Grandpa and Elijah are talking while pictures of Hurricane Harvey are disturbing 14-week old Elijah.
“Grandpa, are we safe? Are we in Houston?”
“No, Elijah. Not to worry. We’re in Minnesota, a long way from Texas. It’s ‘nice’ in Minnesota.”
“Okay, I feel safer. But am I legal?”
“What do you mean, legal?”
“Like . . . can I be arrested?”
“No, you’re not going to be arrested. You’re not illegal.”
“We’re a country of law, right, Grandpa?”
“Yes, we’re a constitutional republic. We live under the protection of the law.”
“Uh-uh! That Sheriff profiled people in Arizona! He broke the law and the President pardoned him! Pardon me, but that’s not law. Why’d the President do that when there’s a natural disaster in Texas?”
“Well, the timing of it is scary, Elijah. Maybe we’re not so safe after all.”
“What do ya mean? Is Hurricane Harvey coming here? Is Joe Arpaio coming to Minnesota to look for illegals?”
“No, they’re not coming here, Elijah. The issue is the rule of law itself. Charles Kaiser argues that “Donald Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio marks the real beginning of the coming constitutional crisis in America.” It’s a piece by Charles Kaiser. I read it this morning on Bill Moyers & Company.”
“What’s a constitutional crisis? Is that worse than Hurricane Harvey?”
- Grandpa Gordon, Chaska, MN, August 28, 2017.