Sally Yates was an Obama holdover and acting attorney general when Donald Trump took over the White House. She was quickly fired in just 10 days after she trampled on the Constitution and ignored the president’s lawful immigration protections. Now, in a new USA Today op-ed, Yates has the unmitigated gall to lecture the rest of the country on holding fast to “our founding documents” and “core founding values.”
Her pious scribble asks, “Who are we as a country? Time to decide.”
Yates made her decision when she defiantly ignored the law of the land, but now demands everyone else “remain faithful” to that very law she thought so little of.
The piece dripped with worn out criticisms of our early nation with no grasp of historical context:
Our founding documents set forth the values that make us who we are, or at least who we aspire to be. I say aspire to be because we haven’t always lived up to our founding ideals — even at the time of our founding. When the Declaration of Independence proclaimed that all men are created equal, hundreds of thousands of African Americans were being enslaved by their fellow Americans.
Not so long ago, all across the Jim Crow South, our country’s definition was defiled by lynchings, the systematic disenfranchisement of African-American voters, and the burning of freedom riders’ buses. And still today, we have yet to realize fully our nation’s promise of equal justice.
Yates then explains to us, her subordinates, the preamble to the Constitution line-by-line, further revealing her confusion as to what form of government our country is founded on: “'We the people of the United States' (we are a democratic republic, not a dictatorship).” Words matter; she may want to rethink that “democracy” thing.
And yet, she continues:
“in order to form a more perfect union” (we are a work in progress dedicated to a noble pursuit) “establish justice” (we revere justice as the cornerstone of our democracy) “insure domestic tranquility” (we prize unity and peace, not divisiveness and discord), “provide for the common defense” (we should never give any foreign adversary reason to question our solidarity) “promote the general welfare” (we care about one another; compassion and decency matter) “and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” (we have a responsibility to protect not just our own generation, but future ones as well).
Without mentioning Trump by name, Yates confirms herself as part of The Resistance with choice wording:
Over the course of our nation’s history, we have faced inflection points — times when we had to decide who we are as a country and what we stand for. Now is such a time.
Despite our differences, we as Americans have long held a shared vision of what our country means and what values we expect our leaders to embrace. Today, our continued commitment to these unifying principles is needed more than ever.
Not only is there such a thing as objective truth, failing to tell the truth matters. We can’t control whether our public servants lie to us. But we can control whether we hold them accountable for those lies or whether, in either a state of exhaustion or to protect our own political objectives, we look the other way and normalize an indifference to truth.
We are not living in ordinary times… So stand up. Speak out. Our country needs all of us to raise our collective voices in support of our democratic ideals and institutions.
Okay, sure, we'll "speak out." Where was all of this “adherence to core values” when Yates was embedded in Obama’s Justice Department as deputy AG? When the IRS was weaponized against conservative foes? When the FBI tried to help the DNC push Hillary Clinton to the front of the ticket? And where was all of this talk of principles and values when Obama sabotaged the investigations that could’ve brought down Hezbollah so he could ink the Iran nuclear deal? Tell us, Sally. Tell us again why we should take your advice to uphold the Constitution when you have repeatedly demonstrated you don’t?
Spare us your lectures.