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It is twelve o’clock and a Chapin Library holding is under fire now …

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My post White House Lawyers Up last spring 2017 was seen as ‘jumping over the shark’

Please, Librarian Hammond,  protect the Chapin Collection’s Mason draft from the conflagration. It may be needed for reference.

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#1 Comment By PTC On December 8, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

Dick,

The sad part is that “Williams people” need this reflection as well. We all need it.

It seems we have become extreme in our left and right leanings, and forgotten about that “thing” called our Consitution that hangs around our necks like some foreboding love necklace.

#2 Comment By Dick Swart On December 8, 2017 @ 10:34 pm

PTC,

I agree: both right and left need reminding that we live with a written Constitution.

Our guarantees of rights are protected. For this reason, I think the phrase ‘”hangs around our necks” may not be the image I would choose.

I prefer to think of the Constitution and the Supreme Court as protection for us as citizens and individuals.

#3 Comment By frank uible On April 13, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

Of course in politics integrity is nearly always subordinated to gaining advantage.

#4 Comment By Alum-Anon On April 13, 2018 @ 3:25 pm

The problems have arisen as the phrase “the equal protection of the laws” is disregarded in favor of deciding that some citizens are not deserving of it. When this disregard emerges from the pursuit of political advantage, it is “an attack on our country, in a true sense” and “unfair” – which is a far cry, incidentally, from “L’Etat, c’est moi.”

Of course, it is far easier to make an emotional case for ditching the principle of equal protection if you repeatedly compare the target to Hitler, Mussolini, or the Sun King – which incidentally, is where and how Dick “jumped the shark.”

#5 Comment By JCD 📌 On April 13, 2018 @ 3:59 pm

Jumped the shark and dove into its throat.

#6 Comment By frank uible On April 13, 2018 @ 4:43 pm

Swart, my confusion over the news is, I guess, explained by my three hip replacements.

#7 Comment By Alum-Anon On April 13, 2018 @ 5:33 pm

frank uible says:

Swart, my confusion over the news is, I guess, explained by my three hip replacements.

I dunno, Frank, I recall tuning into CNN and seeing this:

https://i.imgur.com/tn5zKKP.jpg

#8 Comment By Me On April 13, 2018 @ 7:16 pm

Sorry JCD, this thread is for Williams folx only

#9 Comment By Alum-Anon On April 13, 2018 @ 9:24 pm

Me says:
Sorry JCD, this thread is for Williams folx only

As a former Williams faculty member with an ongoing interest in the college, JCD qualifies.

#10 Comment By Dick Swart On April 13, 2018 @ 9:31 pm

Just a thought. As Trump stated … an attack on his lawyer is tatamount to an attack on America.

This would seem to be a conflation of our country to himself and/or interests.

He may have been using the country as a stand-in for client-attorney privilege but given his sense of thought and language, I doubt it. Many times this type of Trump statement is explained as a “joke” or “he was joking”. I don’t think this was a joke. Such as perhaps “Je suis le marais”.

#11 Comment By Alum-Anon On April 14, 2018 @ 12:46 am

I think you made your opinion on this abundantly clear in your initial post on the subject. Your response begs the question of what will remain of the United States of America once the principle of equal protection under the law has been abandoned, in favor of promoting the interests and agenda of a single party.

#12 Comment By Alum-Anon On April 14, 2018 @ 1:33 am

He may have been using the country as a stand-in for client-attorney privilege but given his sense of thought and language, I doubt it.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/983662868540346371

#13 Comment By abl On April 14, 2018 @ 8:39 pm

Alum-Anon —

You’ve mentioned equal protection a couple of times, but I feel like I’m missing some context: in what way do you believe that the equal protection clause has been violated?

#14 Comment By Fendertweed On April 17, 2018 @ 10:16 am

… crickets …