We are a Nation of laws. Nobody, not even the President, is above the law. This foundational principle keeps us from sliding away from democracy into a government like the despotism we rejected in our Declaration of Independence.
Donald Trump doesn’t think the laws apply to him. He demands loyalty from the DOJ and FBI, and rages against – or fires – those who refuse to abide his demand. He has repeatedly condemned his Attorney General for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, and failing to protect him from the Special Counsel. And now his Justice Department is showing the same disdain for the law as its leader. The Justice Department’s announcement that it would not defend the Affordable Care Act is the most lawless act we have ever seen from an agency that is supposed to be non-partisan. As this article explains, it is “a rule by whim” and it should scare all of us.
Tom McClintock has yet to condemn the DOJ’s lawless decision, and we doubt that he will. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.