In the wake of the latest, unsubstantiated claims by The Washington Post of President Trump revealing top secret classified Intel to the Russian envoy, the Left has been provided a blast of lighter fluid for their “Communist Red” embers. In what will sure to be the cover story for the 24/7 news cycle throughout the remaining days of the week, the story of Trump’s braggadocio zeal regarding his impeccable Intel will certainly embolden the Antifa squads across our nation. Causally chest thumping about ISIS plots to weaponize lap tops with our adversaries is indeed very troubling. But, let’s remember: it’s the same media source that’s crying over Democracy’s death…somewhere in a dark alleyway.
Of course, this has led to the activist crowd, who are completely void of self awareness, to project the words of the Emoluments Clause from ARTICLE I, SECTION 9, CLAUSE 8 of the Constitution on the front of Trump International. This states:
“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
The prohibition on federal titles of nobility—reinforced by the corresponding prohibition on state titles of nobility in Article I, Section 10, and more generally by the republican Guarantee Clause in Article IV, Section 4—was designed to underpin the republican character of the American government. In the ample sense James Madison gave the term in The Federalist No. 39, a republic was “a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during good behavior.”
Republicanism so understood was the ground of the constitutional edifice. The prohibition on titles of nobility buttressed the structure by precluding the possibility of an aristocracy, whether hereditary or personal, whose members would inevitably assert a right to occupy the leading positions in the state.
Apparently someone is projecting this on the Trump hotel in DC right: pic.twitter.com/TmohYBSwef
— Derek Dye (@voterdye) May 16, 2017
The Emoluments Clause, being projected onto Trump International Hotel — located on Pennsylvania Ave. just blocks away from the White House. https://t.co/9aXACrsGdE
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) May 16, 2017
Let’s not forget something that’s seemingly glossed over with this latest stunt. Foreign influence of money in politics isn’t confined to the Tangelo Savior in Chief. It’s a wider scope than that. I tell ya, someone who profited off of money from foreign governments at the expense of national security deserves this…
Am I the only one who thinks it will be galactically ironic if Trump's presidency came down over the mishandling of classified information?
— neontaster (@neontaster) May 16, 2017
Isn’t it ironic? Don’t ya think?