Con­sti­tu­tion de­signed to con­strain self-par­don­ing

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Our Found­ing Fa­thers knew their his­tory, so they de­signed the U. S. Con­sti­tu­tion to con­strain lead­ers who felt they had di­vine rights putting them above the law and al­low­ing them to do what­ever they wanted.

Now Pres­i­dent Trump, who swore to de­fend that Con­sti­tu­tion, is as­sert­ing those very same di­vine rights that the col­lec­tive wis­dom of our founders tried to keep in check. As­ser­tions like Trump’s his­tor­i­cally have caused civil war, regi­cide and bru­tal mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ships. Trump wants to over­turn our gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple, by the peo­ple and for the peo­ple.

Let’s all be very aware that those who for­get his­tory are con­demned to re­peat it. — Howard Thomas, Los Gatos

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