Perhaps the title of this post should be “We cannot withstand another Emperor.” Either way, there’s a must-read piece at The Federalist for those of you who are still undecided about jumping on board the Trump Train.
The Obama years have brought America to the brink of transformation from constitutional republic into an empire ruled by secret deals promulgated by edicts. Civics classes used to teach: “Congress makes the laws, the president carries them out, judges decide controversies, and we citizens may be penalized only by a jury of our peers.”
Nobody believes that anymore, because no part of it has been true for a long time. Barack Obama stopped pretending that it is. During the twentieth century’s second half, both parties and all branches of government made a mockery of the Constitution of 1789. Today’s effective constitution is: “The president can do whatever he wants so long as one-third of the Senate will sustain his vetoes and prevent his conviction upon impeachment.”
Obama has been our first emperor. A Donald Trump presidency, far from reversing the ruling class’s unaccountable hold over American life, would seal it. Because Trump would act as our second emperor, he would render well-nigh impossible our return to republicanism.
Read the whole thing. Trump isn’t the solution to the problem, he’s part of it. How do you think he got where he is today? As Smitty pointed out, this whole mess can’t be undone overnight, or even in eight years, but with Ted Cruz we could get a good start. On the other hand, by the end of the day Tuesday those of us who are opposed to a Trump nomination are going to have to unite behind one candidate. Barring some completely unforeseen comeback by Kasich or Carson it will be either Rubio or Cruz.