Do I Want A National Emergency?

A good question!

The president keeps threatening day after day that he will call a national emergency and get his wall that way.  Pundits keep pointing out to the people that the border is not in crisis but in Trump’s mind there is a crisis…but now he is calling it a humanitarian crisis…a change from a couple of days ago…..

But back to the question….would I want to see trump declare a state of emergency on his own?

I have thought about this and have decided that I would be upset but I could live with the precedent that Trump set by calling for the national emergency.

Why would I go along with Trump on this?

Easy peasey…..when we have a Dem president he could do what Trump did… a national emergency to handle climate change or the opioid epidemic or our infrastructure or…..well you get the idea….so yep Mr. President declare away and set up a precedent for the GOP to lose their minds over in the future.

But let’s look at this national emergency thingy……

The United States is in a perpetual state of national emergency.

Thirty separate emergencies, in fact.

An emergency declared by President Jimmy Carter on the 10th day of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 remains in effect almost 35 years later.

A post-9/11 state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush — and renewed six times by President Obama — forms the legal basis for much of the war on terror.

Is this president so self-centered and ego-centric that he cannot see the harm this moronic move would do…if not then I say be a man step up and declare that emergency.

I get sent a lot of papers by grad students hoping for that advanced degree and recently I was sent one about the use of the national emergency….a timely paper indeed…..

The use of emergency powers by executives has been surrounded by intensive scholarly debate since the Second World War. Victor Ramraj has previously stated with clear conviction that there “will always be a danger that executives, even well-meaning ones, could abuse emergency powers, which has been demonstrated by historical and contemporary events”.[1] Upon examination of Ramraj’s statement, it will be argued that he is correct in his assertion that emergency powers can be abused by executives. On this basis, a two-strand argument will evolve, which will be split into two parts

These powers that the “Executive” is given can be abused and I think Trump is the best at abusing the powers of the presidency.


10 thoughts on “Do I Want A National Emergency?

  1. As I’ve alluded to all along, Trump has this wonderful ability to shoot himself in his own leg. His demise (political or otherwise) will be the direct result of his own ineptness. I agree with you, chuq. He should do the emergency thing and let Congress and the Court and the process filter it all out and just make it another nail in his political coffin. In the meantime, get the government back to working. Congress can go back later to re-write the “emergency clause” criteria if need be.

  2. My guess is that if he declares a national emergency the Supreme Court will decide in hus favor. I don ‘t kniw uf they law defines what condiobs have to be to declare one. It is probably silent on that issue. It may be in tge discretion of the president. Or the Court msy prescribe guidelines for one to be declared.

    Reading the papers of Madison and Hamilton, they discussed that our congress and administration might at some point reach an impass where they would not be able to agree. Neither had a solution to how the impass would be resolved. They left it to be decided if the pass ever came to pass. Well, here it is.

  3. I agree that these declarations should be rare. Yet it raises this question:
    Individuals have rights to their personal boundaries. Any psychologist would attest to that. Does our nation retain the same human right?

    1. Personal boundaries…..national emergency used for events that are not in the budget…like a disastrous storm……this is just some dictatorial move to get what they want without the Congress having any part in the national decision….Constitution crap on….period. chuq

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