July 10, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh favors presidential dictatorial powers

Sam Smith - One of the grave problems as a nation drifts towards fascism and other forms of dictatorship is that the public and media discussion of supporting policies becomes coated with the words of normalcy. For example, we have yet to hear any media note that Trump's handling of immigrant children would be considered an obviously  criminal act if done by a citizen rather than by the president.

Now we have a nominee for the Supreme Court clearly chosen in part because he has argued that the president should have dictatorial powers while in office, although he put it in far more polite legal terms. Thus the Christian Science Monitor described this grossly offensive position with utter passivity: 
He wrote in a 2009 law review article that he favored exempting presidents from facing both civil suits and criminal investigations, including indictment, while in office. That view has particular relevance as special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign played any role in a foreign interference plot.
The fact is that a president exempt from the law is a dictator. 

1 comment:

greg gerritt said...

The culture of impunity that we foastered in Latin America comes home too bite us.,