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Trump Knows Genuine Self-Government Begins With Truth

Trump Knows Genuine Self-Government Begins With Truth

On Dec. 11, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump, was in the Oval Office of the White House, attempting to reach a deal on a border wall, and avert a government shutdown. (Evan Vucci/AP)

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From the beginning of our polity it's been a problem to deal with falsehood among our leaders. John Adams blamed his defeat at the hands of Thomas Jefferson in 1800 on the hired group of mendacious party-hack scribblers (paid by Jefferson) falsely claiming, among many other enormities, that Adams was a toady of the British seeking to impose monarchy and aristocracy on America.

This caused a rift between the former close friends for decades, th wounds of which were only healed when Adams’s talented wife Abigail finally brought them back together.

The Adams-Jefferson feud had a happy ending, but corrosive public mendacity is still with us. The Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 did not permit anyone to serve in the commonwealth’s legislature unless he was prepared to swear or affirm that he believed in a just God who rewarded the good and punished the wicked.

Over the years, we have driven morality and religion from the public square, and with it, apparently, has gone virtually all restraint on misrepresentation and political chicanery.

The mainstream media constantly claims that President Trump shades the truth, but an objective observer would have to conclude that it is his enemies in the Democratic party who have him over-matched.

This is clearly true with regard to the current controversy over the necessity for border security, specifically whether or not it is appropriate for the president to use his executive authority (supplied by statute) to repurpose appropriated funds to use in the construction of an effective fence or wall.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi both claim that the president has "manufactured a crisis," that this is an improper use of executive emergency authority, and that it will lead a future president similarly to abuse his or her office in order to accomplish a policy goal that might be anathema to Republicans.

Mr. Schumer and Ms. Pelosi raised no such concerns when other presidents invoked emergency executive authority almost 60 times over the last few decades.

The two also conveniently ignore the pleas of such as even President Obama’s U.S. Border Patrol chief, Mark Morgan, who joins many Angel families and the current border security authorities who believe Congress has failed in its job of securing our southern border and that the problem of the flow of drugs and illicit human traffic has, indeed reached crisis proportions.

Democrats are the party of open borders, and simply ignore the costs to many Americans because they foresee a stream of future political supporters. Mr. Trump and his supporters see it differently, but those who wrongly disparage and distort the views of Trump and the Republicans are rarely held to account.

A similar episode of shameless mendacity may be taking place in the case of Jussie Smollett, a gay African-American TV star who claimed to be the victim of a racially and homophobically tinged assault in Chicago.

In one of the coldest nights in that city, Smollet purported to have been assaulted by two white men, at least one of whom was wearing a red hat, who allegedly poured bleach on him, hurled slurs at him, and placed a noose around his neck, after informing him that he was in "MAGA country."

The implausibility of anyone in Chicago, among the bluest of cities, claiming it was MAGA country was plain from the beginning. We now know that his purported assailants (captured nearby on video) were Nigerians, at least one of whom was Smollet’s friend and colleague from his TV show.

There are now reports that the two, when apprehended told police Smollet had paid them several thousand dollars to fake the attack on the star. It was originally believed that Smollet may have concocted the plot in order to advance his career, but he has been a virulent foe of the current president, and a desire to undermine Mr. Trump cannot be discounted.

The final episode of outright fabrication to mention is, of course, the plot hatched by Clinton operatives and eagerly embraced by sympathetic Obama administration intelligence and law enforcement officials to claim Trump/Russia collusion.

This week we learned, as a by-product of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s book tour, that McCabe and other FBI officials toyed with the replacement of Donald Trump using the 25th Amendment, in a neat move that would have circumvented the judgment of the Electoral College in determining the president.

Democracy, it is said, dies in darkness, but constitutional government cannot survive if the American people cannot summon the virtue truthfully to engage in self-government.

We are fortunate to have a president who understands the gravity of our situation, and we can only hope that the mainstream media will begin to awaken to their responsibilities.

Stephen B. Presser is the Raoul Berger Professor of Legal History Emeritus at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, the Legal Affairs Editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and a contributor to The University Bookman. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has taught at Rutgers University, the University of Virginia, and University College, London. He has often testified on constitutional issues before committees of the United States Congress, and is the author of "Recapturing the Constitution: Race, Religion, and Abortion Reconsidered" (Regnery, 1994) and "Law Professsors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law" (West Academic, 2017). Presser was recently appointed as a Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado's Boulder Campus for 2018-2019. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

 

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Democrats are the party of open borders, ignoring the costs to many Americans because they foresee future political supporters. Mr. Trump and his supporters see it differently, but those who wrongly distort the views of Trump and the GOP are rarely held accountable.
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