Letter to the Editor

Who does the president answer to?

Monday, July 8, 2019

King James I ruled England from 1603-25. He introduced the theory that a monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving the right to rule directly from the will of God. Thus, he is not subject to the will of the people, the aristocracy, or any other estate of the realm. It implies that only God can judge an unjust king and that any attempt to depose, dethrone or restrict his powers run contrary to the will of God.

Strange as it may sound in our constitutional democracy, our president and his loyal subjects, members of the formerly named Republican Party, now in actuality the Trump party, seem to feel that King James I theory should apply during this president’s term.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report specifies numerous violations of the constitution and our legal code not to mention the inhumane treatment of adults and children seeking asylum from intolerable conditions.

While impeachment is totally justified, it is unlikely to clear the Trump- and Mitch McConnell-directed Senate. The 2020 elections are critical for the hope of our constitutional democracy to continue.

—Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake