The President and the Chief Justice: No Big Deal

The hearts of the chattering classes have been all aflutter this week over an exchange between President Trump and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts this week. The President criticized what he described as an “Obama judge” for a ruling against the administration’s attempt to bar migrants who cross the border illegally from seeking asylum….

CNN vs. Trump

A shorter version of this sentiment appeared on November 29. 2018 as “CNN and Acosta Will Have a Lot to Answer For Later” in a letter to the Wall Street Journal. The case brought by CNN against the White House over suspension of the “Hard Pass of correspondent Jim Acosta will likely not be decided tomorrow…

The “Blue Wave” becomes a Red Trickle

The ballyhooed “Blue Wave” is not going to happen, There will be more of a “Red Trickle.” Since President Trump’s inauguration, an incessant drumbeat by the “mainstream Media” and the keepers and icons of our national culture has informed us that the reaction to Trump will be a “Blue Wave,” pouring Democrats into control of…

Birthright Citizenship: A Primer

President Trump proposes to end the long-accepted concept of “Birthright Citizenship” by executive order.  Contrary to most current commentary, there is a legitimate case to be made that he has that authority. It is not a good or persuasive argument, however, and it contradicts conservative political and judicial principles. The concept of citizenship, as it…

The Kavanaugh Hearing

The long awaited testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who accused Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh of a sexual assault at a high school party some 35 years ago has taken place. The nominee also testified. There was no Perry Mason moment – no sudden confession to lying or sexual assault. In real life confrontations…

Press’s united front just bolsters Trump claims

Cape Cod Times, August 21, 2018 President Trump is not “a self-styled demagogue,” as you describe him (“Trump, tweets and the truth,” Our View, Aug. 16). By definition, a “self-styled demagogue” is one who calls himself a demagogue. I know what you meant, but that’s how these #fakenews things get started. Worse, the Cape Cod…

Immigration Politics Flare Up

In recent weeks the national dialogue has been dominated by hysteria at levels unprecedented even in the era of #nevertrump. Disturbing pictures of children, seemingly caged, were promoted by cynical activists and media outlets to the agitation of many whose political thoughts are dominated by their emotions. A goal of the Trump administration, so the trope…

Some Legal Advice for President Trump

President Donald J. Trump and his lawyers are engaged in a choreographed performance aimed, not at Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but at the voting public. Trump acts as if  he is just dying to have a conversation to clear the air with Mueller, while his lawyers argue that there should be limits on any such…

Jim Clapper’s “Magical Mystery Tour”

Before he accepted his appointment by President Obama as Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper wrote in a letter to the President: “I have always sought to be ‘below the radar;” I do not like publicity.” The big payday of a large book contract seems to have overcome Clapper’s reticence. In addition to his paid…

We shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for senators to scrap the filibuster

Boston Globe letter The Globe’s laudable condemnation of the US Senate filibuster concludes with a disappointing whimper of a suggestion that the rule be limited and a more laughable one that senators change their behavior (“Fixing the US Senate,” Editorial, March 25). The filibuster is not a provision of the Constitution but a rule of…

President Trump, General Kelly and the Accused Aide

President Donald J. Trump and his White House Chief of Staff, former General John Kelly each came to their current position from different places and a different time. When Marine General John Kelly was commanding American and Coalition forces in battle in Western Iraq, if he heard that an exceptionally effective aide or company commander…

The House Intelligence Memo: Damning Details

There’s not much news in the House Intelligence Committee Majority Staff Memo on abuses by a few individuals at the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) in the use of FISA (Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act) to conduct surveillance on domestic political opponents. There is confirmation of the leaks that the discredited “Trump Dossier” a/k/a “Steele…