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Constitution in peril

Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The novel achievement of the American colonists was that they created a nation governed by law, not by men, as established by our Constitution. We risk losing that.

The framers of the Constitution understood human nature, that ambitious men gather, exercise and abuse power. To prevent that, they created three branches of government, competing with each other. These checks and balances work, so long as one branch does not dominate another.

Our current president said, “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone” to legislate by executive order. He is absolutely trashing the basic framework of the Constitution. He is not alone; all the modern presidents have usurped legislative power by executive order. Barack Obama not only does so, but is openly contemptuous of the Constitution’s limitations on the executive. No such man should hold that office.

He has done so because Congress is increasingly comprised of lap dogs and yes men; politicians who want the trappings of power without the substance. Why have they not kept those presidents in line? Why do we elect spineless politicians who won’t safeguard the Constitution?

Do you really think you are safe when a president can tap your conversations and make you disappear without having to account to anybody for his actions?

We need to rethink our political positions and realize the defense of the Constitution is a much more basic, and more urgent, cause for our concern than food stamps, Obamacare or ISIS.

Scott Nolan

Crystal Lake

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