The United States thus finds itself in a somewhat circular predicament. The protection of voting rights depends on a body that is elected under voting procedures that increasingly curtail the access of minorities to the political process and whose institutional barriers prevent the majority of the voters from having their will heard.
While it is true that Congress had been unable to reach a compromise, and relief was running out and badly needed, by taking under his authority this kind of substantive policy-making Trump is giving a signal to Congress that presidential action can become an alternative to Congressional compromise. This dangerous precedent is the result of our current state of Congressional hyper-partisanship, under which American democracy cannot persist in the long-run.
Read Lica Porcile’s summary and analysis on the rising tensions between the United States and Iran.
There is room in news for opinion, but analysis of events needs not come as quickly as objective descriptions of the events themselves.