Rich wrote:I'm opposed to Presidential government. A parliament elected by proportional representation that can recall the prime minster at any time is the best check and balance against the concentration of power. Any way I have no sympathy for Americans, from either the right or left, who complain about these pardons, but defend America's constitution.
We are supposed to be a Representative Republic, with three branches of government to be used as checks and balances. It is not a presidential government, because the President is only head of the Executive Branch that is supposed to enforces laws to keep citizens safe.
The Judicial Branch is made up of a Supreme Court of 9 judges that is the final appeal process for court cases across the country, which have Federal Judges all over the country that decide appeal cases in their area of responsibility.
The Legislative Branch is controlled by the Congress made up of a Senate of two elected Senators from each of the 50 states and a House of Representatives elected by proportional representation, which like your parliament can impeach and remove the President from office for high crimes and misdemeanors. So there is really not as much concentration of power in our form of government as you seem to think. Actually the Congress has given more power to the President than was originally provided in the Constitution. But the Congress can also withdraw those powers, which were originally given to the Congress.
The pardon of that sheriff by President Trump was good, because the Sheriff was enforcing the laws. Obama and his administration did not want to strictly enforce immigration laws and Sheriff Joe Arpaio was doing just that. Obama got his AG to take action to stop the Sheriff and it turned into a political prosecution, which is contrary to the intent of our Constitution. The Sheriff was still in his appeal process in the Judicial system, when President Trump decided to end this injustice.
Luckily, we now have a law and order President that believes in strict enforcement of the law and rightly pardoned the former sheriff. Praise the Lord.