It was because Trump was POTUS and everyone always crooks the knee to the throne. Always.
"...the legal profession must urgently take collective stock of why so many prominent legal institutions and leaders were embroiled in supporting one of the most corrupt and destructive presidencies in our history."https://t.co/SL1uIJBQPj— John Sipher (@john_sipher) February 12, 2021
Friday, February 12, 2021
John Yoo, Anyone? Alberto Gonzalez?
If we didn't, the system would collapse. Consider the people already saying "Biden is not MY President!" Do we consider those people to be serious, or to be fringe?
Now, if Biden becomes a corrupt President, how long does it take for the "establishment" (there must always be an "establishment") to recognize the danger? As long as it took with Trump? When does the "system" turn on the man/woman at the top? 100 days after inauguration? The next day? After a particularly egregious public statement? "There were good people on...on both sides!" After a torture memo? After flying over New Orleans post-Katrina and gazing out an airplane window from 3000 feet up? After "Heckuva Job Brownie" is finally relieved of authority?
How does one NOT support a presidency, and when DOES that Presidency become "one of the most corrupt and destructive presidencies in our history"? After losing re-election? After the second impeachment? After children are put in cages and the records of where they are and their parents are, are not only lost but in some cases not even made?
If we don't support the President as legitimate from Inauguration Day, what system of government do we have? If we decide it is "one of the most corrupt and destructive presidencies in our history," who makes that decisive declaration, and when? Who gets that authority?
I'm all for accountability and consequences; but throwing around claims like this is trying to stand apart and point the finger at everyone else while holding yourself blameless. In fact, it's the very definition of "distraction." "YOU did this to us!" Nice way of avoiding any responsibility yourself. The root of the problem is not what the lawyers failed to do; the root of the problem is how a man like Trump ever became POTUS in the first place.
And what are we going to do about that, going forward? Because our institutions, like the U.S. Senate, don't at this moment seem poised to take on the responsibility the Constitution gives them to address that problem, at least in the particular. So how are we the people, going to address it in the general circumstance?
Posted by Rmj at 10:00 AM