Monday, June 26, 2017
Boom! The Supremes reinstate the rule of law
The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration mostly enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it.
The action Monday is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.
The court did leave one category of foreigners protected, those "with a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," the court said in an unsigned opinion. The justices will hear arguments in the case in October.
Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours after being cleared by courts.
The ban would apply to citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
There was never - never - any legal question that the travel ban was proper and within the president's rightful authority to implement. Lower court decisions to the contrary were clearly political, a shocking offense against the rule of law. In order to prevent such abuse in the future, every judge that ruled that the travel ban wasn't allowable should be immediately impeached, if for no other reason than to send a message to any other judge tempted to make a ruling on a political, as opposed to a legal basis, that to do so will result in your dismissal from a position of trust. Further, any judge so impeached should by law be disqualified from any appointed or elected position ever again.
I cannot over emphasize how much of a threat this kind of thing is to the idea that our courts are fair and trustworthy institutions bound by law. These decisions by lower court judges are unambiguous threats to the very foundations of our government, and they must be expelled from any position of authority. They are enemies of the people and the people's republic, straight up. It is horrifying that it took a trip to the Supreme Court to reinstitute the rule of law on this subject, and the fact that it did emphasizes how important it is that strict constructionists only be allowed on the bench in any American court.