This blog entry is a test. I’m curious to see how many Trumpist readers will unfriend me or write nasty notes to me because of its title, without having actually read what I’ve written. As a matter of actual fact, I will not vote for Joe Biden this November. Nor, just to be fair and balanced, am I very likely to vote for Donald Trump. (In the state in which I reside, my vote will probably make no difference, anyway. Come November, if I see that it’s equally divided between Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump, perhaps I’ll reconsider my position. I care that much about the courts.)
Anyway, the title of my post comes from this article, which originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times:
I thought that it had some interesting things to say, although ultimately, as a free-market conservative, I have to dissent from it.
A little something that I think we Americans need to remember once in a while. It’s called the Constitution:
(ratified December 15, 1791)
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
And, in that light, here’s the most important link in this blog entry:
With the country in a crisis, state governors shouldn’t be required to kiss the president’s ring in order to secure federal assistance. Ours is a federal republic, not a monarchy — “a government of laws,” as the saying used to have it, “and not of men.”
“Trump v the states: how the president is remaking the government in his image: Clashes between presidents and governors are nothing new – but Trump’s rattling of the federalist compact is unprecedented in modern times”
Oddly, broad assertions of unconstitutional executive power have been coupled with a distinct lack of presidential leadership:
And, finally, in a desperate and hopeless bid to head those off who, because of my reluctance to genuflect to Mr. Trump, will try to brand me as a partisan leftist, I offer this. It was, as I recall, brought to my attention by my friend John Gee:
I remain a libertarian-leaning conservative. I’m also strongly committed to federalism. If that puts me out of sync with the current regime, I’m okay with it. I’ve often been out of sync with presidents — though never nearly so much with a Republican one.