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New York Times (July 9)

2022/ 07/ 11 by jd in Global News

“Japan’s longest-serving prime minister became perhaps the most transformational politician in the country’s post-World War II history,” even though he “never achieved his goal of revising Japan’s Constitution to transform his country into what the Japanese call a ‘normal nation,’ able to employ its military to back up its national interests like any other.”


USA Today (February 22)

2021/ 02/ 24 by jd in Global News

“How can we honor the more than half-million Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19 while marking former President Donald Trump’s shameless failure to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ this country and its Constitution? Easy. Let’s bury the dead at Mar-a-Lago.”


Chicago Tribune (January 22)

2020/ 01/ 24 by jd in Global News

“It seems odd that lawmakers from one political party, sworn to uphold the Constitution and under oath as impartial jurors, would not insist that witnesses to what they claim is perfectly legal presidential behavior step up and testify.”


The Economist (October 19)

2019/ 10/ 21 by jd in Global News

“Constitutionally, the emperor is ‘the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people’. But the imperial cocoon in which he is kept risks making him more of a relic. Much like his father, Emperor Naruhito is relatively informal when touring the country, petting dogs and chatting with schoolchildren.” However, “the royal family has scant leeway to make itself more relevant” as it remains bound by “stifling bureaucracy and ritual.”


New York Times (October 6)

2019/ 10/ 07 by jd in Global News

“There is nothing in the Constitution that prevents a president from being impeached more than once.” While proceeding with a narrow impeachment case, the House should not “close the impeachment inquiry. Keep it open and ready to draw up more articles as new corruption is uncovered. Impeach Trump repeatedly if necessary.”


Washington Post (June 18)

2019/ 06/ 20 by jd in Global News

“The president’s lying is the only argument you need in a debate about Trump…. There is virtually no topic about which Trump hasn’t lied, often repeatedly. Immigration, trade, Iran, North Korea, health care — they all lead back to false and misleading claims.” For this reason, 500 days before the election, the Florida Sentinel became the first newspaper to make a 2020 presidential endorsement: “Not Donald Trump,” who the paper deemed a “unique and present danger” to the Constitution of the United States of America.


LA Times (October 4)

2018/ 10/ 06 by jd in Global News

“For many Americans the truth too horrible to consider is that Donald Trump could be a criminal, a wildly successful con artist. He may well be disloyal. For those who grasp what Trump is, the corollary truth is that our Constitution’s checks and balances are failing us.”


New York Times (April 20)

2018/ 04/ 22 by jd in Global News

A recent spate of “dizzying” progress on the Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.) is both an ironic and probably unintended consequence of the Trump presidency. “Now, on Mr. Trump’s watch, feminists could reach a goal nearly a century in the making…ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.” The fight was started so long ago that a recent poll found “80 percent of respondents thought the Constitution already explicitly guaranteed equal rights for women and men.” It doesn’t. Not yet…anyway.


The Economist (March 24)

2018/ 03/ 26 by jd in Global News

“Constitutionally Mr Putin cannot stand in 2024, and from now on political life will be dominated by the question of succession and expectation of his departure.” There is likely to be a generational sea change as the children and grandchildren of the glasnost and perestroika (openness and restructuring) sown by Gorbachev come to the fore. There will no doubt be tension. Putin’s very “own survival and preservation of the system he now presides over will be his sole objective.”


The Economist (March 3)

2018/ 03/ 05 by jd in Global News

“Last weekend China stepped from autocracy into dictatorship. That was when Xi Jinping, already the world’s most powerful man, let it be known that he will change China’s constitution so that he can rule as president for as long as he chooses—and conceivably for life.”0


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