Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He is a syndicated columnist and a commentator for the Fox News Channel. He writes for Politico, Time, and often appears on such public affairs programs as Meet the Press and The McLaughlin Group. He is the author of Lincoln Unbound and Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years – a New York Times bestseller.
The nationwide stay of the travel ban issued by Judge James Robart, a Washington state-based federal district judge, is tissue-thin. Robart's handiwork is shoddy and usurpatory, despite the fact that he is indeed a literal judge.
If President Donald Trump is a budding authoritarian, as his critics allege, one of the safeguards is Judge Neil Gorsuch. Gorsuch is the opposite of Trump in every way that should matter to the president's enemies.
Democrats, who have spent the past half-century since Joe McCarthy objecting to the suggestion that anyone in this country might not be patriotic, can barely mention President Donald Trump's immigration order without calling it un-American.
It's a mistake to predict the inevitable decline of things that give meaning to people's lives and involve fundamental human attachments. The nation is one of them, something that Trump, if he gets nothing else, instinctively understands.