Report)
U.S. Border enforcement: Update (Article)
Nautical history: An ancient Greek historian’s description of a pre-Christian ship was correct (Article)
Chicago: 3 dead, 20 wounded in weekend shootings (Report)
A woman was arrested for protesting naked in Pretoria (Report)
Enough already …
EDITORIAL: WHO CHOOSES THE U.S. PRESIDENT: THE PEOPLE OR THE POLITICIANS?
The Democrats appear unwilling to accept the results of the recent presidential election and a significant number of Republicans seem to agree. Both groups are overtly attacking the President and impeding his attempts to fulfill his office. Some are trying loudly to impeach him though there is an utter lack of any “high crimes and misdemeanors” for which the Constitution provides that remedy.
These factions are spending millions of dollars upon to date, essentially fruitless and wasteful investigations of the President’s life, business and family and refusing to vote for any of his programs while endlessly criticizing him and his in interviews and on social media, with enthusiastic support from a highly politicized media. These are the actions being substituted for governing the country.
The U.S. Constitution requires voters, not politicians, to select the president. Once that is done, the Constitution expects the politicians to join in governing while making such compromises as seem necessary. Governance cannot occur otherwise under the Constitution as it is written.
Apparently the Democrats and recalcitrant Republicans believe that they are anointed to assume the voters’ responsibility and to correct what they seem to assume are the voters’ mistakes, though there is no such clause in the governing document. That attitude seems irresponsible, arrogant and especially dangerous to the future of U.S. constitutional democracy.