The Supreme Court ruled the travel ban was within the legal authority of the President. It is legal. I am glad for our check and balance system and that the courts saw this case. “It is legal,” they declared, and “allowable according to his powers to ban countries from entry,” but does that make his order good? That is what I want us to think about today. Just because it CAN happen, SHOULD it have happened? Is the travel ban good? The president said it was “to make America safe.” It was to protect America from people who wanted to … Continue reading My Thoughts the Travel Ban: Is it Good?
We are living in strange times. There have been assertions lately from certain legal teams that the president has the power to pardon himself or herself. No, no sir, the president cannot pardon himself. This was decided long ago by the Department of Justice. “Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself.” – DOJ August 5, 1974 The logic should reason for itself that unless we were living in a corrupt country more akin to a dictatorship, self-pardoning would be a gross misuse of power. We are all, … Continue reading On Ethics and Justice