It’s just not normal. How can we go on pretending it’s normal? Or that it’s OK in any way? Are we so stunned by the rapidity of the change? Are we so ignorant of our own history and principles? Are we so consumed by partisanship that we must ignore the bizarre and outlandish, the inappropriate and outrageous, when it comes from our “team”?
The President of the United States tweeted this on Monday:
He was upset because his “Travel Ban” has to be ruled on by a court before it can be made law, and he indulged in one of his now-standard early-morning “tweet storms”, or maybe “twitter tantrums” describes it better.
These outbursts do not serve his interests in any way, and certainly do not serve our country’s interests. He is discrediting our system of justice. Who does that help?
The President of the United States has declared that the courts are “political”.
Is this what should now be taught to schoolchildren?
The President cannot, must not, say this. Even if it were true, which, God help us, it better not be, he cannot say this.
He is saying that our system of checks and balances is a sham.
He is saying the idea of an independent judiciary is a sham.
He is saying that any judicial appointment he makes is political.
He is saying that he expects “Republican” judges (there better not be such a thing!) will rule against Democrat plaintiffs, and vice versa.
He is saying he expects any judge he appoints to rule in his favor no matter what the law says.
He is saying that decisions made in his favor are also tainted, just as those that he doesn’t like.
He is saying that any decision passed down by the courts is made not on the basis of legal precedent or constitutional law, but on political grounds.
He is saying that no court decision is justice, but rather politics, so you are right to question decisions you don’t like, or to simply reject and ignore them. They do not carry the weight of “law”, but only “politics”.
He is saying the power of the presidency is not tempered or augmented by the judiciary, but that it is in opposition to it.
He is saying the courts do not function to protect us and our principles, but, like the media and any other institution that questions him, are the enemy. Until you co-opt them for your own team.
He is saying the rule of law is a fiction.
He is saying he does not like or trust our system of government.
He is saying that the authority of the courts and judges is not real.
The President said this. The sitting President of the United States.
Those who admire and trust him will certainly modify their thinking based on his “teachings”, and some will modify their behavior as well. There will be consequences.
FoxNews will “debate” the merits of these statements. They will repeat and support them, perhaps with minor modifications and explanations, rather than go against their “team”, thereby amplifying the effect and compounding the damage.
Those who see Trump for the impulsive, ignorant, narcissistic jackass he is can only shake their heads, yet again, in dismay and wonderment. Or possibly speak out, only to then be accused of God-knows-what by the other “side”. Liberalism? Political correctness? Defeatism? Anti-Americanism? Terrorist sympathies?
Where’s the outrage?