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…..call 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.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/22/president-obama-states-of-emergency/16851775/

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

https://www.e-ir.info/2019/01/05/emergency-powers-and-executives-an-ever-present-danger-of-abuse/

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

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It’s That Inescapable Crisis

After the speech of a couple of days ago….the key word of that day was …CRISIS.

I seems that the President has ginned up a new crisis that needs dealing with….the dreaded “caravan” was a dud after the midterms so something new had to be found….it was all this “illegals” flowing across our Southern border.

It is a crisis…..Trump made sure that word was drummed into our brains during his short uninformed speech of Tuesday night…..

But did you know that there are truly some situations that Trump could use the term Crisis and be accurate……

The border is a big deal, and the problems are real, But, as Axios’ Stef Kight writes, often lost in the shutdown madness is whether the crisis is bigger than other vital issues facing the country:

  • Since that tweet, 547 people have been shot in Chicago, and 111 people have been killed, according to data from the Chicago Tribune.
  • 86 people were killed in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Trump visited after the fires — but he’s now blaming California for not exercising “proper Forest Management,” and is threatening to cut off emergency aid to the state.
  • An average of three men are killed every day in the U.S. by police officers, according to an estimate in the American Journal of Public Health. That would mean about 255 American men had been killed by law enforcement since Oct. 16.
  • There’s no real-time data on deaths from the opioid crisis. But with 67,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the CDC, it’s likely that roughly 16,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses — including opioids — since October.
  • Suicide rates continue to climb despite a healthy economy.
  • Seven U.S. military officers were killed in Afghanistan since Oct. 16, including six combat deaths. Trump signaled a strategic shift but never addressed the nation about it.
  • In Syria, at least 191 civilians were killed by the U.S.-led coalition between Sept. 10 and Nov. 17, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

And rather than address a devastating report by government scientists in November on the economic impacts of climate change, Trump simply said he doesn’t believe it.

There are truly many situations in this country that could be called a crisis….but the bullshit on the border is NO crisis…..a manufactured crisis with NO validity.

Plus if this is so damn important why didn’t it come up when he had a huge majority with White House and both Houses of Congress…it would have been a breeze to get something then…..but it just was not that big of a deal then….as it should be now.

Enough Said!

Thusly, He Spake!

FLASH!

Big Yawn!

Last night, just mere hours ago, our Dear Supreme Leader went before the people of the “boob tube” from the Oval Office (a first, btw) and told us all about the “crisis” on the border.

To begin with there is NO “crisis” on the border…..As usual he made little sense and spouted his usual LIES and bullsh*t……

President Trump called the situation at the US-Mexico border a “humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul” in a national address Tuesday night—but he stopped short of declaring a formal emergency in order to get a border wall built. In his brief speech, the president again called for $5.7 billion to build a wall, which he said would actually be a “steel barrier,” reports Politico. In a quick rebuttal, Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of “manufacturing a crisis” at the border, per the AP, and she and Chuck Schumer reiterated that Democrats would not pay for any such barrier. The president, meanwhile, maintained that the wall “would quickly pay for itself,” arguing that its cost would “indirectly” be covered by savings from the new trade pact with Mexico.

Trump also said that “our Southern border is a vast pipeline for illegal drugs,” and he again asserted that criminals crossing the border were endangering American lives. The impasse over funding for the proposed wall is at the center of the partial government shutdown, now in its 18th day. The president said the government “remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security,” per the Washington Post. Countered Pelosi: “The fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government.” The White House has been considering the possibility of Trump declaring a national emergency, a controversial move through which he would divert military money and resources to build a barrier without congressional approval.

Like I said…the usual BS…..a “crisis” of his tiny brain….but the analysis…..at least that darn “caravan” crisis has been averted (another of those things from a tiny mind).  Nothing new in his rhetoric…..same crap he spread 2 years ago….why was an Oval Office speech necessary?

President Trump delivered an address on the “crisis” at the US-Mexico border Tuesday night—and fact-checkers started work as soon as he got to the word “crisis.” The Washington Post, which calls Trump’s description of the situation “misleading and bleak,” reports that the president said there is a “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the border, but there is no new security crisis at the border and apprehensions of people trying to cross illegally have fallen from a peak of around 1.6 million in 2000 to 400,000 in fiscal 2018. The Post notes, however, that there is indeed a growing humanitarian crisis caused by the increasing number of families with children attempting to cross the border. More:

  • “The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.” The New York Times call this remark false, noting that while Democrats are refusing to give Trump $5.7 billion for a border wall, they have offered $1.3 billion for other border security measures.
  • “Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl.” Politico calls this statement “misleading,” noting that most fentanyl sold in the US comes from China, and while most heroin in the US does come from Mexico, the vast majority of it is smuggled through existing border crossings, so a wall would not significantly improve the situation.
  • “The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.” The Post awards this claim Four Pinocchios on a scale of one to four and accuses Trump of misunderstanding the economics. of trade deficits. “Congress must still appropriate the money, and the trade agreement has not been ratified,” the Post adds.
  • “America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation but all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.” The AP considers this claim dubious. Researchers have found that immigration both legal and illegal ends up delivering a boost to the economy, though Americans without high school degrees don’t tend to benefit.
  • Senator Chuck Schumer, who you will be hearing from later tonight, has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past, along with many other Democrats.” Schumer and other Democrats did indeed vote for a fence along 700 miles of border in 2006, though it was far less substantial than the barrier proposed by Trump, who has called the 2006 version a “nothing wall,” the Post reports.
  • “At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall.” Politico reports that congressional Democrats have not requested a steel barrier—and have said the material used in the barrier does not affect the shutdown debate.
  • The AP notes that in their rebuttal, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of shutting down the government and “holding workers hostage”—but “it takes two sides to shut down the government.”

Kinda reminds me of the word ‘bullsh*t’ hidden under a fake sneeze……

I tried something different…..I took a sip of bourbon every time Trump used the word “Crisis”……and by 10 minutes into the speech (wait that was the length of the whole thing) I was already feeling tipsy….

This is a “crisis” that was generated in Trump’s tiny mind…there is NO crisis on the Southern border…

There was nothing substantive about the speech…..not even the opening was genuine……my analysis…..”Begging For Bucks”, the new Trump reality show in the making.

Down here, Gulf Coast, there is a fish that will bite on anything even an empty hook….we call them “Croakers” because of the sound they make when caught……these fish  remind me of the Trump supporters….they will bite on anything Trump feeds them….accurate info or a lie…..matters not to them.

Finally, the rebuttal delivered by Schumer/Pelsoi…..these two looked stiff and phony….they stood there making themselves appear like a famous painting, American Gothic”….I could not listen to their meanderings through the English language…..the Dems would have been better using AOC  for the rebuttal, the Left loves her and would be listening.

All in all another waste of time….but the bourbon was soothing…..

Another Brick In The Wall

Can you hear Pink Floyd?  Close your eyes…it’s there.

Well that is not what this is about……it is all about that wall that has been wanted by Trump…..first promise was that Mexico would build it, then it was a threat to shut down government if he, Trump, did not get the money for his wall, then a memo to cabinet members telling them to look for unused funds for the wall……none of these waffles have given him, Trump, what he wants…..”that big beautiful border wall”……

Now we have the next “brick ” in Trump’s wall song…….

President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down the government over funding for his border wall. But as the question of money for his campaign proposal once again roils Congress, one man thinks he may have found a solution: Crowd-funding.

Brian Kolfage, a 37-year-old Florida resident who was severely wounded in the Iraq war, has started a GoFundMe campaign to complete Trump’s signature pledge. The campaign has raised over $2 million in the three days since it started, with an overall goal of $1 billion.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/19/trump-border-wall-gofundme-campaign-1070788

Who will fund the wall this time?

Will the raised funds actually go for a wall or will they fall into the abyss of of other Trump charities and Foundation stuff?

Mexico?  Russia even?  Or just gullible ignorant Americans that fell for the BS the first time?

Closing Thought–21Nov18

OMG!  What will happen to us?

Just weeks ago Our Dear Supreme Leader sent US troops to the border to protect the country from a “caravan” of dangerous human beings that were on their way to the US Southern border.

Of course there was blow back but it mattered not…the troops were sent and they prepared for the onslaught of dangerous 4 year olds and bare foot women……

Has the situation become less of a problem?

Why do I ask?

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the commander of the US military operation at the southern border, has announced that the Pentagon is planning to begin the drawdown from the border very soon, potentially sometime later this week.

This is happening even though the migrant convoy that was meant to have precipitated this whole scramble to the border still hasn’t arrived. This adds to he belief that the whole deployment was little more than a pre-election political stunt.

It appears to whole thing might be over before the caravan really gets here in earnest, with Buchanan saying that the end date for the operation was already set for December 15, and he’s seen no indication of it continuing past that.

The operation was controversial from the start, with officials not clear what they would do, or indeed what they could legally do to the migrants. Suggestions that the troops might shoot at migrants were quickly brushed off,and while President Trump praised them for their “beautiful” barbed wire, the reality is that the deployment really did very little but make an appearance

(antiwar.com)

After I wrote this draft the Pentagon has backed off this report somewhat…….so I feel I must be fair to all concerned about this situation…….

With some 5,800 US troops having made their show of deploying to the Mexican border, and seemingly having little else to do, on Monday Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan reported that he was expecting to start drawing down troop levels as soon as this week. He added that the operation was only scheduled to last until December 15.

By Tuesday, however, the Pentagon was furiously backpedaling away from that, insisting that there is no actual timeline for ending the US deployment, nor indeed any plans for a drawdown, despite what the general in charge of the operation said the day before.

Officials did, however, confirm that what Lt. Gen. Buchanan said the day before about transferring some of the troops to California might still happen. The White House may have come up with something for them to do as well.

(antiwar.com)

Not to worry there will be another generated “crisis” by next election.

Time for me to go and prepare stuff for our meal tomorrow…..hope everyone has a great day…..and a better tomorrow.  chuq

Wait For The Whites Of Their Eyes!

All have heard about the infamous “caravan that is inching its way to the US Southern border….and likewise the US troops that have been ordered to the border to deal with the “slow moving invasion”……

But Our Dear Supreme Leader has issued more “standing orders” to the troops waiting for the invasion to begin on our border…..

In response to a caravan of migrants making its way north through Mexico, President Trump has ordered the biggest deployment of troops along America’s southern border since the days of Pancho Villa—and he says any migrants throwing rocks will be treated like gunmen. “I will tell you, anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico and the Mexican military … we will consider that a firearm,” the president said Thursday. He was referring to a clash between asylum seekers and Mexican police at the Guatemalan border Sunday, Politico reports. “They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” Trump said. “We’ll consider—and I told them—consider it a rifle.”

Trump said that he plans to bring in an executive action next week that will deal with what he called the “abuse” of the asylum system, the Washington Post reports. He didn’t provide details of the order, but said the military is helping to erect “massive tent cities” at the border. “We have a lot of tents, we have a lot of everything,” he said. “We’re going to hold them right there, we’re not letting them into our country.” Asked about Trump’s “consider it a rifle” remark, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davies said he wouldn’t discuss hypothetical situations, but added that troops involved in “Operation Faithful Patriot” are “trained professionals who always have the inherent right of self-defense.” (Trump says he plans to use an executive order to end birthright citizenship.)

What coward would order troops under his control to use deadly force on children with rocks?

You can tell the cowards that never served their country they equate a pebble with a bullet.

Plus have you ever seen the protective gear that our troops wear?  A rock will have little effect on their effectiveness.

Only a spineless tool would even consider firing on unarmed innocent civilians……but then loo who I am talking about….

OMG! The “Caravan” Nears!

The invasion looms!

You have heard the silliness I am sure.  The mass of people walking their way to the border with the US is somehow a threat to our national security……first what moronic bullshit!

The Defense Department says it’s sending 5,200 active duty troops to “harden” the southern border against a migrant caravan making its way through Mexico, the AP reports. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy tells reporters that 800 soldiers were en route on Monday and that the remainder of the troops would be at the southwest border by the end of the week. That’s in addition to the more than 2,000 members of the National Guard already providing assistance at the border now. Officials say the troops will provide “mission enhancing capabilities” and will be armed. The announcement comes as President Trump has been trying to focus on the caravan just a week before the midterm elections.

O’Shaughnessy says the military will cooperate with US Customs and Border Patrol as it first strengthens the border in Texas, then Arizona and California, the Washington Post reports. Among the deployed are US Army Corps of Engineers members, three combat engineer battalions, helicopters with night-vision capabilities to tell the CBP where help is needed, military police units, and cargo aircraft including a C-17 and three C-130s. The Pentagon has already sent down 22 miles of concertina wire and plans to send enough to cover 150 miles. The operation is called Operation Faithful. “Border security is national security,” O’Shaughnessy said Monday, per USA Today.

Another thought—–S Forces Deployed: Africa — 1000 Syria — 2000 Iraq — 5000 Afghanistan — 8000 US Southern Border — 8200* + regular CBP * Total includes: 5200 active duty + 2000 National Guard

First why the need for troops?  We already have 2000+ on the border.  What happens if they make it to the border…..are the troops willing to shot and kill unarmed civilians?

Of course if you ask a supporter there are diseased ridden people in the midst and/or gang members with all their weapons and drugs and stuff.

This is all so fucking silly!

Then we need to have a debate on immigration…..that is about as worthless an endeavor as climate change or guns….Americans are NOT capable of having a discourse on these subjects because critical thinking has bee replaced  with personality worship and slogans and most important…HATRED!

Then there are all those “really bad people” that are in this caravan, according to Our Dear Supreme Leader, Trump….there are these bad people but they are not in the “caravan” these people are Trump and the spineless enablers….THESE ARE HOLLOW PATHETIC LITTLE PEOPLE!