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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

A major point of the U.S. Constitution is to establish how government power will be distributed so that no single branch of our government and no person or party can have absolute power. The oath to protect and defend the Constitution is an oath to protect and defend the idea that power should be shared between the three branches of government, the states and the people. It is an oath to protect and defend the mechanism of checks and balances designed by our founders to ensure that power will be shared. Our current president who speaks and acts as if the executive has absolute power and absolute freedom from accountability does not understand or has chosen to ignore this fundamental concept.

The U.S. Constitution is in peril when a president gives himself absolute power and sees himself as “the chosen one” and is supported in this by other representatives for their own gain. The point of the American Revolution was to get rid of a “chosen one.” Patriots died to kill the idea that one person or group should have absolute power over all others — a “Divine Right” to rule. That idea was replaced with the idea of a government of shared powers dedicated to the protection of human rights. That revolutionary idea is the backbone of our Constitution and government.

Our president and representatives take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and thereby pledge their loyalty to its principles, not to any one person or party. All Americans should call for the removal from office through impeachment or the ballot box of any president or representative who places our Constitution and form of government in jeopardy by failing to uphold that oath whether through ignorance or intent.

Darlene Trainor