Friday, June 3, 2016

Would A Trump Presidency Be A Threat To The Rule Of Law?...

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Having observed Donald J. Trump during the GOP debates, watched the endless stream of Trump media exposure, and read numerous long form journalism accounts, it is almost impossible to not arrive at the conclusion he is unfit to be president of our democratic republic. Escaping the realization Trump demonstrates many characteristics of narcissism, misogyny, xenophobia, extreme nationalism, bigotry, authoritarianism, and disregard for the rule of law is only possible if one willfully ignores that which is in plain sight, and glaringly so.

For the self proclaimed party of limited government and maximum liberty it would seem reasonable as well as rational that the GOP, especially the Tea Party folks, would refuse to support a candidate that may very well, as the following The New York Times article points out, threaten the rule of law on which this nation was founded. But it has become increasingly more obvious that the GOP and the Tea Party is by far more interested in something else, returning to the old order of things pre 1965. Trump rep[resents the strong arm strongman they believe can and will do exactly that.

WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump’s blustery attacks on the press, complaints about the judicial system and bold claims of presidential power collectively sketch out a constitutional worldview that shows contempt for the First Amendment, the separation of powers and the rule of law, legal experts across the political spectrum say.

Even as much of the Republican political establishment lines up behind its presumptive nominee, many conservative and libertarian legal scholars warn that electing Mr. Trump is a recipe for a constitutional crisis.

“Who knows what Donald Trump with a pen and phone would do?” asked Ilya Shapiro, a lawyer with the libertarian Cato Institute.

With five months to go before Election Day, Mr. Trump has already said he would “loosen” libel laws to make it easier to sue news organizations. He has threatened to sic federal regulators on his critics. He has encouraged rough treatment of demonstrators.

His proposal to bar Muslims from entry into the country tests the Constitution’s guarantees of religious freedom, due process and equal protection.

And, in what was a tipping point for some, he attacked Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel of the Federal District Court in San Diego, who is overseeing two class actions against Trump University.

Mr. Trump accused the judge of bias, falsely said he was Mexican and seemed to issue a threat.

“They ought to look into Judge Curiel, because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace,” Mr. Trump said. “O.K.? But we will come back in November. Wouldn’t that be wild if I am president and come back and do a civil case?”

David Post
, a retired law professor who now writes for the Volokh Conspiracy, a conservative-leaning law blog, said those comments had crossed a line.

“This is how authoritarianism starts, with a president who does not respect the judiciary,” Mr. Post said. “You can criticize the judicial system, you can criticize individual cases, you can criticize individual judges. But the president has to be clear that the law is the law and that he enforces the law. That is his constitutional obligation.”

To Trump advocates we can only say caveat emptor.

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Via: Memeorandum


  1. Tom daily leaves multiple comments in this weblogs comment box like this one, some even more offensive.

    TOM. this comment was released so the decent folks can see what a pathetic and very sick individual you are. You constantly flood not only my comment box but you constantly bombard many other good decent people with the same homophobic hate filled bulls*it. Enjoy your "laugh" TOMMY CHILD, because this is the last comment of yours that will EVER appear here.

    Buh bye...

  2. Trump is a textbook narcissist in estremis and far more dangerous than his cartoon persona would appear (see Too sick to lead : The lethal personality disorder of Donald Trump.

    (Tom has dropped hostile messages in my email box too. About 2 or 3 per week on average, all unhinged. His comments are merely delusional rants with no point or purpose to them; thus no reason to post them.)

  3. Notice how many thinking conservatives are not supporting Trump. He has proven himself to be the precise opposite of the principles I was brought up to believe consisted a democratic republic. Indeed he is an unhinged megalomaniac.

    As for TOMMY? He will not be posted again as stated.

  4. Yeah, I wouldn't post that guy. I don't see the point.


  5. TOM does the same to my blog. He is deeply disturbed.

  6. Re: the subject of this post. Had Trump stayed within his realm of "the art of the deal," and beauty pageants, the general public would never have known what a walking disaster of a narcissist he is. In pursuing his megalomaniacal dream of being the leader of the free world, he has exposed himself as a dangerous maniac and, therefore, ruined his brand forever.

    I've read, but I don't know if it's accurate, that bookings at his hotels worldwide are down 60%; we've seen that the PGA pulled out of his Doral golf course and is planning on taking it to Mexico City; we seen how his Trump University scam has impoverished the old and the vulnerable; and we've witnessed many leaders of the GOP and the GOP punditry distance themselves from Trump's toxic, destructive personality.

    Trump believed the crowning prize for his long, notorious career would be winning the U.S. presidency. In fact, it will be the ruination of his gilded brand. We now know him too well to ever admire him again.

  7. There have been other presidential candidates that I have disliked, but always based on disagreement with policy or political/governing philosophy. Trump is the first that I dislike for his political views AND his personality. Frankly Shaw he is, IMO, a source of true evil.


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