Enduring features of the American Elections and Constitution
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Dear Editor,
TRUMP and his white supremacist supporters have literally and figuratively thrown everything at the American electoral system with the objective of derailing the will of the people. They failed because of the enduring features of the American ethos and constitutional principles. They did not succeed because of the following, namely: (1) the real independence and autonomy of the electoral bodies in each state. Trump tried to influence his fellow Republican governors who were in charge of the battleground states to declare false statements of polls in his favour after he had lost. They all unequivocally refused to do so because for them, upholding the constitution and the rule of law is paramount to party loyalty; (2) The independence of the judiciary. Trump’s legal team tried every legal trick to have the statement of polls overturned and failed at each and every attempt. This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court is now more conservative-leaning due to Trump’s nominations. The same judges appointed by Trump voted against his frivolous legal actions because for them, upholding the constitution and laws of America is above any megalomaniac.

This is akin to our Chief Justice (ag) Madam Roxane George being the bulwark of defining the independence of our jurisprudence in her flawless judgements during our elections fiasco; (3) Integrity, Intelligence and independence of the legislature. Republican Senator Ted Cruz tried to have the Senate replace the Democratic Electoral College members in the battleground states with Republican nominees in order to have Trump declared the winner. Over 90 per cent of the Republicans Senators voted against Cruz’s motion. The legislatures in both the House and Senate of America demonstrated that when it comes to upholding the constitution of America, it supersedes any party line or party loyalty. Just imagine if a similar vote of a similar nature were in front of PNC/AFC Parliaments; (4) Maintaining law and order.

The Capitol police of Washington did not initially respond promptly and proactively to Trump’s protesters, causing the invasion of the Capitol. Some of the ranks operated in a partisan manner, taking selfies and allowing access to restricted areas to protesters. Immediately there is now a full investigation and resignations will be shortly forthcoming.
This is to establish that at all times the law protecting agencies should be impartial and nonpartisan. Lastly, one of the enduring features of the American constitution is that the founding fathers made sure that laws were in place to guard against executive lawlessness. It is because of the rule of law that Trump now faces calls for removal and possible impeachment. This is the way a democratic society should operate when faced with deranged and autocratic presidents.

Yours Sincerely,
Reggie Bhagwandin

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