Thursday, February 9, 2017

Oh This is an Easy D, Alright

"Your institutions will not save you." So goes the cautionary tale to America from citizens subjected to fascist coups and autocratic regimes around the world. Let's just hope that for now, at least, American exceptionalism will work to belie this foreboding warning.

Several weeks ago, the day before Trump announced his Supreme Court pick, I published a short post about the obvious collision course that Trump's administration is on with a co-equal branch of American government.

Today's Ninth Circuit ruling against Trump's immigration ban brings his prospective train wreck with the judiciary that much closer to becoming a screeching reality.

Trump said that even a "bad high school student" would understand that upholding his executive immigration ban was an "Easy D," meaning, I guess, an "easy decision." In fact, a student of seventh grade civics who has watched a few episodes of School House Rock would recognize what the real Easy D here is.

The Easy D is to practice decorum as the President of the United States by not dragging the judicial branch or commenting on pending litigation on Twitter or anywhere else. 

Whether the explanation for Trump's impulsiveness is dis-inhibition, dementia, sociopathy, ignorance, egomaniacism, or something else, it is wholly inappropriate and dangerous--not to mention deeply unpatriotic--for the nation's chief executive to malign the independent judiciary of the United States of America.

The second Easy D was rendered by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today, and as you can see from the below screen shots of my tweet on February 4 and Trump's tweet today, it wasn't hard to predict exactly the outcome and Trump's reaction to it.

Trump does not understand and has zero respect for the basic parameters of American civics, most notably the separation of powers and the role of each co-equal branch of government. 

Indeed, he appears to think he's running a dictatorship or a monarchy without even grasping how these forms of government differ in any meaningful way from the one our founding fathers designed and foresaw.

At some point, SCOTUS will rule against Trump. It might not be on this case, but it will happen. As I wrote previously, it is highly likely Trump will either troll the high court in some way on social media 
or outright defy its orders. 

And what then? Well, then Congress should have an Easy D to make, alright. 

Impeach this unmitigated hazard to humanity and democracy, or risk imminent harm to both. 

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