I agree with a recent letter by Greg Theriault (“Time may be running out on our Republic,” Nov. 26) that one top executive should not be able to make decisions about which laws to enforce — whether it is the president of the United States, a large bank, or a large oil corporation.

Our Constitution requires a checks-and-balances system, with separation of powers. Our president, Congress and Supreme Court should follow these rules. For example, it is obvious that the Supreme Court should not interpret the Constitution to say that money is speech and that corporations are people.

Our country should not reward illegal activity. The top bank executives should have been prosecuted for the crimes that they committed that had such a terrible adverse effect on our national economy.

I agree that, gradually, too much power has been concentrated in the executive branch of our government and and there has been far too much fighting in the Middle East without declaration of war by vote of the Congress. Yet, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were the only presidents to face impeachment, and for other reasons.

I agree that our government is no longer doing what our Constitution intended it to do. This problem has been growing worse since the assassination of John Kennedy in 1963, largely as a result of the increasing influence of large amounts of money contributed in various ways to influence the outcome of elections for presidents, senators and members of the House of Representatives.

I agree that our Republic has never been in more jeopardy than it is today.

I do not agree that it is just the president who is at fault. It is the president, the Congress and the Supreme Court. Perhaps it is the Supreme Court that is most out of line.

Elery Keene


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