Opinion: Law & Order — the Political Intent episode

Opinion: Law & Order — the Political Intent episode

“Law & Order” aired for 20 seasons on NBC, telling stories of police and prosecutors enforcing the law. “LAW & ORDER!” is also a frequent phrase in Tweets by the TV-show president currently occupying the White House as a reason to re-elect him. President Trump’s vision of law and order is using arms of the government — police, military and whatever other agency he can think of — to, at best, enforce laws, and at worst, to further political and personal objectives. It does not include enforcing Constitutional liberties against government authority. We all have rules to follow. Criminal codes limit and prohibit conduct deemed harmful to society. Constitutional rights limit the power of the government. What we think of Constitutional rights are often the amendments to the Constitution. In its original form, the “Supreme Law of the Land” did not contain those guarantees. The Bill of Rights originated in response to criticism, during the time between its drafting and ratification, that the Constitution was centralizing too much power into the federal government at the expense of states and individuals. Those first 10 amendments only restricted the power of the federal government when they were ratified in 1791. The Fourteenth Amendment, which imposed due process and equal protection requirements on state and local governments, incorporated many of the Bill of Rights’ protections. Trump believes in free speech until someone says something he doesn’t like. He Tweeted that the government would “strongly regulate” or close down social media platforms because […]

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