[guest post by Dana]
In spite of the idea of an “elective monarchy” having been rejected when it was proposed at the Constitutional convention, it has been disturbing to watch Americans act as if Trump is akin to a king with extensive powers presiding over the land. It’s far more disturbing, though, to see said king be deified by Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs:
“This is a president who’s already — in my opinion, he’s already historic, but in my opinion, he’s also already one of the greatest presidents and with another four years, in which to get more done, he’s already set a standard, Congressman, for presidents that most mortals won’t be able to meet. He outworks them. He outthinks. He is remarkably resourceful. He’s bright. His judgment is second to none.”
The above statement was made by Dobbs four days ago. And while you might write him off as little more than a nut job, Dobbs recently reached 40 consecutive months as the most-watched cable business host, so clearly someone is watching. While he may not have the audience that a Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson have, he is nonetheless influencing Americans with his fantastical propaganda.
Two days after Dobbs made the above statement, he stepped further into the murky muck of delusion when he dared to to take Americans to task for not understanding their obligations to this president:
Lou Dobbs attacks America for not understanding we have an obligation to serve Donald Trump
"It is a shame that this country which is benefitting so much from this president's leadership does not understand their obligations to this leader who is making it possible" pic.twitter.com/z7wFNroxJJ
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) January 7, 2020
“We’ve seen in the Republican Party great unity behind this president, great strength in his leadership. It is a shame that this country which has — is benefiting so much from this president’s leadership does not understand their obligations to the leader who is making it possible for all of us.”
Dobbs is spectacularly befuddled if he truly believes (and I think he does) that Americans have any obligations whatsoever to this president (or any president, for that matter):
In a constitutional republic, the people have no obligation to any politician, not even the president. He works for us. We give him the job and pay his salary. It is our duty as a self-governing people to monitor what he does and make our own decisions as to whether that policy is in our personal interests and the collective national interest. We have no obligation to overlook the president’s crimes because the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up. That’s core to Dobbs’ appeal here, tailored for business leaders who’ve made money while the president attacks the separation of powers undergirding our system of government and extorts foreign governments into attacking our elections and monetizes his office for personal gain. The only way we would have such a mandatory devotion to The Leader is if we now believe the president is the state, and that patriotism is allegiance to the current political leadership rather than the Constitution of the republic. This is possibly the most un-American sentiment possible, but it’s certainly starting to take hold.
(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)