I Don’t Thing That Word Means What He Thinks It Means

POTUS complains every time any ruling is made against him. Yesterday he tweeted that the judicial system was “unfair” because it told him that he had overstepped his legal boundaries. But to quote the line from The Princess Bride, “He keeps using that word; I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means.”

Based on Context, I would have to think that he is defining that word as meaning something along the lines as “not in agreement with my personal desires.” As a public service, where is what that word actually means:

un·fair (ˌənˈfer)


adjective: unfair; comparative adjective: unfairer; superlative adjective: unfairest

  1. not based on or behaving according to the principles of equality and justice.

“at times like these the legal system appears inhumane and unfair”

synonyms: unjust, inequitable, prejudiced, biased, discriminatory;

one-sided, unequal, uneven, unbalanced, partisan, partial, skewed

“the trial was unfair”

undeserved, unmerited, uncalled for, unreasonable, unjustified

“his comments were unfair”

antonyms: just, justified
  1. unkind, inconsiderate, or unreasonable.

“you’re unfair to criticize like that when she’s never done you any harm”

synonyms: inconsiderate, thoughtless, insensitive, selfish, spiteful, mean, unkind, unreasonable;

hypercritical, overcritical

“you’re being very unfair”

  1. not following the rules of a game or sport.
synonyms: unsportsmanlike, unsporting, dirty, below the belt, underhanded, dishonorable

“unfair play”

What POTUS fails to realise (one of the MANY THINGS that POTUS fails to realise) is that constitutionally, we have a system of checks and balances. The President is, himself, subject to the rule-of-law and the courts are there to assure that he (and everyone else) is treated according to that rule-of-law!

Not getting your way is not, necessarily, unfair. It may simply be that whatever it is you were trying to do was illegal. If you feel that is the case, you appeal the ruling. The President is not subject to any different rules than the rest of us – or in a democracy he shouldn’t be.

Wherever you are today, I hope that you understand that not everything will go your way! (And that POTUS understands that that is not the same as being treated unfairly.)

Don Bergquist – January 11, 2018 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA