Saturday, March 11, 2017

Does Trump Understand the U.S. Constitution

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The President of the United States takes an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.  It is his job to abide by it.  The question is, "Does President Trump understand the Constitution he swore to protect?"

Not likely.

Since the earliest Presidents of our history, pretty much since all of them prior to Andrew Jackson, I think we may have had only two, perhaps three, Presidents who had a fairly decent understanding of the principles and philosophies of the United States Constitution.  Reagan, Coolidge, and perhaps Obama; though the latter didn't like it, and sought to do all he could to undermine it.

I think Donald J. Trump is so new to all of this that he's even in a position where he's learning politics as he goes along.  Like most Americans, he has a rudimentary understanding of liberty, and what he "thinks" the Constitution is all about, but originalism is likely a foreign concept as a whole.

Some of his actions and words have confirmed his ignorance regarding the Constitution, yet some of his actions and words have also confirmed he may have at least a little bit of a handle on the Law of the Land.

Is Trump a constitutionalist?  Unlikely.  Does he understand the document?  Not likely.  Does he want to learn it more and protect and preserve it?  I think so.  So, regardless of what you think of Trump, in terms of what was available, he may not be perfect, but at least he's not an enemy of the Constitution bound and determined

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