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    Tuesday, February 27, 2024

    What I learned in civics class

    I must confess that in high school civics class, the girl that sat in front of me is the woman I married 60 years ago. I may have been distracted. In recent days, there has been a lot in the news about Donald Trump claiming absolute immunity while president. He was found guilty of defaming E. Jean Carroll for statements made in June of 2019, while he was president. Isn't that a precedent that he doesn't have absolute immunity?The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that under Article 14, Section 3 of the Constitution, Donald Trump can be removed from the ballot. The cry went out "let the voters decide." But didn't the voters already decide when they ratified the 14th amendment in 1868? The question has also been raised that the 14th amendment, Section 3 does not specifically name the president. But it does say, in part, "or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States." Since the president is Commander-in-Chief, isn't that part of the military? I hope I learned something in civics class.

    David Atwater


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