The real resistance movement that opposes Donald Trump comes from the Republican Congress.
When voters elected Donald Trump to be President, along with a republican Congress, they did it because they wanted what Republicans were promising. After all, when the Democrats successfully got control of both houses and the Presidency, they didn’t hesitate to pursue a united agenda. Obamacare and stimulus got passed despite GOP opposition.
But now, the real “resistance” to Donald Trump is the Republican Congress. Politico Magazine tries to present this fact as good news: “The Real ‘Resistance’ to Trump? The GOP Congress.”
Donald Trump’s young presidency is already prompting many Americans to dust off their high-school civics knowledge and think again about concepts like the “separation of powers,” interbranch “checks and balances” and the proper functioning of the federal government. At the same time, it is prompting many pundits, especially but not exclusively on the left, to worry that Trump presents an unprecedented threat to the Constitution.
Many are asking aloud questions that in recent times had only been whispered: Do the Constitution’s checks and balances still work? Is James Madison’s 18th-century notion that “ambition” could be trusted to “counteract ambition” applicable to an era of partisanship so intense that it’s warping people’s very conceptions of reality? Can the other constitutional branches—and especially Congress—check President Trump?
As it turns out, the answer thus far is—more or less—yes: Congress is providing a check on Trump’s powers. It may not be happening as swiftly or as comprehensively as some Democrats might like, but the legislative branch is making its weight felt in the Trump era in a manner that, if it continues, bids fair to leave Trump with a reputation as an extraordinarily weak modern president.
Read the whole article. It basically re-interprets deep-state opposition and corporate lobbying as “a check on Trump’s powers.
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