At this point, the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, is legitimately and legally considered the 45th president of the United States. Whether we like it or not. At least until someone can definitively prove he is not there legitimately, and get the majority of his own party to help remove him as a result.
However, there has been lots of talk over the “legitimacy” of the Republican President’s ascension to the Oval Office.
Some consider it illegitimate as a result of allegations of campaign collusion with foreign powers, in a manner that is very likely to be illegal, and possibly treasonous.
Some consider it illegitimate due to the refusal to allow an investigation into the possibility of that collusion.
Other’s because of his refusal to release his tax information and/or divest fully from his business interests to clear concerns about corruption within the Executive Branch and violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
Yet more, consider him illegitimately in the office as a result of winning the Electoral College vote despite losing the popular election by roughly three million votes.
I am sure there are other reasons, as well, that yet more use to justify their own reasons for considering him “illegitimate.”
A majority of young adults — 57 percent — see Trump’s presidency as illegitimate, including about three-quarters of blacks and large majorities of Latinos and Asians, the GenForward poll found.
And it isn’t just the marginalized people that have a problem with the current Republican president. Even a majority of the young adults that voted for him, are disapproving of his performance to date.
A slim majority of young whites in the poll, 53 percent, consider Trump a legitimate president, but even among that group 55 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing, according to the survey.
Overall, just 22 percent of young adults approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 62 percent disapprove.
Much of this talk has raised concerns among those familiar with historical trends and events of the possibility of an economic class, racial, religious, or ethnic uprising evolving into a second Civil War. I know that many people think that unlikely.
But when a majority of the largest growing segment of our citizenry openly lose faith not just in our leadership, but in the system of putting those leaders into power, that discontent will ripple through society, economy, and global political influence in many large and small ways.
They will stop joining the all volunteer armed forces.
They will stop entering government service jobs.
They will look to foreign nations for their higher education, and many may decide to make their contributions as educated professionals to those nations’ economy instead of ours.
And most importantly, they will become active in removing a broken system, in which they have no faith, and creating a new one.
As much as we’d prefer to see that done through legislative methods, new campaign candidates with new agendas, the formation of new political parties to challenge the established and entrenched two we have now, and Constitutional Amendments to allow the founding documents to be updated to modern societies needs. If the founders hadn’t wanted a living document to grow with society, they wouldn’t have created an Amendment process; but they made it a hard process to help prevent it from being done on a whim by a single party’s agenda.
Emblazoned on the walls of Thomas Jefferson’s Memorial are his own words on the subject:
“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”