Last week, the Supreme Court did its job. It told the Trump administration that it would not approve of Trump’s ignominious citizenship question on the 2020 census form, for it is basically a poorly-disguised attempt to discriminate against Hispanics for political gain. I agreed with that assessment and the Court’s decision, though I did not agree with Chief Justice John Roberts giving Trump lawyers an opportunity to come up with a better ‘rationale’. In other words, “go think up a more credible lie”.The Justice Department appeared ready to give up the ghost and sent word that they were conceding and would abide by the decision of the Supreme Court. But then, apparently Trump threw a royal tantrum, and within hours, the Justice Department was back in the news saying that no, they decided to pursue the matter, and that all lawyers would be required to cancel their Fourth of July plans to spend the day ‘brainstorming’ to come up with that ‘better rationale’.
Apparently, all the king’s lawyers and all the king’s men couldn’t put together a plausible excuse as to why they want to add the loaded citizenship question to the census. Now here comes the part that should sent chills down your spine. Trump announced that he is considering an executive order to circumvent the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, the final authority on all legal questions and disputes. He is considering an executive order to add the citizenship question. He is considering an executive order, in essence, to say that he, Donald J. Trump, is the only and final law, and that no other laws apply to him.
Think about that one for a minute.
I said long ago that his use of executive orders was not only excessive, but bordered on being illegal. But, if he chooses to go this route, there is one last option: Congress can overturn an executive order by passing legislation that invalidates it. But, of course, there’s the rub. The Senate is having a “let’s sit on our asses and not pass a damn thing” session, and even in the House, it is doubtful that any such legislation could attain a veto-proof (2/3) majority because the House Freedom Caucus would no doubt vote against any such legislation.
And so, I say to you, my friends … if Trump signs an executive order demanding that a citizenship question be included in next year’s census, then there is no law that applies to Donald Trump.
Think about that one for another minute.
What do you have when a person at the head of government is not constrained one bit by anything … not the legislature, not the highest court in the land? What you have is not a president, nor a prime minister, what you have is a dictator or a king. Since Trump has no royal blood, he cannot be a king, and so … Heil Herr Trump.
I urge you, if the question is on the census form next year, to skip over it … DO NOT ANSWER IT! Most people in the U.S. who are reading this blog are citizens, most born in the U.S., but it doesn’t matter … DO NOT ANSWER THAT QUESTION! I definitely will not answer it. I have skipped questions in prior year’s census that I felt were invasive or just flat out none of their damn business, and I absolutely will not answer this one!