White House: Proclamation on Law Day, U.S.A., 2020

Reproduced in full from the link.

More than 230 years ago, the Founding Fathers of our Nation crafted a revolutionary and unique form of Government rooted in the rule of law. Today, we continue to enjoy liberty, justice, and equality under the law as set forth and preserved in our Constitution. On Law Day, we celebrate the distinctive framework of our system of Government, which secures individual liberties and protects against arbitrary exercise of government power so that all citizens have the right and the freedom to pursue their American Dream.

In arguing for the ratification of our Constitution, James Madison wisely recognized that in a government “administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” The Framers understood the inherent dangers of consolidated government power and that, in order for our Republic to survive, the power to make, execute, and interpret laws could not be vested in one individual or one institution. They knew that “ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” and accordingly devised an arrangement whereby separate and coequal branches share the power of the Federal Government, each limiting and checking the prerogatives of the others. They also created a system of enumerated powers for the Federal Government, reserving all other powers to the States. In doing so, the Framers limited the powers of the Federal Government and preserved a place of prominence for State and local lawmaking, which they rightly believed to be more responsive to the unique needs of each community.

This year also marks both the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendment, which prohibited denial of the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude, and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which prohibited denial of the right to vote based on sex. The women and men who fought to win a voice for people of color and women in the electoral process strengthened our Union and helped the country better fulfill the founding promise of our Nation — that the power to enact and enforce laws be truly derived “from the consent of the governed.” As we mark these milestones, we pay tribute to the courageous spirit of the trailblazers who made this achievement possible, and take inspiration from their righteous struggle as we continue working to root out and destroy injustice.

We know that our Republic can continue to shine as a beacon of liberty only if Americans diligently defend our Constitution and ensure that its limits are strongly enforced. My Administration has sought to simplify and streamline America’s statutory and regulatory code, checking encroachments by government on individual liberty and unleashing the spirit of genius and innovation that has made America the freest and most prosperous country in the world. Furthermore, one of my top priorities as President has been to nominate and appoint judges who are faithful to the proper role of the judiciary — to interpret the law, not to make it. In all of these efforts, we aim to ensure that the Government can continue to perform its fundamental responsibility to the American people, articulated in the Preamble of the Constitution, to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

On this Law Day, I urge all Americans to honor our shared inheritance of respect for the principles of the rule of law, limited government, and individual liberty. Let us rededicate ourselves to remaining ever vigilant in defending our rights secured by the Constitution so that our experiment in self‑government continues in perpetuity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in accordance with Public Law 87–20, as amended, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2020, as Law Day, U.S.A. I urge all Americans, including government officials, to observe this day by reflecting upon the importance of the rule of law in our Nation and displaying the flag of the United States in support of this national observance; and I especially urge the legal profession, the press, and the radio, television, and media industries to promote and to participate in the observance of this day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

10 thoughts on “White House: Proclamation on Law Day, U.S.A., 2020

  1. Does anyone else see the irony of one Donald J. Trump signing such a proclamation with the phrase “The Framers understood the inherent dangers of consolidated government power and that, in order for our Republic to survive, the power to make, execute, and interpret laws could not be vested in one individual or one institution. They knew that “ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” and accordingly devised an arrangement whereby separate and coequal branches share the power of the Federal Government, each limiting and checking the prerogatives of the others.”

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      1. A man who dreams of becoming an autocratic ruler signs this and you call me out for pointing it out.

        A libertarian such as yourself should be appalled at what he has been doing for the past three plus years. Yet you aren’t. You defend his every breath.

        Who can’t help himself? Pot meet kettle!

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        1. Do you not realize that since he took office, President Trump has used Executive Orders to REDUCE the power of the Executive Branch.

          Thousands of regulations have been either eliminated or reduced in scope. The size of bureaucracies has been reduced by not replacing attrition. Powers the Federal government seized in recent decades have been returned to the states.

          Trump has been the least autocratic President we have had since Reagan.

          You are simply projecting your own inner tyrant of Trump.

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          1. You must be watching a different president. Regulations are one thing. But IGNORING the role of Congress and denigrating the courts, not to mention attacking the media as the “enemy of the people” because they don’t kowtow to his demagoguery is the trait of an autocrat. You are so enamored whit the deregulation that you are missing the larger picture.

            It is not projecting. It is seeing with my own eyes and hearing with my own ears that this man is a wannabe tyrant and is using his salesman skills to convince the country that he is doing the right thing. Even when he isn’t. 40 some odd percent will always believe him even if he says the sky is brown and the dirt is blue. Are you going to fall into that category? Or have you already?

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          2. It’s the other way around, if Trump says the sky is blue, you will insist it is brown.

            Deregulation and Federalism are the larger picture.

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          3. Once again you attempt to distract from the point that it is ironic for Trump, who’s disdain for Congress the courts and the media would have the audacity to sign such a proclamation that included the phrase I quoted.

            If calling a spade a spade is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

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          4. But I’ll play along.

            If Trump says the sky is blue, I’m not going to say it is brown. I’m gonna go see if it is, not take him at his word. Why is that? Because his record of lying goes back way before this forum and I don’t trust snake-oil salesman.

            “Deregulation and Federalism are the larger picture.”

            Sounds like someone wants to politicize a national health emergency. I thought only Democrats did that?

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          5. What does that have to do with the current emergency? Trump has been dismantling the bureaucracy since he took office.

            Most of what I am talking about took place before anyone ever heard of the virus.

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  2. The rule of law indeed.

    The mention of the 15th Amendment is wonderful, but very incomplete. In the case of voting rights, they were not established until the Civil Rights legislation, particularly the Voting Rights Act, which was needed to make sure the rule of law applied to all citizens. A century later.

    In 2016, a key provision, of that act was stripped away by a conservative SCOTUS ruling. Before the ink was dry, NC passed new voting laws specifically designed to hinder minority voting.

    “U.S. Appeals Court Strikes Down North Carolina’s Voter ID Law”

    “In its ruling, the appeals court said the law was intentionally designed to discriminate against black people. North Carolina legislators had requested data on voting patterns by race and, with that data in hand, drafted a law that would “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision,” the court said.“

    https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/15/528457693/supreme-court-declines-republican-bid-to-revive-north-carolina-voter-id-law

    The point here is that the Republican mantra and “bragging point” put forth in this proclamation rings a bit hollow considering the pride in removing regulatory support for the rule of law. Never mind the wholesale stripping of regs that allowed us to breathe clean air and drink clean water under the premise of profit being more important than health.

    IMHO

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