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November 19, 2016

Trump will have vast powers. He can thank Democrats for them.

Obama's administration detained terrorism suspects without due process, proposed new frameworks to keep them locked up without trial, targeted thousands of individuals (including a U.S. citizen) for execution by drone, invoked secrecy doctrines to shield torture and eavesdropping programs from judicial review, and covertly expanded the nation’s mass electronic surveillance.

Blinded by the belief that Obama was too benevolent and benign to abuse his office, and drowning in partisan loyalties at the expense of political principles, Democrats consecrated this framework with their acquiescence and, often, their explicit approval. This is the unrestrained set of powers Trump will inherit. The president-elect frightens them, so they are now alarmed. But if they want to know whom to blame, they should look in the mirror. - - The Washington Post

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 19, 2016 9:55 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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All the old time pols knew that what goes around comes around, especially U.S. senators. The repubs still seem to understand this, but the dems are drowning in the denial swamp.

Posted by: BillH at November 19, 2016 10:17 AM

Be careful of the new tools your guy invents cause the next guy gets to use em too.

Posted by: ghostsniper at November 19, 2016 11:21 AM

The Lefties are like the guy with a brand new credit card. Now, the bill is due, and the collector is coming.

Presidential power has always been about the accrual of more of it. Nixon admitted to this. The people need to recognize that when POTUS goes berserk (as he did with Obama when he was disregarding laws he didn't like), they have to reel him back in. We failed this in the last 2 administrations.

Boy, do we suck.

Posted by: Casey Klahn at November 19, 2016 12:02 PM

Washington Post, I thought? Washington Post? Well, no, they printed it, I give them that, but the autor is not Washington Post.

Posted by: james wilson at November 19, 2016 12:05 PM

Gee, if only the sentinels in the fourth estate would have told us.

Posted by: Jewel at November 19, 2016 2:54 PM

WTF, the Wrongs suck muck, and BLMs will be left in tatters, while the Rights rise up and prise the prize, and never again give it up.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at November 19, 2016 4:14 PM

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