Earlier this week in Turkey, something notable took place.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won a victory of sorts in that the voters approved a Constitutional referendum which, in short, takes the country away from its parliamentary system of government in the interest of vesting broad, executive powers in the office of the President.
Any time that a single individual is granted broad powers, as has happened in Turkey, the outcome is bound to be dubious. We’re supposed to be moving away from totalitarian, centralized government, not towards it. Some have pointed out that the case of the Turkish constitutional referendum is a good example of why it’s good that the Founders of the United States made it rather difficult to amend our Constitution.
For what it’s worth, Turkish opposition parties have voiced concerns that voter fraud took place and called for a recount. It’s not immediately clear if their concerns will ever amount to anything.
That’s not where the story ends, however.
This Monday afternoon, CNN Turkey reported that President Trump called Erdogan to congratulate him on the passage of the Constitutional referendum in question.
Erdogan is a wannabe dictator, carrying out increasing campaigns of aggression against groups ranging from ethnic minorities to journalists. He just got granted more power.
And Donald Trump thinks that’s a good thing?