Alan Dershowitz — My Favorite Liberal

Professor Alan Dershowitz is a liberal and not just because I say so. He describes himself as a liberal. He’s also my favorite liberal. I like him because he’s an honest liberal and he’s smart. He takes stands on some issues that I find sickening, but he’s forthright and always makes an intelligent argument for what he believes.

Right now he believes his fellow Democrats, his fellow liberals, are making a huge mistake in the way they are going after Trump.

Dershowitz: Comey confirms that I’m right – and all the Democratic commentators are wrong

In his testimony former FBI director James Comey echoed a view that I alone have been expressing for several weeks, and that has been attacked by nearly every Democratic pundit.

Comey confirmed that under our Constitution, the president has the authority to direct the FBI to stop investigating any individual. I paraphrase, because the transcript is not yet available: the president can, in theory, decide who to investigate, who to stop investigating, who to prosecute and who not to prosecute. The president is the head of the unified executive branch of government, and the Justice Department and the FBI work under him and he may order them to do what he wishes.

As a matter of law, Comey is 100 percent correct. As I have long argued, and as Comey confirmed in his written statement, our history shows that many presidents—from Adams to Jefferson, to Lincoln, to Roosevelt, to Kennedy, to Bush 1, and to Obama – have directed the Justice Department with regard to ongoing investigations. The history is clear, the precedents are clear, the constitutional structure is clear, and common sense is clear.

Yet virtually every Democratic pundit, in their haste to “get” President Trump, has willfully ignored these realities. In doing so they have endangered our civil liberties and constitutional rights.

Because they are trying to criminalize political disagreement. Dershowitz hasn’t said this as far as I know, but I wonder if the Trump haters don’t realize that they are giving birth to a style of politics that can be used against a future Democrat president.

  • Mike Fitzpatrick

    Just a thought, but why can one President free criminals such as the Puerto Rican bomber but this President cannot decide to end an investigation in which he has been told that he is not being investigated? This whole Comey thing is a lot of malarkey. I only hope that Donald Trump has the fortitude and will to outlast his enemies. Personally, I feel that he is such a unique individual that he triumph. Right makes might!!!

    • Mike, I bet you can answer your own question but the answer is one that we’d like to deny because it’s demoralizing. It casts our fate to hopelessness if we don’t see it for what it is.

      The answer, of course, it that there is a double standard in American politics that is vigorously enforced by the Democrats, their pals in the media, the <a href="http://Deep State“>Deep State, and even some Republicans. The media condemns Republicans for certain things but will praise Democrats for the same or even worse. Democrats are given a pass on lying to voters, sexual indiscretions, abject hypocrisy, political corruption, and other bad deeds of all sorts. Republicans are not allowed to do things anywhere near as despicable. If Republicans don’t break any written or unwritten rules made for them by Democrats, the Democrats will simply make something up and try to make it a scandal. The Media will wholeheartedly support them in that effort.

      The underlying cause is that Democrats seek power above all else and set out to get it by any means necessary.

      The different treatment for Republicans has a simple explanation. Democrats and their accomplices in the media absolutely hate Republicans, and they reserve their most visceral hatred for any Republican who is successful at gaining voter approval. They view such a person as a threat to their power, and that’s why they hate Donald Trump. He had the audacity of win an election against what they consider to be the smartest woman in the world, the most gracious, the most competent, and with the name Clinton to boot, which they consider sacred.

      So why do some Republican join this chorus line? Because they are opportunistic and believe they can make the media and the Democrats like them if they criticize their fellow Republicans. The names that come to mind here are John McCain, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Lindsey Graham. McCain has made a political career out of this tactic. It’s gets him attention from the media and the Democrats but not the love he seeks.

      You will never see an elected Democrat criticize another elected Democrat. These Republicans are fools because the media and the Democrats will continue to hate them but they are also willing to accept their assistance in demonizing other Republicans.

      • Mike Fitzpatrick

        Tee Jaw,
        Thank you for the detailed response to my rhetorical question. I feel our government has come to the point of good vs. evil. We are seemingly divided more deeply than anytime since the Civil War. Only that the Civil War was over, among other things, the moral issue of slavery. In my opinion we are now facing a government which wishes to enslave all of us. When Donald Trump was elected, I felt there was a God. The question is will he be able to rally the support he needs. Or are we too far into our slide into the abyss. I’m positive in that I feel that its not too late and we have elected a man who will fight back against the Democrats and those in his own party who intend to undermine him!