Friday, April 21, 2017

"A government of laws, not of men"

Isn't that the idea?

“I wasn’t diminishing the judge or the island of Hawaii, that beautiful place, give me a break,” Sessions said later in response to Velshi, who asked about criticism of Sessions’ remark. “I was just making the point that’s very real: one judge out of 700 has stopped the President of the United States from doing what he believes is necessary to protect our safety and security.”

It only takes one judge; that's how the system works.  Any imputation from the Attorney General or his office that the judge's decision was invalid per se marks that office holder as unfit for the office.  It also raises a question of simple competence:  why is this man still talking?  Why does he continue to defend an indefensible statement, because every response is more risible than the original statement.

It doesn't matter where the ruling came from; it doesn't matter how many judges signed off on it.  If AG Sessions thinks the executive orders of the President he serves are superior to the legal opinions of a judge in a court of competent jurisdiction, he thinks so little of our legal system he should not be heading the Department of Justice.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if any other Attorney General has ever said such a stupid thing about the legal system he's supposed to work in. But, then, this is the same guy who lied about his work as a federal attorney to people who could easily find out he was lying. I suspect that's a hold-over from his time as a Senator where he figured people would defer to him out of that most asinine of all Senate traditions "comity".

    I also wonder when the last time we had an overt (if unadmitted) white-supremacist as AG.

    I think it's time for me to write a letter or two pointing out Susan Collins' part in inflicting Sessions on us.