A president, even a very unpopular one like #45, always possesses a great deal of power to initiate events. He is already trying hard to distract us from the indictments coming his way. Trump is not cool, calm, and collected; nor does he have any respect for our constitutional republic, or for liberty, or for limited government, or for checks and balances. He may have the complicity of Republican politicians and big-money donors, and I am not counting on Trump to show any restraint this week as he reacts to Mueller. But his power of initiative should not and won’t go unanswered. I do expect protests in the streets of Washington if he starts firing people in the Justice Department to get at Mueller. Protests need to remain pro-, not just anti-, and that can happen if we all remember what is worth defending: the freedoms promised by the Bill of Rights. They need defending again. That’s pro-liberty. Liberty has been a big talking point of the political and religious right wing, but it needs to be the focus of those who cannot abide what this government is doing now. Facts and science matter; freedom is the precondition that matters even more. The fight against what many now see as Trump’s thuggish agitprop is a fight for liberty and freedom. There are many non-liberal, non-progressive people who are offended by Trump and who may be willing to protest for freedom and liberty. This is not the time for progressive, liberal-minded people to pick fights with them unless there is a compelling reason. I am not expecting to see Jeff Sessions or Mitt Romney or Chris Christie marching against the president, but let’s keep the door open for people like them, take a positive approach, and persuade people with positive arguments.
Really, Mr. Attorney General? You give a speech about free speech, in Georgetown, D.C., and you shut out students who signed up to see you speak? That is disrespectful of the republic, and very disrespectful of the principles for which the flag stands.
Could not have happened to a more deserving, or innocent, victim, depending on your POV. Just as soon as Attorney General Sessions announced his plan to reinstate civil asset forfeitures on the grand scale he has been dreaming of since he was an Eagle Scout, President Trump turned the tables on Jefferson Beauregard Sessions by seizing his dignity.
It’s nice that Sen. Lindsay Graham has tweeted a persuasive defense of Attorney General Sessions. But if Sen. McConnell allows the Senate to go into recess, enabling Trump to make a recess appointment who will fire Mueller, McConnell will be remembered for that cowardly act as much or more than anything else in his long Senate career. And it’s nice that Rush Limbaugh finds the way Trump is treating Sessions to be “discomforting” and “unseemly.” But Rush, is that all you got? Are you really “sending your best” against Trump’s attack on our constitutional republic? Rush, why not man up and call out Trump for the unpresidential and un-American tyrant he is? Trump is no friend of principled, limited-government conservatism. Wake up and smell the tyranny, Rush, before it’s too late. When Trump comes for you, will you have any legs to stand on? By the way, if this were just about warfare between Democrats and Republicans, enabling Trump would be less odious and cowardly. But Trump could care less about loyalty to a political party or a governing philosophy or an ideology. It’s all about him and his money and his glory and his vengeful self. Enabling a person like that has little upside, to say the least.
Of course Attorney General Sessions, while obfuscating, didn’t invoke executive privilege while testifying today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, because of course President Trump (whose name it is an honor and blessing simply to be allowed to mention, as we all learned yesterday) did not and will not invoke executive privilege. That is because Trump is no mere ordinary U.S. President. His grandiloquent eminence precludes any stooping to invocation of privilege. More to the point, Trump already knows all the details, all the Russian connections. No need to inquire or investigate as far as he cares. David Simon’s June 8 Twitter thread lays out the case for Trump’s guilt as well as anything I have read or heard. When an innocent person would look toward the door in expectation, Trump looks only at his nails, never at the door…
You would think that a little dude from Baja Alabama who became Attorney General of the whole dang United States would have just a little bit of inkling that in our beautiful constitutional republic we have judicial review of executive and legislative actions. You are maybe not ready for the new world of 2017 in which some states and some federal circuit courts are more equal than others. Would federal judicial review be less surprising if it came from a big ol’ judge in Texas? Or Alaska? Would that be big enough?
Update: Not gonna give you a break, Mr. Pepe Beauregard Dingleberry Sessions. Lost my sense of humor a while back. How about you? Sativa got you all riled up, little dude? Try some mellow indica next time.