The greatest contribution of the Trump Administration has been to reveal the utter futility of our laws and our legal system in the face of anyone with any power.
A couple of weeks ago, a federal court says that Congress has subpoena power!
Yet here a federal court says Congress doesn’t have subpoena power.
Yes, the technical word differences are obvious in the statements, but that’s not the point.
Forget the politics for a second and just hold for a moment the idea that you stick nine of the smartest legal minds in the country in a room and on ANYTHING that counts, they are split nearly evenly! That’s not a legal system, it’s civil war!
REALLY?? It’s 2020 and we’re only just finding out that no one had to show up to any hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities? Was McCarthyism even necessary?
Could all those people have just said, “Hey, Congress can subpoena, but nothing happens if we don’t show up, so party on?”
If it’s even possible to have a debate about whether Congress has subpoena power, then we should just start learning Russian or Chinese or whatever our new masters will want. We’ll make excellent drones.
Of course, it’s not possible to say no to Congress. What we are actually witnessing is a variation of what African Americans have known for centuries; that there are two legal systems, one for white people and one for black. Only it seems there is more to it than that.
Just you try and not show up for a subpoena-induced Congressional appointment. There’ll be a federal marshal outside your house and cuffs on your wrists before you can say “…but your honor!”
The Trump Administration is revealing that there are, in fact, two Congresses and two justice systems, enforcing two sets of laws, one for the powerful and one for regular folk, and it’ll take more than one election result to fix that.