Trump And Total Authority, More Like Total Diarrhea Of The Mouth

During the past several decades the most absurd comment made by any president–even when out of office–came from Richard Nixon.  Speaking to David Frost in the famed interviews Nixon stated, “Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”

Over the past days, however, Nixon’s undemocratic statement has been replaced by a new anti-Madisonian democracy  outrage.   Trump stood before God and national reporters while stating this jaw-dropping line.

“When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total.”

Not so fast, Orange Mussolini!  I am 57, but my memory of civics from my youth still informs me that our power-sharing arrangement is found in the Constitution’s 10th  amendment where it makes clear that any power not specifically given to the federal government resides with the states.  Any move by Trump to step into his self-delusional role as even more of an autocratic figure, one he pines for on a regular basis, will be met with the fastest legal roadblocks that any judge has ever fashioned.

Over the past week I have been listening to law professors on NPR, and reading Op-Ed pieces on this subject.  Almost to a person, there is an agreement that the coronavirus pandemic, though without mercy, does not meet the criteria of a war.  Therefore the National Emergencies Act under which, the autocrat to be, declared an emergency does not grant unrestrained powers.

I had to smile (and yes, snicker) when even John Yoo, the infamous creator of the legal justification for the use of torture during the George W Bush administration voiced opposition to Trump’s statement.  He even stated the “federal system reserves the leading role over public health to state governors” and only “they will decide when the draconian policies will end.”

As for my husband and me, we can assure Trump he does not have total authority over anything in our lives.  We will abide by the guidance from experts, and will not mix again in society until it is safe.  His re-election and the national economy are not anywhere near the top of considerations when it comes to our health and well-being.

After researchers have found the antidote to COVID-19 I would hope they can next find one for the second most vexing problem in this nation.  That would be the verbal diarrhea Trump spews daily, as of late in front of the national press.

But then again the voters are going to toss his large butt out of the White House come November.  Trump dithered and failed to act with this pandemic, and as a result, voters are going to make his election loss of such a magnitude that it will rival impeachment when reporters sum up his life in their lead paragraphs.

And so it goes.

One More (Last?) Bernie Sanders Post

I am truly pleased that Bernie Sanders ended his campaign, endorsed Joe Biden for president, and did it all in April!  That he did not beat up the eventual party nominee until the national convention and further undermine the party that he attempted to hijack–for the second time–is all good news.  If only his supporters would now stop making idiotic statements.   A guy has the right to dream, right?

This week the votes were counted for the Wisconsin April Election.  A stunning victory was scored by the liberal candidate for the Supreme Court.  After I posted on Facebook about this matter one of the typical Sanders supporters tried to make a point that ‘we’ should be thankful that  “Bernie’s base helped win that seat”.   Her comment was repeated in a number of ways in the hours following, each comment more troubling than the previous one.

It was stated, “Guess it’s a good thing for Wisconsin that he (Sanders) didn’t withdraw before the primary”

I took objections to those comments.  Here is why.

I always welcome all voters to cast ballots. I would trust that people see the wisdom of voting at each election.  Local elections are vitally important and often do not have presidential primaries attached to them. They happen every spring.

Bernie Sanders should not need to be on the ballot to motivate voters to get to the polls. If that is what it takes to get voters to the polls perhaps those voters need to ponder the issues of the day, and how they interact with their lives.  To be blunter, they might just have to get off their backsides and care more about issues than their self-centered lives. Too many of those whiners failed to cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election, and think they have somehow a right to anything more than our national scorn.

It was then I was labeled with a “high and mighty attitude”.   Having a civics-minded attitude never wins converts from the Sanders’ crowd.  But I pressed onwards.

I was not aware that the promotion of civic duty was “high and mighty”  Given that my dad was a WWII vet, and served 40 years on the Hancock Town Board means that certain values about voting and being a responsible citizen is in my DNA, (so to speak).   That did not win me anything other than more of the usual dribble.

But at least today I did not need to hear nonsensical comments about how Sanders’ voters were turned out of the process, or somehow neutered in their ability to cast a ballot, or all the other absurdities that come up when they mention their cult leader.

So let me now shuck this post down to the cob.

I am just thankful that we never again will have to put up with Bernie Sanders running for president and having his name on the ballot.