It is incomprehensible, and downright scary, how Americans have elected as their president a man who knows so little about the system of government he is sworn to uphold.
America rejected being ruled by an autocrat at the moment of its founding. Instead of a supreme ruler, our Founding Fathers gave us the Supreme Court. Specifically, they gave us a Constitution that created a system of national government divided into three separate, but equal, branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.
The Constitution also created a system of “checks and balances” to ensure that no one branch of government would become too powerful.
In the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison (1803) the Supreme Court announced for the first time the principle that a court may declare an act of Congress void if it is inconsistent with the Constitution. Basically, the Court said it had the power and duty to be the final arbiter of the constitutionality of congressional legislation and executive action.
Donald Trump’s rushed executive order on immigration was not only poorly thought out and badly executed, it was universally deemed to be unconstitutional by people who know about these things … constitutional scholars.
The order, which halted refugee arrivals into the U.S. for 120 days and barred citizens of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days, was sure to be challenged in court.
Yesterday, a Seattle federal judge put a nationwide block on Trump’s order. When a judge issues a temporary restraining order, it is because he believes the side challenging the order is likely to succeed on constitutional grounds and immediate action is needed so as to prevent those affected by the order from suffering “irreparable injury.”
Instead of President Trump saying his administration would appeal the judge’s decision, our new wannabe tsar took to Twitter to mock the judge:
The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!
It is one thing for a presidential candidate to disrespect a judge, as Trump did during his campaign, but the President of the United States?
Trump continues to prove he knows nothing about our system of government. We are not a nation ruled by men but by laws. His personal attack on a federal judge and broader disrespect for an independent judiciary, is not only unpresidential but unprecedented and unforgivable.
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