Editorial: When the powerful say nothing in the face of injustice, they are giving their consent

This week, The Atlantic published a stunning critique of President Donald Trump by retired Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis warning against a militarized response to the nationwide civil rights protests of recent days and calling the president a threat to the Constitution. “Never did I dream,” he wrote, that troops would be called on to “violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens” for the sake of a “bizarre photo op,” a Bible-hefting stunt in front of historic St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C.