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Emperor Trump

January 10, 2020

Yesterday, an unusual spotlight was placed on two United States Senators, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). Both are known for their commitment to limited government as defined by the Constitution of the United States.  Sen. Paul has expressed opposition to the killing of American citizens without trial by a jury, even if they are Islamic terrorists operating abroad.  Sen. Lee is the sponsor of the “Article I Project” which affirms that ‘the Founders made the Congress the ‘First Branch’ of the federal government–the most powerful and the most accountable.’”

Both Senators expressed their disdain for the manner in which the Trump Administration exercised military force in violation of the power of Congress to declare war.  President Trump revealed his surprise that “Mike” took that position and that should tell us something about divisions within the Republican majority in the U. S. Senate.

For starters, there is no love lost between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who opposed Sen. Paul’s election by supporting his own candidate.  If Sen. Paul and Sen. Lee join Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and vote to convict President Trump in an Impeachment trial, we will better understand the difference between a government whose powers are limited by a Constitution and unbridled power of an Imperial Order.

President Trump periodically reveals that he prefers an Imperial Order and his belief that the killing of the Iranian military leader, Qasem Suleimani, was not in violation of the power of the Congress to declare war is one example.

An Empire treats its people as “subjects” to be ruled; a Constitutional order treats them as citizens to be governed.  That distinction is lost on Donald Trump who doesn’t appreciate such fine points and decided to risk going to war with Iran–without Congressional approval.

He may have been right in taking that risk, but he did not consult members of Congress.  There are a number of arguments in support of that lack of consultation, but a President willing to take risks should prepare in advance for opposition by creating a group of advisors whom he consults before he violates the powers of Congress designed to limit the Chief Executive.

Knowing that “Mike” is a strict constructionist would place him in that group of advisors and thus a phone call before committing military aggression might have precluded “Mike’s” complaints and those of Sen. Rand Paul.

All that is “over the head” of Donald Trump and that should worry us when he kills an Islamic radical or cozies up to the Emperors of Turkey, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China or the Emperor of North Korea.  Something is going on in Donald Trump’s head that should worry us unless, of course, the American regime has been transformed into an Imperial Order.  Or, he’s simply unfit to exercise Imperial powers.

If that is the case, we should all begin to practice saying, “Hail Caesar.”

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