Prospects for Constitutionalism

Prospects for Constitutionalism
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What are the prospects for constitutionalism and the rule of law under President Donald Trump? In my estimation, quite good. Unlike some of my libertarian (or classical liberal) friends, I didn't quake at the possibility of Trump's election (as I explained here). His shortlist of potential Supreme Court candidates was outstanding, and his cabinet picks to date have been first rate. Of course, assessing the success or failure of Trump's presidency will rest on the actions he takes and the policies he implements after he is sworn in on January 20, 2017. History's judgment, however, will ultimately be rendered by comparisons with other presidents. And let's be honest: For nearly a century, Trump's predecessors in the White House—of both parties—have set a pretty low bar in terms of expectations.

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