The Different Drummer

Didn’t We Get Rid Of The Monarchy?

The MAGA majority on the Supreme Court just handed President Biden broad new powers. Will he do the right thing or the smart thing?

Carl J. Petersen
Dialogue & Discourse
5 min readJul 4, 2024

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With fear for our democracy, I dissent.

– Justice Sonia Sotomayor

A grand experiment in Democracy began when the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from England on July 2, 1776. The thirteen colonies would no longer be ruled by a King who derived his power from a line of succession. Instead, leaders would rise from the populace. Their power would not be absolute but would be restrained by the rule of law.

With a nation weary of war and the growing pains of building a new country, George Washington could have turned his win as the first President of the United States into a lifetime appointment. Instead, he voluntarily stepped down after two terms. With the help of Alexander Hamilton’s words, he set the example for a peaceful transfer of power that would set a precedent for almost 225 years.

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Carl J. Petersen
Dialogue & Discourse

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com