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Did the US Founding Fathers Miss Something?

The Muller Report is Coming. Here’s What to Expect, ran a recent headline in the New York Times

The proposition that the Mueller report will likely form the basis for further criminal prosecutions is encouraging, but the notion of Presidential immunity from prosecution makes it less appealing.

While the courts have been somewhat ambiguous regarding the prosecutability of a sitting President, the current situation has led to a Presidency that leads without fear.

Let’s consider the upcoming presidential elections in 2020. An ordinary citizen would face justice and if convicted, he would be out of the running. But a sitting president with similar circumstances could run for re-election and continue to keep an injustice by virtue of re-election.

In a country where many states abolish the right to vote upon criminal conviction for ordinary persons, a sitting President enjoys to a wide degree the supposition of immunity from prosecution. By running for a second term, a potentially criminal President gets to keep this unfair advantage unavailable to any other candidate. Congress needs to look at this loophole that appears to give a President a special advantage by running for re-election.

While the US Constitution, penned nearly two hundred and fifty years ago, provided a number of” inalienable rights it was less specific in detail as regards the right to vote as well as preferential treatment for a President.

Through the years, a number of court decisions led us to where we are today. The current situation is mournfully defective and needs to be fixed. The US as a country may well be going down the drain when executive privilege and Presidential immunity are comparable to the equivalent of a Mafia boss may not be prosecuted as long as he remains a Mafia boss.

About the Author
Born in Cluj, Romania to Holocaust survivor parents, he and the family fled Communism at age 10 and lived as refugees in Italy for about a year. Arrived to USA at age 11 A graduate of Boston University Medical School, Dr. Mayer was the lead investigator and first author for a series of published research that introduced to the world peripheral thrombolytic therapy for myocardial infarction, a first-ever event. These procedures are commonplace today and have saved millions of lives. After years of work in the USA as a clinician, researcher, and professor he moved to Israel where he earned two back-to-back MA degrees from the University of Haifa: Holocaust Studies and Israel Studies. He continues to research and publish in the fields of identity and peoplehood as related to sociopolitical events with a concentration in museal studies and performative aspects of academic learning, i.e. experiential learning. His expertise in museal studies and Holocaust historiography resulted in him being named Head Historian at Martef Hashoah Museum in Jerusalem [2015-2018] In February 2018, according to Academia.edu, he was ranked in the top 1% of researchers worldwide As a way of introducing the whole picture, some other facts need mention. During 1989, Dr. Mayer returned to his native birthplace [Cluj, Romania] and was a prominent figure in the 1989 Romanian Revolution. He was for two decades an accomplished triathlete, competing at elite international levels. He competed in three World Triathlon Championships and completed multiple Ironman Triathlons in places ranging from China to New Zealand and Canada to Europe; in addition, a mention needs to be made of the 44 marathons he completed
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