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USA and foreign policy
Posted by: hal
Date: November 20, 2022 01:17PM
One of many, many evils that Trump introduced to the world is the idea that int'l agreements made by one US administration can be easily undone by another. Repubs will in fact be running to 'undo' everything Biden has done.

So why should ANY country EVER come to any long-term agreement with the USA again?

How can this be fixed?

And dammit, when will the Electoral College Act get fixed? That's the bare minimum effort to stop another Trump-style coup.
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Re: USA and foreign policy
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: November 20, 2022 01:24PM
There's a principle of government that the president only has so much power as Congress and the courts allow him.

In the last century, Congress has ceded much of their power to the president.

But they can take much of it back at any time through legislation.

Most treaties need enabling legislation.

If Congress limited the president's authority to modify or withdraw from a treaty in the enabling legislation, this would go a long way towards both fixing it and encouraging our allies to trust us.

The problem is that when your party holds the White House you're not motivated to restrain the president in this fashion and of late when your party is NOT holding the White House you become the party of obstruction of ALL legislation.

The fix for this and for most other political problems is to eliminate the two-party system. So long as the parties only care about perpetuating their own power, we're f-ed.

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