TIME FOR ANOTHER SHORT ESSAY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
I'M NOT CONVINCED THAT TRUMP ACTUALLY WANTS TO BECOME AMERICA'S FIRST DICTATOR. YET!
Here are a series of Tweets (naturally) Your President Tweeted out to America following Judge James Robart’s ruling that the Muslim Ban was unconstitutional (at least temporarily):
The judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. Bad people are very happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2017
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
Setting aside the petty, childish and weird language, I’m finding it just a tad difficult to put together a cogent response to Your President’s judgement about Judge Robart’s ruling. Sure, you and I know damned well that any President who is faced with a ruling like this one that even temporarily quashes a favored policy initiative will wax livid and maybe even call the Judge a “God damned faggot!” or some other choice epithet in the privacy of the White House Oval Office. (Or maybe the residence since the Oval Office has automatic recording devices. Or used to before January 20th Who knows now?) But have we ever had a President who publicly called a sitting Judge – appointed, by the way, by none other than Republican George W. Bush - a “so-called judge?” Or publicly announced to the world that a Judge is “taking law-enforcement away from our country” when Judges are, indeed, a crucial part of our law-enforcement apparatus and have been since 1789 when the U.S. Constitution was ratified?
Look, I know that I and millions of others have called The Donald “stupid” and while I make no apologies for saying such, it’s difficult for me to believe that Your President Trump is THAT stupid. No. In fact what I see happening here is the very same tactic Trump employed against Judge Gonzalo Curiel (an American of Mexican heritage, if you recall) who ruled against him in the Trump University lawsuit. It is an attempt to demean and de-legitimize both judges. Of course in the Trump University case, Trump was not Your President. Now he is.
So without casting unwarranted dispersions against Trump or exploding in a patriotic rage against such an unprecedented attack on Judge Robart or throwing out the terms “Fascist” or “Hitler” or “Bannon,” I honestly have to wonder what the fuck is going on here? Trump cannot be so dumb as to think that the court system is somehow aligned against him, obstructionist, or in some sense an anti-American, unpatriotic, treasonous branch of the United States Government? Can he? No, this cannot be it because Your President is old enough to have attended primary school where we were taught all about the three branches of government and their role in checking and balancing each other. (I have no idea what school age youngsters are taught about this today but it seems as if there are a whole lot of Americans who don’t get this vital aspect of the function of our government today.)
Let’s assume for the sake of argument that Trump is not THAT stupid as to not understand what is probably the most important aspect of the system of government our Founding Fathers created. So what are we left with? Well, again without casting dispersions against Trump, it seems to me that this is simply a tactic to de-legitimize judges and the courts that actually hand down rulings every single day whether they affect your dispute with your neighbor over his dog shitting in your yard or about a Presidential Executive Order. This is what they do. This is what they are supposed to do. This is what they are designed to do. Sure, Presidents may not like rulings that go against them (I’m sure than Bill Clinton was not all that happy when a District of Columbia Court's Grand Jury indicted him for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinisky) but when faced with such a decision they typically appeal such decisions to the next highest level of our judicial system without casting dispersions on the integrity and patriotism of the judge who made the ruling or on our entire judicial system. But this is what Trump has done.
Is it simply a reflection of his “character” that he cannot tolerate dissent or criticism of any kind? Is it some knee-jerk, passionate, undisciplined 3:00 AM response to a setback via Twitter? Maybe he was tired. After all he’s only been on the job for two weeks and already he’s down in West Palm Beach to kick back. I mean who really knows, right?
But I have to say that it’s one thing for a private citizen to demean a judge and question his integrity, ability, competence and patriotism as the result of an unfavorable ruling, but it’s quite another ballgame altogether when a President does. His three tweets succinctly illustrate why Hillary Clinton was correct when she declared that Trump was unqualified to be President. The President of the United States is sworn to uphold the laws of the United States of America and if Trump missed this part of the oath of office he swore to on January 20th last year, then he ought to go back and watch the video. Or resign.
It has been suggested that Trump’s reaction to Robart’s ruling temporarily striking down the entire Muslim ban, is an opening salvo into so disparaging the judicial system as to de-legitimize it (i.e. cause the American people to view it as biased, corrupt, unpatriotic and obstructionist) so that at some point Trump can call out the troops or invoke some other drastic measures to enforce what he sees as the right way of governing America. His way. Impossible you say? Well, maybe not. Consider this. Millions of Americans believed that Hillary Clinton murdered Vince Foster, was responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Libya and a veritable cornucopia of other so-called “crimes” that they were screaming to Lock Her Up at Trump rallies around the country without a single shred of evidence or proof or factual information that she had, in fact, committed a single crime. Am I right? You bet I am! Therefore, it is not impossible or even inconceivable that given some set of circumstances that vast millions of Americans could be convinced that our justice system is so biased, so corrupt, and so un-American and poses such a threat to freedom, liberty and justice - or national security as Trump claims - that it needs to be shut down.
But I won’t go so far – yet – to conclude that this is why he Tweeted did what he did. I’m not going to glom onto this particular conspiracy theory just yet as others already have. But lurking behind Trump is Steve Bannon who is well known to hold just such views on both how to govern and what governing actually means. His stated goal is to “smash the establishment” which, as we all know, is also one of the goals of the Trumpettes, Trump’s supporters although perhaps not in the same way that Bannon means the phrase. I’m wondering though, if they are willing to smash the establishment – shake things up, drain the swamp – by accepting martial law across the land in order to accomplish this goal. Bannon would be quite pleased to assist in providing them with such an outcome while Your President Tweets from the White House Oval Office at 3:00 AM in the morning.
Well Things Just Do Get Even More Exciting Don’t They!