We heard what was probably the most bleak, dark, and nonsensical rambling of an inauguration speech I have ever heard. That was without doubt terrible. It shows that Donald Trump cannot give a good speech to save his life.
This speech was terrible. He stood on that stage as the least popular president-elect in history. His numbers, for the first time, actually went down between his election and his inauguration.
That is bad enough. His speech made all of our allies very nervous. He talked about “protecting our borders and not others”. Needless to say that make our allies nervous since we have treaties to help protect their borders.
I could go on about how he bragged that his inauguration would shatter records for attendance. It might have, but on the low-end not the high-end. Did you notice all of those empty seats in the bleachers next to the reviewing stand? Those seats required tickets and they were empty! But that isn’t the really important thing about today.
In his speech he talked about equality and making lives for everyone, including minorities, better. It almost sounded like he was really interested in the welfare and the rights of minorities. But, hold your horses, as they say.
A little background. Under Rick Perry as Governor of Texas, the Republican legislature passed the most voter restrictive law in the country. Naturally, it wound up in court with the Department of Justice bringing the suit.
A Federal Judge said the law was not only racist, but from his listening to the testimony, it was clear to him that it was deliberately racist in nature and intended to keep African and Latino Americans from being able to vote in the State of Texas.
A three judge Appeals Court agreed with that ruling and also called the law intentionally racist. Then it went to the most conservative Appeals Court in the country. They also ruled that the law was violating the voting rights of African and Latino Americans, but they were not convinced that it was intentional.
So, they ordered the case returned to the original judge to re-exam the intent of the law. The case was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday next week.
Here is where we come to Trump’s actions speaking louder than his words. At 1201 this afternoon, right after he took the office, his people at the Justice Department asked the judge to delay the case.
This was something that was not announced. It was done in secret hoping the nation would not notice. What we have is a person giving an inauguration speech talking about civil rights, and while he is talking, his Justice Department is trying to delay a case against a racist voter restriction law.
Of course, the Appeals Court that decided the law as racist, but sent it back anyway to determine intent was wrong in its decision. They should have stopped the law completely because it doesn’t matter if a law is passed with intent to be racist. The very fact that it is racist makes it unconstitutional and the judges should have said so in the first place.
Now we have a situation where the new administration could easily tell the judge that they are dropping their suit against the racist law. Of course, that doesn’t really mean that the suit will stop since others will continue with it. But, with DOJ dropping out, the case becomes more difficult.
When you also consider that Jeff Sessions, the nominee for the Department of Justice has been openly in favor of such racist laws the discriminate or restrict the voting of minorities, there is little doubt in my mind that the case will probably be dropped by DOJ.
Then you have the real problem where this Texas law is not the only one that is currently in the courts. Other states face similar cases against their racist voter restrictions. Will the DOJ under Sessions drop all of those cases as well?
As you can see, the Liar in Chief says one thing all the while his administration is doing just the opposite thing behind the curtain. That is not a very good start to a good government that will work for all of our citizens.
Trump laid out a very bleak and dark view of our country. He started laying the foundation for his authoritarian government. His DOJ request to delay a civil rights case tells me that is his main goal.
If you believed his line that the people will be the real rulers of the country, you need to wake up. He is the only person who is intended, in his mind, to rule the country.
As the title says, actions speak louder than words. You don’t need an amplifier to know that his actions are opposite of his words.