It is odd that the Congress has ceded its powers to the executive and now the power of the purse which is congressional check on the executive is now been used by the executive in threats to not fund schools if they refuse to follow the wishes of the executive.
is there not a law that the executive must release monies apporpriated by Congress without attaching addional conditions? Didnt the country just go through this with congessional apporpriated aid for Ukraine?
Yeah, the congress said that there's nothing wrong with Trump holding up money for a quid pro quo so now he can do whatever he wants. Trump has a free pass on doing whatever he wants and now he's putting federal troops on Americain streets in unmarked vans.
Hence the question.... have we forgotten what this country was founded on or for?
the botton line is our democracy is failing... part of the reason is complacency. Our system appeared to have been the model for the world (or we told ourselves that) so we put it on cruise control. One of the features of our complacency is the constant self adulation we practice when we announce our system to be the best the world has ever seen. Truth is we got so caught up in it that we stopped working to maintain that system. When was our last constitutional amendment? It is clear that we stopped trying to form a more perfect union.
The leading cause of our failing democracy is hubris, because hubris is the precursor to complacency, and as the saying goes 'pride goes before the fall'.
There is a large constituency out there that does not think there is a problem with our system at all, perhaps they are right. The system may not be the problem, but the people we have working it are definitely not what the framers anticipated.
Recently, and by that I mean the last 50 years at least, we have leaders that see the Constitution as an obstacle to their angenda, whatever that may be, rather than a guiding principle for greater good. So they look for creative ways to sidestep and in some cases subvert the Constitution. Rather than follow the Constitution they look for ways around it often subverting due process procedures. To assist them in this endeavor they put partisans on the Supreme Court that declared itself the arbiter of what the Constitution says.
We have rules in place that were for a time when travel was by horseback or horse driven carriages and we refuse to change them (why do we need over two months to inaugurate a new president). We keep an Electoral College system that was founded on the belief that the people were not smart enough to pick their president (the irony of that has esacped a lot of folks). We continue to celebrate an amendment that was passed when dane guns were the weapons of the day, when the realities of today are weapons far more lethal.
The world has changed since the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, but more importantly the people have changed and to keep up with those changes the Constitution must change. I know it , you know it, too bad we do not have thinkers that can meet the moment like the framers did for their time.