He writes in WaPo:
Donald Trump’s distinctive rhetorical style — think of a drunk with a bullhorn reading aloud James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” under water — poses an almost insuperable challenge to people whose painful duty is to try to extract clarity from his effusions. For example, on Friday, during a long stream of semi-consciousness in Fort Worth, this man who as president would nominate members of the federal judiciary vowed to “open up” libel laws to make it easier to sue — to intimidate and punish — people who write “negative” things. Well.Will then goes on in the piece to promote the horrific establishment puppet, Marco Rubio. But the point is he gets Trump right.
Trump, the thin-skinned tough guy, resembles a campus crybaby who has wandered out of his “safe space.” It is not news that he has neither respect for nor knowledge of the Constitution, and he probably is unaware that he would have to “open up” many Supreme Court First Amendment rulings in order to achieve his aim. His obvious aim is to chill free speech, for the comfort of the political class, of which he is now a gaudy ornament.
But at least Trump has, at last, found one thing to admire from the era of America’s Founding. Unfortunately, but predictably, it is one of the worst things done then — the Sedition Act of 1798. The act made it a crime to “write, print, utter or publish, or cause it to be done, or assist in it, any false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government of the United States, or either House of Congress, or the President, with intent to defame, or bring either into contempt or disrepute, or to excite against either the hatred of the people.” Now, 215 years after the Sedition Act expired in 1801, Trump vows to use litigiousness to improve the accuracy and decorousness of public discourse.
The night before his promise to make America great again through censorship, Trump, during the Republican presidential candidates’ debate in Houston , said that his sister, a federal judge, “[signed] a certain bill” and that Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. also “signed that bill.” So, the leading Republican candidate, the breadth of whose ignorance is the eighth wonder of the world, actually thinks that judges “sign” bills. Trump is a presidential aspirant who would flunk an eighth-grade civics exam.
It is nice to see uproar over the establishment but, like with the Arab Spring, which has turned into new totalitarians replacing old totalitarians, it is too early for revolution.
All the choices in this election are bad. Trump appears to be surrounding himself with domestic belligerents (SEE: Giuliani, Christie, Sessions). Not good. Foreign wars are bad, but as Adam Smith warned in The Theory of Moral Sentiments, we may be sympathetic to far away abuses but when they hit home, we feel the pain with much greater intensity. Think about this: The Empire turning its guns and bully attitude inward.
There are no good choices in this election, as in most all past elections, but I really fear The Empire turning its shock and awe at us here in America at a high-level of intensity--and, of course, this doesn't rule out American troops on the ground, overseas, during a Trump administration either.