Time really flies once the rabies virus enters the central nervous system. It seems like only days ago that Richard Spencer was the “nazi” being attacked in the street. Now simply being a Trump supporter attracts the bloodlust of neo-bolsheviks. Soon enough it will be elderly women with a southern accent, and then school-children in white socks. People rarely see far enough over the grim horizon as the left goes feral. This myopia resulting in history’s most tearfully regretted assurance: It could never happen here.
Of course it happening here currently faces a big blond impediment perched in the White House. And one of the tactics he should immediately commence is turning masked antifa klan cells into FBI agent mixers, with resulting conspiracy indictments and charges against their funding sources. I don’t know how well The Thing can waddle in shackles at such an advanced age, though I’ll have little sympathy to offer its struggle. As for his drones, a period of correctional reflection is probably necessary to clarify that attacks won’t be tolerated, even when the color of your mask is black.
But this all presupposes the continuation of a unified state apparatus. And by unified, I mean one in which all the principals agree to a given set of rules. Historically these rules have meant Congress passes laws, which the Court may or may not permit and the President may or may not enforce. While state governors and their legislatures retained absolute jurisdiction over all other matters not specifically enumerated in Article One, Section Eight. That being in practical terms what species of fowl they’d like to put on their license plates.
In this Implied Constitution, the federal executive and judiciary tacitly split the country’s rule, while taking pains to avoid confrontations that would make this arrangement more awkwardly conspicuous. It’s quite an elegant system if you don’t think about it. And even though the odds remain good it will persist a while longer, I think there is a not insignificant chance that its short-term prognosis is bleak.
Having taken note of his predecessor, Trump is humoring the showgirls on Capitol Hill while moving to actually lead by the pen. The left (including GloboCorp uniformly) is naturally apoplectic and seeking succor in the courts. The place from which nearly its entire modern edifice has emerged. I guess it’s hard to blame them; you certainly don’t want important decisions left in the hands of the people who have to live with them.
While the executive and judiciary have periodically generated some very mild friction in the recent past, these first skirmishes of the Trump presidency portend something much hotter. As you know a liberal judge, envisioning herself as the protagonist in one of Hollywood’s semi-annual slave movies, has already issued a partial stay. Additionally, every business down to Myrtle’s Diner is pledging to sponsor more legal challenges. You can certainly see whose loyalty your Netflix subscription is purchasing. To paraphrase that company’s CEO, it’s unamerican to have an America of Americans.
Since Harry Reid dispensed with the senate filibuster to pack the lower courts with Obama appointments, there is now a broad shelf of eager unheard-ofs ready for their civil rights hero audition. All of whom have been well marinated in the legal doctrine of what I don’t like can’t possibly be constitutional. So I expect a perpetual battery of obscure jurists issuing politically bald injunctions.
The question is, what will Trump and his departments do about it. There was a tantalizing taste of that in the ruling’s immediate aftermath: DHS officers simply ignored it.
There is a real possibility this is where we are going in both directions. The migrant catch basin sanctuary cities have long been threatening non-compliance with any order that impedes American dispossession. Now California is reportedly studying means to actually withhold taxes from Washington. Ahh, I can’t wait for the federal troops and bayonets in Sacramento.
Though the larger point is that the left is actively girding itself for very high-stakes resistance. They are inching up to telling the President of the United States no. In prior times they called this sedition. If Trump were to lead out similarly or retaliate by openly dismissing the left’s judicial mandarins then suddenly the unified state apparatus will have evaporated like the dew and it’s sides being drawn. From a formerly bland existence we’d quickly find ourselves in what the Chinese call interesting times. That is when the dictum of diversity is our strength would be put to the test. I do not think it would acquit itself well. But I do think the neo-bols would find themselves facing far more formidable opposition than old women. And that alone just might make it all worthwhile.