The scale of NYC’s banana-republicism is difficult for most people to fathom.

But Mark Steyn clarifies it with his usual panache:

… one hears so much breezy chit-chat in America about appealing this and appealing that one takes one’s appellate rights for granted.

Not so. In order to appeal, a losing party has to post a bond for the amount at issue. …

This is no small thing, even for those of us at the nickel-and-dime end of the Great American Judicial Shakedown – and especially not when, at the lower-court phase, justice has been comprehensively weaponised against one side of the country’s political divide. But to be clear: to appeal Judge Wankeron’s decision Trump needs to come up with a bond for at least $350 million.

So, just to complicate the issue, Wankeron forbids him from doing business with any financial institution registered in the State of New York. Which is rather a lot of them, it being the home of Wall Street – and of almost all the big players: J P Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley.

One can be nostalgic, of course, but it seems to me the America in which I grew up would have expressed broad consensus that justice — and trust in the justice system — was so important even the appearance of attempting to curtail due process rights would do harm to the republic.  These days, however, even people I once thought were reasonable clearly don’t care.  If they can be whipped up to believe somebody they don’t like is a “threat to democracy,” they’re content to undermine democracy’s foundation.

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