The executive is in charge of the Justice Dept, which is headed up by the Attorney General’s office, with Federal prosecutors below. The FBI investigates cases for these two, who then prosecute, …when called for,…and at the discretion of the prosecutor, which is to say at the discretion of the president, his boss. This is the highest put-them-in-jail team there is. In the US, certainly. That is, according to the Constitution. So the president is the ultimate “Book ’em, Dano” guy.
But we’re a long way from 1787.
The quaint old Constitution has no juice anymore. It’s been so routinely abused, ignored, and out-maneuvered that everyone seems in on the scam. “My lawyer says it’s okay.” “Yes Mr. President.” “Nothing to see here. Move right along.” “Yes, Mr. President.”
“How votes the Congressman from the eighth district of Virginia?” “I vote aye, on The Authorization to Use Military Force.”
“Which law shall we use today?” “What does it say?” “What do you want it to say?” “I want it to say, “Yes , Mr. President.” ” “Well then, that’s just what it says.” “Thank you, Mr. Attorney General.” “Yes, Mr. President.”
That’s why it’s so ridiculous to imagine the president enforcing the law,…or obeying it. That’s just not the way the world works. Serious people understand that. That’s why they’re called grown-ups.
But people go into the voting booth every few years and vote for a president. They can write down any old name. If enough people write down the same name, that guy gets the job. Theoretically, I’m saying.
And when he says, “Book ’em, Dano!”– he can do that, remember — a process is set in motion. Like a law of nature. Theoretically.
It seems radical. The notion of the President obeying the law. It shouldn’t, but it does. Why is that? Why is it that, for The President, obeying the law, same as anybody else, just well, doesn’t… doesn’t compute? (Now clearly, plenty of folks break the law pretty regularly, but when they do, and someone notices, they get a dose of “the process”.)
And the notion of the President enforcing the law? Well that would be… unexpected,…on account of all his mafia-like law-breaking buddies. Breaking the law on the country’s behalf, and on his orders. Can’t arrest them. What’s the sense in that?. It’d be like arresting himself. Never been done. Not gonna happen. No “perp walk”, no going to jail, for any of the top-most folks, those conducting matters of state. So they’ve got this unwritten deal, the Dems and Repubs. No one in the political class gets arrested. Impeached maybe, but not arrested. You started doing that and where would it end? Everyone would have to go to jail. Can’t have that. Who would run things? The Accountability Party, that’s who!
On the world stage, govts are like little mafias, lawless powers. There’s just no world cop to keep them in check. So only the other lawless mafias can step in. So, with all that lawlessness runnin’ loose in the world, government officials must remain free, free of the law, free to act, free to counter the lawlessness of any of the other equally lawless state adversaries with a dose of “back at you”. They mustn’t be hobbled by prissy legalisms. The nation wouldn’t be safe. At least, that’s what the agents of the state say.
“Perps” is what I say.
So, “Book ’em, Dano’ is what the president can say,…if he ever decided to. I’m thinkin’ you’d be seein’ some seriously surprised “grown-ups”. And some serious “messiness”. But hey, new paradigms with new rules tend to get messy. Remain calm and take a deep breath. This too shall pass.
“Book ’em , Dano!” “Book ’em all, Dano!”
It’s not about revenge. It’s about escaping the long since overgrown entanglement of corruption, and then starting out with a clean slate.
This is the quality of Accountability.