Home » Values clash » Wild & New Stuff » The analysis of rapidly digging a deep hole and throwing oneself into it comes to mind with this current Presidency. One gasping last chance at climbing out is the strange (and undemocratic) idea that ‘pardoning oneself’ as President exonerates all prior blunders. Power can corrupt, and absolute power can corrupt absolutely, to borrow from sociological findings. Running a government as a business controlled within one’s private sandbox, makes a mockery of the national and international demands for fair trade. An spewing out ‘red herrings’ and denials at every turn, for staff incompetence, renders the federal system a joke.

The analysis of rapidly digging a deep hole and throwing oneself into it comes to mind with this current Presidency. One gasping last chance at climbing out is the strange (and undemocratic) idea that ‘pardoning oneself’ as President exonerates all prior blunders. Power can corrupt, and absolute power can corrupt absolutely, to borrow from sociological findings. Running a government as a business controlled within one’s private sandbox, makes a mockery of the national and international demands for fair trade. An spewing out ‘red herrings’ and denials at every turn, for staff incompetence, renders the federal system a joke.

As the special counsel investigation swirls around President Trump, the Washington Post reported that he’s trying to learn about his pardoning powers. But could he actually pardon himself? Probably not. The Constitution says that the president “shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”…

via Can President Trump Pardon Himself? — TIME


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