Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ugh. No.

Hit and Run: "Trump Plans To Sign Border Deal and Declare National Emergency. Here’s What That Could Mean."
Trump's use of a national emergency declaration to secure border wall funding should trouble anyone who understands and appreciates separation of powers. According to a 2007 report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the 1976 National Emergencies Act entitles the president to "statutory delegations from Congress" that let him "seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens."

We don't know what limits there are on a president's ability to declare a national emergency. There is definitely potential for civil liberties abuses, particularly in regard to eminent domain, which is the process by which the government forces a property owner to sell.
One of the common complaints I make about the border security issue is that it's so very easy for people in Western Massachusetts to make pronouncements when they will bear very little of the consequences of illegal immigration.  So I hesitate to say this but - c'mon - this is not a national emergency.  This is not terrorists slamming 747s into the World Trade Center; it's the typical level of border crossings that have existed forever.  There's nothing extraordinary about it.

Speaking as someone who has warmed up to Trump, this "emergency" smells like something cooked up to save face and it sets a terrible precedent.

Extra - This Trump tweet aged really well.

More - The Corner: "Courts Should Not Defer to Trump’s National-Security Pretext."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Speaking as someone who has warmed up to Trump...

Well, a steaming turd does give off some warmth.

The numbers all say doing this will hurt Trump and the GOP politically. Given all the things the rancid moron could do? Fighting the courts to obtain 8 billion dollars within a 22 trillion dollar deficit? In a quixotic quest for symbolic magic slats that his dummy base (who would cheer him regardless) loves, but a supermajority of voters hate? That's the perfect way for Trump to spend his remaining days in office. It's the absolute least bad option.

It also ensures that the issue that the GOP unsuccessfully pushed as its central 2018 midterm message continues stinking up the news well into election season.

And if Ruth Ginsburg has a parasailing accident and the Supreme Court somehow rubber stamps this idiocy into acceptability? Trading an itty-bitty stretch of wall for President O'Rourke's unilateral emergency actions on climate change is the kind of artful deal liberals agree to every day of the week.