Advancing a Left-Liberal Jurisprudence
Winning elections isn’t enough. Progressive majorities need to be willing to invest significant political capital in judges who are committed to a left-liberal jurisprudence.
Uphold the Oath
Federal employees are publicly reaffirming their loyalty, patriotism, and commitment to the Constitution.
Congress’s Personnel Power
Congress should engender a robust administrative separation of powers, ensuring that a forceful bureaucracy (and an engaged public) can advance congressional priorities and check those of the President
First Tragedy, Now Farce
Those who forget history are indeed doomed to repeat it. But when history repeats, it often shifts in the repetition: first acts come as tragedy and then return as farce. By many measures, Nixon was a tragic figure. Trump, by contrast, is pure farce. And unlike tragedies, farces don’t end with a flash of recognition—a moment of self-awareness like King Lear’s on the heath. Farces just keep going until someone cries "enough!"
American Cognitive Dissonance
Perhaps some good may come from Trump’s ham-fisted efforts to drain the swamp: a revitalization of the bureaucracy, which renders important services to the nation.