Last week, we inaugurated our demand that President Trump must go, with the words of that great American patriot Thomas Paine. Our charge then, and our charge now, is that Trump is unfit to be president. We can take each letter of his name to count the reasons he must go.
T is for tyrant or tax-evader as one protester noted on a placard. R is for racist. U is for unfit as we have already duly noted. M is for misogynist or miscreant. P is for plutocrat or prevaricator. Substitute your own words for the letters and we know there are a number available that will amount to the same terrible, ridiculous, useless, mean-spirited predator.
Each week we will list some reasons why we feel Trump must go.
Two of them occurred Tuesday. First, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education and that means the public school systems of the nation are endangered. Once again the so-called democratic process with Vice President Pence casting the deciding vote was invoked to break the Senate tie.
And, secondly, the Army Corps of Engineers will grant the final approval to complete the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which is a victory for the developer Energy Transfer Partners and a defeat for environmentalists and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Trump must go because he has refused to reveal his tax returns and thereby avoided the transparency of his business dealings, which he retains and a are clear violation of the Constitution.
We know that Trump has declared that conflict-of-interest rules don’t apply to him, but the emoluments clause of the Constitution applies to him and other federal officials. According to this clause, no federal officeholder can accept any “present, emolument of any kind.” Trump’s business empire that reaches across the globe places him in a very precarious position, and it seems impossible for him to evade the law’s restrictions.
Of course, we know that he will go to no end to bend the law, find ways to circumvent it. The news that he has put his sons in charge of his empire is bogus and falls far short of the blind trust that is needed to comply with the Constitution’s emolument protection.
Most egregious, Trump’s immigration policy, now contested in the nation’s courts, may have trampled on the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, abrogating one’s religious freedoms by banning Muslims from the country, as well as due process of an individual’s rights.
We await the decision of the Appeals Court on whether Trump’s immigration policy stands. Meanwhile, numerous immigrants, once caught in a limbo, are streaming into the country. And that’s as it should be in a nation of immigrants and laws.