We’re not in danger of becoming a banana republic: we’re too big a country for that. Instead, we’ve become a country as lawless as Russia or China, where power, not the rule of law, runs the agenda. Just as Putin’s minions abrogate contracts at his will, we now throw out contractual obligations to bond holders (GM, Puerto Rico), the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court reads the political message from the executive branch of government and meekly declares constitutional a law that clearly isn’t, and we enforce laws only as the whim of the president dictates, we prosecute, and don’t prosecute, as that same executive decides.
FBI Director Comey decides against prosecuting Clinton because he found “no intent” to violate the law. That’s not required by the relevant law, but who cares?
The Attorney General of the United States meets secretly with the husband of someone under investigation by the FBI, and who cares?
Richard Posner, a once respected federal judge who several times has been considered for a seat on the Supreme Court, declared last week that there is “absolutely no value in the Constitution of the United States.”
Richard Posner is wrong, but his summary of what now passes for our country’s legal system is spot on.