December 28, 2015

TRUMP OF THE WILL:

The Right's Post-Constitutional Moment (Rich Lowry, December 26, 2015, RCP)

Donald Trump exists in a plane where there isn't a Congress or a Constitution. There are no trade-offs or limits. There is only his will and his team of experts who will figure out how to do whatever he wants to do, no matter how seemingly impossible.

The thought you can't do that doesn't ever occur to him. He would deport the American-born children of illegal immigrants. He has mused about shutting down mosques and creating a database of Muslims. He praised FDR's internment of Japanese Americans in World War II.

You would be forgiven for thinking that in Trump's world, constitutional niceties -- indeed, any constraints whatsoever -- are for losers. It's only strength that matters. It shouldn't be a surprise that he expresses admiration for Vladimir Putin, a "powerful leader" who is "highly respected within his own country and beyond." Trump's call to steal Iraq's oil and kill the families of terrorists is in a Putinesque key.

For some on the right, clearly the Constitution was an instrument rather than a principle. It was a means to stop Obama, and has been found lacking.

Both wings hate the Republic. 

Posted by at December 28, 2015 12:49 PM

  

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