That is to say, the administration is testing the extent to which the DHS (and other executive agencies) can act and ignore orders from the other branches of government. This is as serious as it can possibly get: all of the arguments about whether order X or Y is unconstitutional mean nothing if elements of the government are executing them and the courts are being ignored.
Yesterday was the trial balloon for a coup d’état against the United States. It gave them useful information.
“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus – and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it – that unless you’re free the machine will be prevented from working at all!!”
Hey, America! Been traveling overseas for a week – did I miss anything?
With apologies to Alexander Hamilton and his hatchet men in the pamphlet wars, part of this seems quite appropriate today:
At length this Cataline stands confessed in all his villainy—His inveterate hatred of the Constitution of the United States has long been displayed in one steady undeviating course of hostility to every measure which the solid interests of the Union demand—His political perfidiousness and intrigues are also pretty generally known, and even his own party have avowed their jealousy and fear of a character, which, to great talents adds the deepest dissimulation and an entire devotion to self-interest, and self-aggrandizement—But there is a NEW TRAIT in this man’s character, to be unfolded to the view of an indignant public!—His abandoned profligacy, and the numerous unhappy wretches, who have fallen victims to this accomplished and but too successful debauchee, have indeed been long known to those whom familiar habits of vice, or the amiable offices of humanity have led to the wretched haunts of female prostitution—But it is time to draw aside the curtain in which he has thus far been permitted to conceal himself by the forbearance of his enemies, by the anxious interference of his friends, and much more by his own crafty contrivances and unbounded prodigality.
Remember: while they celebrate, keep working.
The older I get, the more I think this may be the greatest moment in American television history.
Make 2017 the year we stop demanding that trauma survivors disclose their entire Tragic Backstory for others to decide whether or not their fears, triggers, and boundaries are valid.
The problem, and the good news, is that The Young Pope as an online phenomenon relies on a version of The Young Pope that doesn’t actually exist: a version that isn’t cognizant of how ridiculous it is, and doesn’t take full advantage of that ridiculousness. If you’re just looking to fire off some jokes in exchange for virtual hearts, or even if you’re HBO — viewers are viewers, ironic or not — that doesn’t change much. It also doesn’t make the gap between the two Young Popes any less fascinating, nor the internet’s ability to create an entire alternate show for the sole purpose of reacting to it sight unseen. All that’s left is to see whether The Young Pope as we’ve joked it into being can coexist with The Young Pope as it actually is.