2 significant sayings. The first is a common democratic wisdom, once more literally written down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his report. The second was outspoken by Donald Trump during the campaign.
Myself I was lucky to grow up in a free Germany after WWII. I know that I owe this to the liberation of Germany from the Hitler regime by the US and its allies. And even as a teenager at school I was convinced that`s a good way to learn about democracy from the oldest constitutional democracy in modern world.
So I learnt about separation of power, legislative, executive, judiciary pillars of power and checks and balances between them, so that no one can abuse his power, even if his own voters would approve of it.
Today I have to realize with horror, that many people, politicians and even government members in the US obviously do not care about the basic rules of the democratic balance. For example, many are currently answering an important question of political balance adapted to their party loyalty.
Is the Attorney General obliged to testify and answer any questions before the House, that represents the people, the House of Representatives? Of course, he is as long the US rightly call themselves a constitutional democracy.
I am sad and worried to see the US – once my role model for democracy –
could get involved in a serious constitutional conflict, because a person was elected president who thinks himself above the law. But I still believe in US democracy and its checks and balances. Hopefully not wrongly ?!