Prior to President Trump’s remarkable candidacy for the Presidency, my only knowledge of Donald Trump as a man, and a businessman was just about the same as anybody else’s. I knew he ran a chain of hotels and golf courses, I had read of his involvement in a Scots leisure centre and golfing complex, along with certain civil actions regarding wind turbines planned to be located alongside that complex. I knew Donald Trump had been married two or three times, he actually featured in a t.v. documentary about his private Boeing 757, and how he treated the people who worked for him; and he had a walk-on part (playing himself) in a film which starred Hugh Grant. I had vaguely heard that he also had some sort of t.v. reality series, but since I definitely do not ascribe to that type of t.v. show; that was all I knew.
But the steamroller which was the Trump candidacy, which itself morphed into the Trump Presidency fascinated me, because here was a man who had never, ever bothered about politics: and suddenly he was (within strictly-prescribed limits) the most powerful man in the world. In his barnstorming rallies and speeches, he played to a gallery which, frankly, welcomed a man who literally was of their dreams: he wasn’t a politician, he spoke his mind without caveats, and most and best of all, he stated that he would fulfill his campaign promises. By and large, he has kept his word, except where he has been defeated or delayed by Left-leaning Justices who side with Democratic Party pleas to place judicial roadblocks in his path; or by Republicans who just don’t agree with his plans for, well, anything.
But to examine Trump carefully, we must accept that he is part, a single leg, the Executive; of the American Government, ruled by its own Constitution; with the other two legs being the Legislative (The Senate and the House of Representatives); and the Judicial (Supreme Court and lower Federal Courts). The planners, those visionary revolutionaries who wrote the Constitution, that amazing document which embodies all that is good in America, knew that people are frail, are sometimes easily swayed by rhetoric, by a dream for an easier life, and so they ensured that America would never become a dictatorship; and thus it has been that the dream has endured since those amazing times when a citizen army defeated the world’s most professional soldiers; when the United States was born from the ashes of the Revolution against the rule of a British King and a greedy and insensitive Government. In America, the Legislature proposes and passes Law, the Executive, under the Presidency, ensures that those laws are fulfilled; and the Judicial, comprising the watchful eye of that Supreme Court, ensures that all such Laws are within and what the Constitution allows, no more and no less.
So when President Trump welcomed the brand new Associate Justice to the White House, and arranged for both a second swearing-in ceremony and the equivalent of a Republican Party rally to greet him, it is my belief that President Trump made a mistake. Judge Kavanaugh also erred in accepting that invitation. Why? Because the three parts of that magical triumvirate must always be seen to be absolutely separate, inviolate, and above suspicion. By welcoming that man, a member of the most powerful Court in the land, Trump could be said to be acknowledging that not only was the new Judge his preferred candidate, he could be stating that this was a Judge who owed him a favour, and that, sooner or later, that favour would be collected! That, folks, is why Judge Kavanaugh should not have accepted the invite, and why President Trump should not have invited him!
Oh, and by the bye, Mr. President, no-one found Judge Kavanaugh innocent of anything, because no-one was accused in a court of law, there was no trial, and the only judge was half-a-billion who were watching a television screen.