One good thing Trump has done: made me appreciate “Checks and Balances” in government

I was having a discussion about the so-called “Muslim ban” (actually an executive order which

bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for a period of 90 days.

It also suspends the United States’ refugee system for a period of 120 days. Mr Trump says his “extreme vetting” system will help “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US”.

I was distressed at this order not being widely unpopular. Yes, some very vocal people really hate it and are protesting. But close to half of all Americans are ok with it.

Of course, the courts have stepped in the case where people have a valid visa and are in the United States, and there has been some walking back for those who have green cards.

A lawyer pointed out that it didn’t really matter if the executive order was popular or not; it couldn’t be enforced if the courts found it unconstitutional. I said that I understood that..and that I know that we live in a liberal democracy (as we do). She made it a point that we live in a constitutional democracy….and I didn’t get it, at first. I thought that these were basically the same concept, as the rights of individuals couldn’t be voted away by the masses.

She pointed out the “checks and balances” part of the constitutional democracy; that is, in our case, the executive and the judicial branches are separate. President Trump can’t fire a judge that he disagrees with! He cannot declare a law to be constitutional, and so on.

Now we are seeing just how important that is!

I wonder if the early days of the Trump administration will be providing case studies for “US Government” classes for years to come.


January 30, 2017 - Posted by | politics/social, social/political | , ,


  1. Ollie, how effective will the checks & balances be after Trump makes two appointments to the Supreme Court?

    Comment by frankbergson | January 30, 2017 | Reply

  2. Ollie, are the courts likely to declare the whole thing unconstitutional, or will they only dig their heels in on issues like the ones you’ve mentioned above (already have visas/green cards)……………whatever happens, it’s created an enormous confused mess !

    It really is sad that half the US population are ok with this…….but that’s the way politics/society is at the moment – if you’ve got a big mouth, someone to blame and some overtly simplistic solutions, then people will listen as long as they don’t have to think about it.

    [I blame this all on the downfall of the original Republican Faith Chat site… kept all the far right loony-tunes and Billy-Bobs occupied, instead of going out voting for snake oil salesmen like Trump}


    Comment by Handy Bendy Ghandi | January 30, 2017 | Reply

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