Month: October 2020

Trump doesn’t get it: Rule of law anchors democracy

Trump doesn’t get it: Rule of law anchors democracy

first_imgPresident Eisenhower sent in the National Guard, who escorted the students into school.The president stood up to the racists, stood up for the rule of law. He may well have disagreed with the Court’s decision or with how the lower courts were interpreting it, but he understood that the rule of law was more important than all of that.It wasn’t the National Guard that ensured that the Brown decision would be enforced; it was the respect for the Court demonstrated by the Republican president.What part of that does this president not understand?In 1974, President Richard Nixon sought to fire the Watergate special prosecutor, Archibald Cox.He finally found someone in the Justice Department who would fire Cox (the attorney general and his deputy having resigned rather than fire the legendary professor and public servant), only to be forced to appoint the esteemed lawyer Leon Jaworski to replace Cox. Is that what your rhetoric is all about?He attacks the courts, attacks the judges, attacks the FBI, attacks the Justice Department.Never in my lifetime have we had a president with less respect for the institutions of society that are literally the bedrock of our democracy.Never have we had a president with such profound contempt for the rule of law.And what do you get when the most powerful man in the land has no respect for the rule of law?You get lawlessness, which is a whole lot worse than a court that doesn’t agree with your decisions, or, in this case, has the audacity to maintain the status quo while the courts determine whether Trump’s plans to deport “Dreamers” — immigrants who were brought to this country as children, and have grown up as Americans — is lawful.In other words, Trump is angry that these children and young adults are not being deported fast enough. So what if it should turn out that the president’s plan is unlawful? Clearly that wouldn’t trouble President Trump.He sounds like a leader who thinks he is above the law — more like Vladimir Putin than an American president.In Marbury v. Madison, Chief Justice John Marshall established the principle that the courts — not Congress or the president — decide whether laws are constitutional or not.Of course, the courts don’t have armies to enforce their decisions; they have court-martials, who make sure the courthouses are safe.The martials don’t go out and tell Immigration and Customs Enforcement what to do. The president surely knows that.The decisions of the courts in this nation are followed not because the courts have armies but because this is a nation under law, a nation of laws and not men, and respect for the rule of law is at its core; because these principles are so fundamental, so basic, so widely respected, that it has mostly gone without saying that they will be followed.In the 1950s, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, there was a serious question whether the “massive resistance” to integration organized by certain Southern governors and segregationists would undermine the Court’s authority. Jaworski sought the same tapes from the president: Would President Nixon obey the Supreme Court? He resigned.It should come as no surprise that a president who governs by tweets and shoots first and checks later would attack the courts, just like he attacks everyone else who disagrees with him.But courts aren’t like everyone else.The rule of law depends on our respect for them, respect that this president serves to undermine without even appearing to realize what he is doing.And that is a whole lot scarier than Nixon on his worst day.Susan Estrich is a nationally syndicated columnist, lawyer, professor, author, political commentator, and feminist advocate.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Editorial, Opinion“Nothing’s as bad as the Ninth Circuit.”That is the president of the United States talking to the nation’s governors on Monday about the United States Court of Appeals for much of the western United States, including California.Nothing is worse than a court that disagrees with you?I can think of many things that are far, far worse.How about a nation without the rule of law, where court decisions are routinely ignored, judges are political fodder and disputes are resolved by force and not by law?Sound good, Mr. President?last_img read more

Efforts to impeach Trump based on lies

Efforts to impeach Trump based on lies

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In response to Raymond Harris’ April 9 letter on how will Trump go down. 1) With all the biased investigators on this phony Russian collusion witch hunt, you would think after more than a year, some evidence of collision would surface, but nothing. 2) Trade wars? When was the last time our president put the United States first? 3) Trump’s total disrespect for women? Two words for this: Bill Clinton.   4) Dreamers? If these Dreamers have been in this country for all these years and haven’t made an effort to become citizens, get out.5) Extravagant travel and lifestyle? I believe your memory needs to be refreshed. Michelle Obama traveled the world on our dime with friends and family for eight years. Finally, this Trump-bashing bandwagon is a total joke. Never, ever a positive accomplishment is printed about the president of this great country. How can millions of our tax dollars be thrown down the drain on an investigation that went off the rails because the real swamp is afraid of being exposed for the crooks that they are?I think I will destroy 30,000 subpoenaed e-mails, smash my devices with a hammer, tell lies after lies to the government, and sell a part of our uranium — and walk free.Michael P. Croce Sr.Ballston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 27

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 27

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Stop wasting time investigating TrumpIt’s about time the Democrats that were voted into office stop wasting taxpayers’ money and start working with our president. Get a life. Leave the president’s family alone. Read my lips, no collusion. What part don’t you understand? Do the job you were voted in for — solving America’s problems and make America proud again. Don’t you think it’s about time you get off your high horse? I pray that God punishes you for not standing up to the baby killers. Democrats want Trump’s tax returns for the past six years. Well maybe he should make them do the same. Why aren’t they investigating the Democrats’ tax returns? The president has a great idea. Send all of the illegal immigrants to the sanctuary cities and start with Pelosi in California. Have free college education only for the children of those serving our country.Another thing: Plastic bags are destroying our oceans and creatures. People should be charged 5 or 10 cents. Or they can bring them back and reuse them. They have reusable bags you can get and keep on using them. Or the stores can supply them with paper bags, which are biodegradable. Stop littering our country. James MaxfieldScotia Headline flipped the intention of reportThe Gazette headline on April 19 reported a masterful example of word engineering. Mr. Mueller, after two years of diligent effort to uncover criminal activity on the part of President Trump, had failed to “clear” him. As if their original mission was to prove him innocent. What happened to our judicial system’s tenet of “presumed innocent until proven guilty?” Ah, revenge is so sweet.Jim NorrisClifton Parkcenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBeaver problem in Preserve is complexThe beavers in the Woodlawn Preserve have generated concern over the past few weeks. We’ve  heard from beaver supporters from as far away as California and local folks as well. The pond in the Preserve is a municipal retention pond designed in the 1970s to control flooding in the Woodlawn neighborhood. The last few years were very problematic, with the city expending quite a bit of time, effort and money to keep the culvert that drains the pond clear due to increased beaver activity. The state Department of Environmental Conservation was consulted, and its suggestions included breaching the dams on the Rotterdam side of the culvert, trapping to reduce the population, and replacing the current drainage grate with a different type of baffle.The decision to reduce the population was made by the city (not the Friends of the Woodlawn Preserve) following recommendations and permits from the DEC. But a new flow-control device isn’t the only solution to the problems the beavers are causing. Trees are a beaver’s food source, and besides chewing down a tree, they also strip it of its bark, resulting in tree death. Solutions include wrapping trees with wire or fencing off areas of trees to prevent them from being targeted by the beavers.Knowing that the beaver population will again increase, the city is continuing to explore more options under the guidance of the DEC, and we will continue to advocate for a different type of flow device to better control the water level.If you really care about the beavers and the Preserve, please join us in our efforts.Janet ChenSchenectadyThe writer is the chair of the Friends of the Woodlawn Preserve.last_img read more

Hammerson hits the bull’s-eye at Bull Ring

Hammerson hits the bull’s-eye at Bull Ring

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Herts Industrial Thriving from healthy demand

Herts Industrial Thriving from healthy demand

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Offices An age of renaissance

Offices An age of renaissance

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Shed heaven

Shed heaven

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Big six 2001 auction proceeds hit £792m

Big six 2001 auction proceeds hit £792m

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Flood warning

Flood warning

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The state of new Yorkshire

The state of new Yorkshire

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