Faced with legal hurdles to his travel ban executive order, Donald Trump recently said, “We will win that battle.”
Another official said the administration will be “very aggressive” on this issue.
I’ve written a fair amount on this topic (without getting much response), so I won’t bother writing some lengthy post on it again. However, it does remind me of the contrast between an ordinary citizen’s amount of power and the level of power the American people — for whatever reason — afford a president. When I ask myself, “What am I going to do for the next half hour?,” it’s usually something mundane, like watching a movie or going out to buy a cappuccino. To think that, in a half hour’s time, I’d ever be able to ban international travel with a stroke of a pen? That would be like expecting to encounter fire breathing unicorns. These simply are not expectations or concerns I’m likely to have.
So where do people get these ideas from? Why have these expectations for anyone? What makes Donald Trump or anyone else think, “Hey, I’d like to be able to ban travel from 7 different countries or more”? A simple answer is arrogance. Another, perhaps more nuanced, answer is that’s it’s because people let these things happen. As a whole, we make such power seem normal. We choose to have these battles, or elect someone to create such battles out of thin air. Not every country is doing things quite like this. The United States has put itself in a unique position.
Personally, I’d rather deal with those unicorns.