Federal judges all over the country block Trump’s racist immigration orders. A federal judge rules Texas racist voter ID law unconstitutional. A federal judge confirms marriage equality rights. This morning, a federal judge blocks Arkansas’ rush to kill 7 death row inmates before the expiration date of the sedative used in executions. That’s right, some idiot in Arkansas thought it was a good idea to rush up 7 executions because the company that provides the sedative has discontinued selling them to states that use it to kill people.
Trump and his cronies have rapidly pulled the veil down over the WH. His press secretary lies daily from the briefing room podium, the Secretary of State banned reporters from his trips. The State Department has halted the daily briefing. Yesterday, the WH announced that visitor logs are now secret. And, of course, Cheeto Jesus will never release his tax returns. Oh, and he’s making millions from those who seek to curry favor from him by their stays in his hotels and resorts.
To add insult to injury, the Congress, cowed by Trump’s twitter account, sit and do nothing, fearful that his drooling knuckle dragger base will unseat them. They have virtually abdicated their duties of oversight and are just sitting there holding their collective breath hoping all this will go away.
The only thing standing between the American people and a
n incompetent fascist regime? The federal courts. If I’ve learned nothing else from this first several months of the most terrifying presidency in US history, I’ve learned the critical importance of the third branch of government, the judiciary. Even with the stolen Supreme Court seat, the judiciary continues to fulfill its key role of being the referee, protecting the Constitution and our society which is governed by it. Conservatives love to rant about the Constitution, touting Scalia’s false “originalist” approach, but ignore the other critical part of Constitutional law – over 200 years of legal precedence. Those thousands of interpretations of the Constitution form the entire body of law that guards against the radical and illegal activities of a corrupt administration, Congress, and state legislatures.
Trump likes to talk about his “wall”, but the real wall we need is the system of courts throughout the country that is critical to protect Us from Him.