Another day of ignorance has ended in the usual ignorant manner we are getting used to. That is a real unfortunate reality in our country today. Chaos reigns and stupidity is rampant. The only question is what is next?
Yesterday, the Acting Attorney General for the United States of America said that she would not defend the executive order on immigration by our beloved leader. Within hours she was fired.
Later last night, the acting Director of Immigration was demoted back to deputy director and another person was named as the acting Director of Immigration. There was no reason given for this move, but the statement made it clear why it happened.
The man named as Acting Director had held the position in ICE that enforced the law and was the one responsible to tracking down and deporting undocumented immigrants. Since trump has promised to deport 11 million people, you can bet it will start pretty soon now.
There is also a report that during the transition period, this executive order was already being worked on. The problem is that it is further reported that senior staff members of Congress supposedly secretly worked on the ban and then signed a non-disclosure agreement with trump.
I have heard that Mattis would be the adult in the room when it comes to policy from the White House. Yet, there he was standing right behind trump and applauding the signing of this horrible executive order. I don’t find that as being much of a grown up in the room.
To be fair, it has since been reported that he was unaware of exactly what was in the order and is now angry. So, why has he kept quiet about the order and not show the spine that Sally Yates showed in defying the order?
I have lost a lot of respect for Mattis over this simple case. He should be yelling at the top of his lungs. His beloved leader has just made the lives of several hundred if not thousands of Iraqi citizens who have helped our troops in jeopardy, and trump doesn’t seem to give a shit about that fact. The old general should know better.
Finally, there are about 100 diplomats in the State Department that disagree with trump’s order as well. In the State Department, there is something called the Dissent Channel. Under this policy, State Department workers can formally dissent about various issues.
Part of this policy is that no retaliation can be taken against those signing the dissent memo. It works this way. If people in the State Department are against any issue or policy, they can write a memo to the Secretary of State expressing their dissent. They all sign the memo and the Secretary of State has 90 days to respond to them.
Mark Toner, a spokesman for the State Department said:
The Dissent Channel is a longstanding official vehicle for State Department employees to convey alternative views and perspectives on policy issues. This is an important process that the Acting Secretary, and the Department as a whole, value and respect. It allows State employees to express divergent policy views candidly and privately to senior leadership.
Unfortunately, trump doesn’t seem to feel the same way. In his press briefing Sean Spicer was asked about this dissent memo. He said: “They should either get with the program, or they can go.”
I am not going to argue that trump didn’t have the authority to fire Sally Yates. He has the authority. However I am questioning why he fired her. Was it because he is trying to “keep us safe” or because he considered her defiance and opinions about the order as a personal betrayal. To me it is clear that it was the latter.
I will say this as clearly as possible. When we take the oath of office we are swearing to defend the Constitution, not our beloved leader. It was the responsibility of Yates to voice her concern when she felt something was not legal. Even in the military we have an out from the oath if we know that an order given to us is illegal. The oath says we will “follow all legal orders from those appointed over us.” That means, if we believe that an order is illegal, we don’t have to obey it.
Sally Yates did what she believed was right. She did not see the order as being legal, and therefore said she and her department would not defend it. She was open and honest in her beliefs. But, trump doesn’t want anyone who is open and honest. He wants obedience.
The White House could have called her and tried to speak to her and “convince” her the order was legal. They could have listened to her objections and come to some kind of compromise that would have served both sides. But, no, they did not want to speak to her. She had the spine to defy our beloved leader and she had to go immediately.
Spicer said that she had “betrayed” the Department of Justice. If you disagree with the beloved leader, you are betraying your department not doing your job. Their full statement says it all:
Acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States. This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.
Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.
It is time to get serious about protecting our country. Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.
Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms. Yates of her duties and subsequently named Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as Acting Attorney General until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons.
If you want to hear the real irony in all of this, when Ms. Yates went through her hearings when she took her office as Deputy, none other than Jeff Sessions asked if she understood that sometimes she will have to say “no” to the president if she disagrees. The person who trump is relying on to help him ban all immigrants told the person he just fired that she was right in defying him because of her legal beliefs.
There is a lot of talk about whether this order is legal or not. In my opinion it is illegal. The fact that he banned “travel and refugees” from certain countries is not by itself illegal. However, when he announced that “Syrian Christians would be given quick exemptions” things changed.
When Rudy Giuliano opened his mouth and admitted that he helped work out a plan to ban Muslims without making it look like they were banning Muslims, things changed. This order contains a hidden “religious test” on who gets in and who does not. Religious tests are unconstitutional.
Additionally this executive order does not make America safer. It actually makes us less safe than we were last Friday morning. In case you have forgotten, the main ally we have in our fight against ISIS is, wait for it, IRAQ.
So, it naturally makes perfect sense that we ban Iraqis from immigrating to our country. After all, they are the ones losing lives in the fight against ISIS in Mosul. We just told our main ally in our fight against ISIS that we are happy they are dying to help us, but don’t count on being able to come here and live in peace. You are not welcome.
What is our beloved leader going to do if Iraq should tell our armed forced to get the hell out of their country? Is he going to break international law and defy them and even send in more troops? How is that all going to make us safer? It will only help ISIS recruit more terrorists than this stupid order is already doing.
The other day I called trump an incompetent fascist. His actions since that post has proven me right. Personal loyalty to him is the only quality you need to work in his administration and government. How long will it be before he demands everyone take an oath of loyalty to him? He has already floated the idea of non-disclosure forms that everyone in the government should sign so he can keep everything secret from the public.
Ultimately the courts will decide if the ban is legal or not. The problem is even if the court says it is illegal, will trump and his administration defy the court? It has been reported that Customs Agents at Dulles Airport defied an already existing order to allow those detained to speak to lawyers. There are even reports that Customs Agents forced immigrants to sign away their visas and even green cards before deporting them.
But don’t worry, this is just the second week of his administration. I am sure we will see a whole lot more incompetence and stupidity in the coming days. Don’t forget, the real internal battle hasn’t started yet. It will begin in earnest when he announces his nominee for the Supreme Court.
If that nominee is a right-wing radical, which he probably will be, and Democrats fight it, they will be accused of obstructing the president for political reasons. They will claim that Democrats should not be allowed to fight the nomination because after all, the president has a right to nominate whom he wants and the Senate should just go along. Just like Republicans did when President Obama nominated Merrick Garland a year ago.
I could say the fun is just beginning. However, the consequences of all of this is way too serious to call it fun. The great businessman who now wants to be our beloved leader is showing his incompetence every day.
But, don’t worry, the shirts keep marching along.