Republicans seem to have forgotten that we live in a republic. Or, they have forgotten the key differences between a republic and a monarchy.
They seem to like the idea of Mad King Donald.
We fought a seven year war against what was, at the time, the world’s leading military power to rid ourselves of a monarch and create a republic. It’s not perfect, but we do not have to waste public funds supporting a monarch and her prolific, wasteful family.
Until the Republicans inflicted King Donald on our republic, that is. When the king’s, er president’s, son, Eric went to Urugay on Trump company business, you and I, taxpaying citizens, had to pay nearly $100,000 in costs for Secret Service and other public employee involvement in the trip. As of May, Trump’s own golf trips have cost $102 million.
Waste of public money is hardly the worst of King Donald’s royal bad habits. He clearly does not understand that the Founders of our republic very deliberately chose to insulate federal judges from political interference precisely because they were tired of having judges decide cases according to what the monarch wanted rather than according to the law. King Donald exhibited his bad habit of making ridiculous claims about federal judges both before he took office, and after.
People who appreciate the rule of law also appreciate that, in our republic, federal judges can safely ignore idiotic criticisms from both presidential candidates and presidents.
In our republic, presidents serve four year terms, and only two of them, for a total of eight years, if they win election twice. Monarchs serve from the time they ascend the throne until they die, or get overthrown. Trump has stated more than once that he would like to serve as president indefinitely.
Monarchies typically do not have constitutions, since the point of a constitution is to establish clear rules for how government will operate, which necessarily, to some extent, have the effect of limiting the power of government. That was certainly the purpose, and has been the effect, of the U.S. Constitution. King Donald’s desire to serve more than two terms, or to become “president for life,” reflects not only his absurd royalist impulses, but also his inexcusable ignorance of the provisions of the U.S. Constitution, which he swore to “preserve, protect and defend” when he took office.
The power of a monarch is unlimited. The power of the president of the United States is limited in numerous ways under our Constitution.
One of the worst features of monarchies is that there is usually no way to remove a given monarch short of violence, as the English did twice in the 17th century. The Founders put a mechanism into our Constitution for removing corrupt officials, up to and expressly including the president, which is impeachment. Trump likes to call the impeachment of him a “coup,” which is gross nonsense. Many of his Republican toadies have taken up the call, Party loyalty being their only criterion.
This is nonsense of the highest order. A “coup” is an abrupt change of government that has no basis in existing law. One would hope that lawyers working for Trump could remember and acknowledge that the U.S. Constitution plainly empowers the House of Representatives to impeach any federal official. In calling impeachment a coup, they play courtiers to Trump’s king.
Installing a king to govern our republic would be the real coup.
Having a king would be bad enough. Having a grossly incompetent, insane, stupid king like Donald Trump would be far worse.
Long live the republic.