Brian Schoeneman writes over at Bearing Drift about how the acting Attorney General’s move regarding Trump’s temporary immigrant executive order is tantamount to mutiny:
It is not her job to decide whether a law or executive order is constitutional. She doesn’t have that authority. She can raise questions, she can make arguments, she can advise the President that in her opinion what he’s asking for is likely to be overturned by a court. She is not, however, a court. Her opinions are not binding. And she does not, under our system of government, have the power to override an executive action, or to substitute her judgment for the President’s simply because she disagrees with what he’s done.
Twice in my professional career I have had to resign in the face of being asked to perform or condone acts which I deemed repugnant to my own conscience. It is not comfortable, and untrue things are almost always said in response… but the only response?
St. Thomas More did precisely this when he resigned as chancellor to the King of England — specifically because his conscience was challenged in such a way that it could not be reconciled with his duties. Silence was his only response to the calumnies of others… and despite this, More was eventually martyred.
The only appropriate response is silence. Not kicking the trash can when you leave, not pulling a political stunt that I am quite certain will net $40K speaking fees among a political left desperate for heroes. Packing your gear and making the transition as possible as one can.
Meanwhile, this exposition by the political left in the face of “illegal” Trump executive orders (they are not) that the law and process suits them only when it furthers their own interest? Only further emboldens the political right.
That’s not a good thing. Nor is this sort of petulance in the interest of the common good. Worse, it will generate precisely the sort of outrage fatigue that — when something really stupid happens — the public interest will not be able to pierce through such fog.
If you want to read what one should do in dangerous times, the life of St. Thomas More would be a good start. In modern times, there are certainly lessons of what not to do.