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No, I did not watch the State of the Union address. I decided to wait until the morning to curl up into a ball to await the end of American democracy.
Donald Trump Just Asked Congress to End the Rule of Law
Under the cover of his soothing rhetoric about unity and bipartisanship, Trump called on Congress to give him unprecedented and unquestionably antidemocratic powers: “Tonight,” he said, “I call on the congress to empower every Cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers—and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.”
By design, it is easy to overlook the true significance of the second half of that phrase. But dwell on it for a moment, and imagine what this would actually look like in practice. Under Trump’s proposal, any Cabinet secretary could decide that, say, a law enforcement official investigating the president had “undermined the public trust” or “failed the American people”—and fire him on the spot. In other words, Trump is calling for an end to any semblance of independence for the IRS, the FBI, the Department of Justice, or any other federal agency.
It could not be more obvious that Trump is trying to create for himself the position that Putin has in Russian right now. He already ignored and defied the rule of law by allowing the deadline to impose sanctions on Russia to pass without doing the thing Congress ordered him to do. Now he wants the people he appoints to just be able to fire anybody they want on the spot.
What's next in this American hellscape?
I've also heard that there was a shit ton of scapegoating Latinx people and immigrants, so yeah, prepare for even worse persecution of those vulnerable groups. Should be a horrifying year.