“Go Back” is Never Valid

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President Fist

It gets tiring having to point out over and over how our current, so called president exhibits zero understanding of the Constitution he swore an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend,” U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 1, para. 7.

But it is regrettably true that, for Donald Trump, words are just words that have no meaning. So he took that oath, as every other president of the United States has done upon assuming the office, knowing full well, if we can say he knows anything, that he knows nothing at all about this Constitution that he swore to preserve, protect, and defend.

We have numerous examples of his obvious, glaring ignorance of the U.S. Constitution, but he has recently given us perhaps the ugliest of the lot.

Responding to criticism of his very poor job performance from a group of Democratic House members, so called president Trump told them to “go back” to their supposedly “broken and crime infested” countries. Three of them were born in the United States and the fourth is a naturalized citizen.

None of which matters at all. The First Amendment to the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The Supreme Court has quite reasonably interpreted this to apply to government at all levels and all branches, since Congress is the ultimate source of law, and thus of government, in the United States. Note, “the right of the people…” This amendment makes no distinction of citizenship status. It applies to all “people.”

Given these rights, to free speech, to peaceable assembly, and to petition government, it is never appropriate or reasonable to tell anyone to leave the United States for criticizing our government. When ordinary citizens do that anyway, we just ignore them, knowing they have zero power to effect their ill informed wishes in the matter.

It is inconceivable that the president could deport members of Congress. Any such attempt would go before a federal judge and even a Trump appointee would be hard pressed to find anywhere in U.S. law any valid basis for deporting a member of Congress for criticizing the president.

So that outcome is highly unlikely. What does happen every time Trump makes a stupid comment like this is that he confirms further that he does not understand what our Constitution says or how it works.

Trump embarrasses the presidency, he embarrasses the United States, daily.

Democrats should impeach him.

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Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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