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Worth noting that the likes of George Floyd won't show up on that graph, he wasn't shot to death by police, he was suffocated by them and he isn't the only one. There's a reason "I can't breathe" has

Iirc the cases he’s bringing against these states won’t go to the Federal Supreme Court but those states Supreme Court. The most that would happen from that is perhaps a recount, as it’s complete fuck

They are simultaneously too ineffective to stop Trump when he succeeds and too powerful to overcome whenever he fails to deliver. Just like "antifa", which are both a terrifying scourge that law enfor

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22 hours ago, Tom said:

I can’t believe the Donald would do such a thing.

Seems in-keeping with his behaviour. Soon to be kicked out of his home, so violently evicts someone from theirs.

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1 hour ago, PaddockLad said:

 Bannon has been pardoned before he was convicted of anything..

 

What a fuckin country :lol:

 

 

He was also pleading not guilty whereas I understand clemency is normally reserved for those that admit their guilt. I'm really struggling to understand why a president can pardon anyone though? Is this another part of their tinpot constitution? 

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4 hours ago, Renton said:

He was also pleading not guilty whereas I understand clemency is normally reserved for those that admit their guilt. I'm really struggling to understand why a president can pardon anyone though? Is this another part of their tinpot constitution? 

If he accepts the pardon, it will imply guilt, and will take away his right to invoke the 5th Amendment in future. 

The powers of pardon and clemency exist to give the executive branch a check on the judiciary. During the arguments for ratification of the Constitution, many feared that an unelected judiciary who held their positions for life would lead to tyranny, so the Founding Fathers wrote in safety valves. The Constitution is not "tinpot" whatsoever - it is a magnificent work of art that has persisted through the centuries. The problem is the character of the men who uphold it. 

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2 minutes ago, acrossthepond said:

If he accepts the pardon, it will imply guilt, and will take away his right to invoke the 5th Amendment in future. 

The powers of pardon and clemency exist to give the executive branch a check on the judiciary. During the arguments for ratification of the Constitution, many feared that an unelected judiciary who held their positions for life would lead to tyranny, so the Founding Fathers wrote in safety valves. The Constitution is not "tinpot" whatsoever - it is a magnificent work of art that has persisted through the centuries. The problem is the character of the men who uphold it. 

 

Fair enough, but your last point does seem to be a fundamental flaw. I've always wondered if there is a way for a constitution to evolve in line with contemporary values and practicalities. The second ammendment in the US would suggest it hasn't worked there and could ultimately be fatal. It's led to all manner of perverse outcomes. 

 

Not that I can criticise too much being a subject of the Queen in a country with no written constitution at all. 

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13 minutes ago, ewerk said:

Aye, can you imagine the damage Trump would have done if the US had our parliamentary system?

You barely need to imagine it. Trump feels like a blip compared to the sea change here over the past 4 years 

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