Skip to main content

Had a day off and read a lot of things. Mostly about the American State of 'Union'. Two things stayed on my mind: 'Linz' and the '14th'. Why those? Because they interact, they are a consequence of each other and both show a crucial weakness of the American political system.

First, start off with 'Linz'. I mean Juan Linz, an eminent thinker (R.I.P.), who saw the perils of a Presidential System. The article by Jonathan Chait ("The Shutdown Prophet") in New York Magazine shows us how Linz would envision current political problems, as a consequence of fundamental flaws baked into its operating system. It shows how it still needs to mature, clean out the bugs, upgrade from time to time as the hardware (or better yet wetware) changes. And, like some realtime OS, it shows the need for some big-time revision of its future.

The other thought was about a way out of this current (and impending) doom. How can or should a President act as a defender of the constitution? In that constitution there's an Article 14, Clause 4, which says:

"The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned."
This Clause was specifically inserted as law to prevent 'factions' from hijacking government. Back then they knew their system wasn't perfect, so they built in some Reset-buttons. And they are really a 'Reset'. It's a cold reboot, all data gone, you're just hoping for the best and expecting the worst.

According to the US Constitution the President is bound by that Constitution to upheld that Constitution, so help him Whoever. That means he has to use the 14th, whatever chaos ensues. Chaos will happen anyway wether he goes left or right, but he has sworn to uphold the Constitution. So, it's a real Jack Ryan-moment for Obama.

If Obama hits 'Ctrl-Alt-Delete' on this, the world is gonna change. It also shows that Linz was right...

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site