Government exercises legal, and moral authority only if it observes these limitations. When it operates outside the law, it exercises power with malice. That defines criminal activity.
No bureaucrat has yet taken responsibility for treatment that, in some ways, is worse than that Louise and David Turpin visited on their sons and daughters.
I thought about rights and the law this week, as items in the news lead to those subjects these days.
We make sure the adolescent girls are raped no more than once or maybe twice a week. That way they can recover. As for the boys, we put them in the secure housing unit only when necessary.
The administrative state creates horrific procedures and places, places where people suffer, and pretends that’s just how it has to be. That is exactly the way officials who justify the practices talk about them: that is how it has to be.
When you demonstrate your ability to mistreat people who come to you for help because they have no protection, you turn laws on their head. Laws no longer protect the weak from you, or from others with power. Instead, you use the law to make the weak suffer.
That’s what America First means now. It means America Last. We not only relinquish our leadership, we now aspire to descend into our own shithole of ignominy, incivility, thoughtlessness, and weakness. Thank you, Donald Trump, for your service. You say you want to make America great again. Just like you are.