An Oversight with Consequences

The Founding Fathers did not imagine that one day a man devoid of any moral compass, an ungentleman in other words, or a brute, would pass all scrutiny of the national selection process and wind up the winner of the presidential race. As a consequence, most basic restrictions imposed by ethics – forbidding any conflict of interest in the highest office, and the conflation of national with private affairs — did not find their way into codified law. Instead they relied on the fortifications of a civilized upbringing of anyone who made it that far. We have now found out that our Founding Father were terribly wrong on this account, and as a consequence the grand idea of democracy with checks and balances, or whatever was left of it after Citizen United, may not survive the Trump presidency.

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