Monthly Archives: March 2016


Donald Trump has become a kind of caricature of an old stereotype–that of the man who is above the law.

When I was just a boy my rich uncle took me aside to explain why I was wasting time and energy worrying about the inequality of the way various people were variously treated by the law. He was the president of a bank whose hobby was being the judge of the state court in our county. Son, he said, the law never has treated people equally and it never will. You might as well expect all people to weigh the same or be the same height as to expect that legal institutions are going to treat people equally. Some folks are just plain above the law. Their conscience had better be their guide because the law will never hold them responsible if their behavior does not measure up to ordinary expectations.

My experience since then has confirmed the sadly true wisdom of my uncle’s little sermon.