Much ado has been made about Trump being in breach of The Emolument Clause of The Constitution. I think the concern & scrutiny is warranted, but I also think The Establishment, and The Mainstream Media as the Soap Box for The Establishment, are being a bit, or more than a bit actually, hypocritical in their application of The Emolument Clause.
What about Former Presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama? How come they escape scrutiny related to The Emolument Clause? Who’s to say that the gifts and other sundry remuneration they receive subsequent to leaving office isn’t merely Deferred Emoluments? In the least, it certainly has the appearance of such, and per the spirit of The Emolument Clause, that’s all that’s necessary for it to be considered an Emolument as far as I’m concerned.
Independence must be maintained in both fact & appearance, and the fact The Clinton Foundation has received hundreds of millions of dollars of benefaction from foreign countries & leaders Bill Clinton was cozy with during his tenure as POTUS, gives the appearance of Deferred Emoluments. It’s a Conflict of Interest and it implies that Bill & Hillary Clinton are being remunerated for the favors they granted when in office and the access they can still provide considering their prodigious networked connections Inside The Beltway.
The same applies to Barack Obama. I have no doubt, considering the precedent The Clintons have set, Obama will become the first billionaire Former President and he will do so within a decade. Remember, he’s only 55 years old. He has an incredible amount of time, considering the trend of increasing Life Expectancy for The Rich, to amass a personal fortune by collecting his Deferred Emoluments and Selling Access.
I think we need to amend The Constitution as it relates to Former Presidents and Deferred Emoluments. Former Presidents should be prohibited from Cashing In on their Presidency. As The Clintons have shown, they can’t be counted on to police themselves and do the right thing in both fact & appearance.
I appreciate & respect George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter for policing themselves in this regard after they left The Oval Office. In fact, I respect George W. Bush the most as the paradigm for Former Presidents. He has virtually disappeared. He garners and/or solicits virtually no Press Coverage. He doesn’t seek The Limelight. He has essentially melted back into the entitled tapestry from whence he came and he isn’t particularly interested in turning his Legacy into a Fortune. Granted, W was Rich before taking office. He was born with a Silver Spoon in his mouth and a Silver Boot too, unlike the two Lowlife Grifters/Hustlers, Obama and Clinton, who pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and taught themselves how to steal, cheat and lie their way to Fame, Fortune & Power.
I would like to see all Former Presidents go the way of George W. Bush. They need to be Put Out To Pasture. In fact, I think it would be great if all of them collected a modest pension and took up painting like Dubya. We could set up a gallery for their paintings so we can compare & contrast their styles and the proceeds can go to improving
Torture Enhanced Interrogation Techniques so we can Keep America Safe Again. We can call it The Rogues’ Gallery and the following painting can be front & center For All Time.
I guess what I’m saying is, no Activist Former Presidents. They get a modest pension to live on their remaining days and that’s it. They are prohibited from Cashing In and exploiting their Legacy for Fortune. Yes, investigating & preventing Real-Time Emoluments is important and necessary, but so too is investigating & preventing Deferred Emoluments.
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