When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed on Sunday it marked the end of an era. But never fear, those ever-popular clowns are still with us. They lack the grease paint, rubber noses, and orange hair that made us laugh. In fact, these clowns aren’t funny at all. They sit on the federal courts at virtually every level.
Perhaps the best known are the clowns on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who refused to overturn a federal clown in Seattle who barred President Trump’s travel ban and are now wrestling with essentially the same issue from a clown on the bench in Hawaii involving travel ban number 2.
After hearing arguments, they are currently preforming twists and turns, like those high-flying circus trapeze artists that entertained us under the Big Top for more than 146 years, sans the tight sequined outfits.
It appears they are attempting to dazzle us, again, with their ability to read the president’s mind. They likely will tell us, that underneath this urgent need to protect our nation by temporarily banning foreign travel from six, majority Muslin countries — the very countries the Obama Administration identified as sources of terror — beats the heart of a man who hates Muslims. Never mind the fact that Obama, who never went all-in on anything, had placed limited restrictions on travelers who had visited these countries. Never mind that trying to read someone’s mind is a little like trying to nail Jello to a tree. And, never mind all those statements the president made in support of Muslims. We are supposed to simply forget about those.
This is similar to a group of clowns on the 4th Circuit (10 of the 13 were appointed by Clinton and Obama) who, just two weeks earlier, engaged in similar gyrations in order to support another clown, Theodore Chuang, masquerading as a judge in Maryland. In March, Chuang concluded, drawing from selected statements Trump made during his campaign, that the president’s revised travel ban is discriminatory and likely violates the Constitution by disfavoring Muslims.
Clowns, as everyone knows, operate in a fantasy world. However, when the circus is over and the curtains over the door of the Big Top are opened, we go out into the light of the real world.
Last weekend, this fantasy evoked by the federal courts collided with the real world in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when Trump addressed heads of state from 55 Muslim countries, including four of the six countries affected by the travel ban.
The meeting itself was unprecedented. Add to that the fact that all these Muslim leaders gathered to pay their respect and applaud President Trump in his effort to combat terrorism from Islamist extremists. This historic event showed these jurists to be nothing more than the clowns they really are — cheap political hacks, willing to sacrifice the Constitution and the safety of this country on the altar of political correctness.
This is not to say that all federal judges are clowns. However, it seems the Ninth Circuit and the Fourth Circuit have more than their share of them.
Clearly, the weight of law and history is on the president’s side when it comes to his right to issue a temporary travel ban from these nations. Unlike other Muslim-majority nations that have a history of terrorism, these six countries do not assist the U.S. in providing background checks and other vetting of immigrant applicants. Therefore, it was not only Trump’s right to do so, it was most reasonable.
Our founding fathers gave us a system with three co-equal branches of government. While we citizens were sleeping, the judiciary has been allowed to usurp the power of the other two. Bear in mind that it is precisely this system which has allowed our country to become the world’s longest ongoing constitutional republic.
We citizens must not allow this to continue. The Constitution clearly states in Article III, Section 1: Judges, both of the Supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior.
How do you remove a judge for bad behavior? Through impeachment. This is the responsibility of our duly elected representatives in Congress. However, the people’s representatives have grown lazy. They prefer not to “rock the boat.” They simply want to skate through the next election by avoiding controversy.
Unfortunately, the clowns in the judiciary are only surpassed by the clowns in the media, who make their living, not by reporting the truth, but by fanning the flames of controversy.
Clowns are funny in the circus. However, they are a disgrace in the media and have no place on the bench.