Well, the Trump defenders say, all presidents lie. Franklin D. Roosevelt lied about preparations to get America involved in World War II. President Dwight Eisenhower lied about a U.S. spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union, and John F. Kennedy lied about the ill-conceived Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. FDR's was one of those rare justifiable lies for a nobler cause, and Ike and JFK came to regret their misrepresentations. … [Read more...] about A new age of lies?
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The Insurrection Act was last invoked by George H.W. Bush during the Rodney King protests in Los Angeles in 1992, but only in that one place and only at the request of then-Governor Pete Wilson. It was invoked by Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy to enforce desegregation orders in the Deep South, but on the explicit grounds that state and local elected officials and law enforcement agencies refused to do so. It’s an extraordinary act, as indicated by its very name, and if Trump persists in talking about it or actually using it, he will have to address suspicions that the main emergency he is concerned about is his reelection in November. … [Read more...] about Defense Secretary Esper: Trump Shouldn’t Invoke Insurrection Act to Quell Protests
Are any of the Democratic governors disdained by Trump and Cotton raising flags of rebellion on a pro-looter or pro-rioting platform? Are there any antifa state governments? I don’t think so. Federal military interventions without state and local consent would simply represent a political use of the U.S. Armed Forces to substitute an angry president’s notion of “law and order” for those of the officials elected to make such decisions. Trump does have the power to do so under the Insurrection Act. But the dire consequences of doing so is why sober supporters of constitutional order ranging from Mattis to conservative law professor John Yoo to Trump’s own secretary of defense, Mark Esper, oppose it. The president should listen to them rather than the avid, skull-cracking moralist from Arkansas before playing commander-in-chief with American citizens cast as enemy combatants suitable for being put to death. … [Read more...] about Tom Cotton Is Wrong About the Insurrection Act
The bill before Congress says the US would start undoing the amendment. But it takes an amendment to undo an amendment. A constitutional amendment takes years of effort. While the statehood bill envisions a fast track to this process, it'd have to work flawlessly, otherwise the few people who still lived in the federally controlled district might continue to get three electoral votes. (This type of thing will be the subject of lawsuits.) … [Read more...] about Why DC should (and should not) be the 51st state
Black Lives Matter believes in force. They flood the streets with angry young people who break things, and they hurt anyone who gets in the way. When they want something, they take it. Make them mad and they will set your business on fire. Annoy them and they will occupy your downtown and declare a brand new country. You're not going to do anything about it, they know that for certain. … [Read more...] about Tucker Carlson: Black Lives Matter is working to remake and control the country – and is immune from criticism