In a moral society, that statement should not be an acceptable justification for unacceptable actions. We know where it can lead in the most extreme scenarios.
This week I will be introducing a resolution in the House (language and idea credit belongs fully to social justice organizer Tim DeChristopher) that we hope will spark some conversations on this important point. To that end, I wanted to post it, in full, here:
Encouraging government officials and citizens to consider the constitutionality and morality of laws and orders emerging from the Trump administration before carrying out such laws and orders.
WHEREAS, The moral principles, democratic institutions, and rule of law of the United States of America are only preserved through the vigilance of the people against threats to liberty, fairness, integrity, independence, and transparency; and
WHEREAS, Donald J. Trump continues to disregard the constitutional separation of powers and threaten the independence of the judiciary branch; and
WHEREAS, The business conflicts of the Trump Organization are a clear violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution and create unknown obligations of Donald J. Trump to the governments of Russia, China, and others; and
WHEREAS, Donald J. Trump refuses to disclose his financial obligations and liabilities through the release of his tax returns as has been the norm for modern presidents; and
WHEREAS, the Trump regime continues to use the office of the presidency to illegally promote the private profit of the Trump brands and intimidate private companies; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations urges all government officials and citizens who are tasked with enforcing the laws and edicts of the Trump regime to carefully consider the legitimacy, constitutionality and morality of those laws and edicts before enforcing them; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we urge all service members and officers in the military and national guard to refuse to engage in violent repression of US citizens and residents engaged in peaceful demonstrations, protests, dissent, and other exercises of First Amendment rights; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we urge border and immigration officials to refuse to implement unconstitutional discrimination based on religion or ethnicity; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we urge all regulatory officials to avoid suppressing necessary information or providing false information to the American people regarding science, economic data, demographic data, or any other facts necessary to the functioning of a fully informed citizenry; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we urge national security and judiciary officials to hold the Trump regime accountable to previously established legal standards; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we urge all citizens serving on jury duty to use the temporary powers granted to them to protect their fellow citizens from draconian repressions based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, class, or political expression. We recognize that the moral responsibility of upholding the fundamental principles, rights, and protections of our nation is a responsibility shared by all people in our society.