Neutering legislative, judicial decisions threatens democracy


Historically, the foundation of our democracy has been built and inherently depends on a system of checks and balances among the three coequal branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The bricks of this foundation, I submit, may be crumbling, thus not only damaging our system of checks and balances but threatening the future of our democracy.

One thing about which we have been reminded during Donald Trump’s presidency is that the Chief Executive has substantial rhetorical powers — powers often used for negative as well as positive ends. In fact, the persuasive impact of the bully pulpit may be more ubiquitous and pronounced than at any other time in the country’s history. Moreover, Trump has demonstrated the rhetorical capacity of the nation’s leader to circumvent and minimize the structural capacity of the other branches of government, keeping those arms…

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