#$%&*@ 👿

I try not to use foul language on this blog, try to keep it professional, but tonight, the title of this blog seems to fit as no other would.  In an attempt to circumvent the United States Congress, and to defy the will and best interest of We the People, Donald Trump has announced his intention to declare a state of ‘national emergency’ today at the same time he signs the budget bill.

Allow me, please, to begin by making one thing perfectly clear …

THERE IS NO DAMN NATIONAL EMERGENCY AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER OR ELSEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES!!!

There is no emergency, but this is King Trump using the ‘power’ of his office to spend our money on a wall that the majority in the U.S. do not want and that, if built, would damage both the U.S. and Mexico far more than it would help anybody or anything.   The cost of his wall would be astronomical and would deny food and housing to millions of people.  I fully agree with the joint statement issued by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi …

“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall.”

Since I am livid and sputtering with rage, my rant is far too likely to turn into an expletive-laden diatribe, so I have decided to let Eugene Robinson, writer for The Washington Post, and a much more professional writer than I, finish this post for me …

We have a national emergency, all right. Its name is Donald Trump.

Eugene-RobinsonBy Eugene Robinson

February 14 at 6:50 PM

We have a national emergency, all right. Its name is Donald Trump, and it is a force of mindless, pointless disruption.

The president’s decision to officially declare an emergency — to pretend to build an unbuildable border wall — is not only an act of constitutional vandalism. It is also an act of cowardice, a way to avoid the wrath of Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the far-right commentariat.

It is an end run around Congress and, as such, constitutes a violation of his oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” — which gives Congress, not the president, the authority to decide how public money is spent. It does not give Trump the right to fund projects that Congress will not approve. Authoritarian leaders do that sort of thing. The puffed-up wannabe strongman now living in the White House is giving it a try.

Let’s be clear: There is no emergency. Arrests for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border peaked in 2000, nearly two decades ago, at more than 1.5 million a year. They declined sharply under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and, in 2017, were at their lowest point since 1971. In 2018, apprehensions ticked up slightly — but still barely climbed above 400,000.

There has indeed been an increase in families presenting themselves at legal points of entry to seek asylum — those groups of bedraggled Central Americans that Trump calls “caravans.” Under U.S. and international law, these people have an undisputed right to ask for asylum and have their cases evaluated. Again, they come to legal border crossings to seek admission. Only a handful try to navigate the forbidding rural terrain where Trump says he wants to build a wall.

What the administration really needs to do is expand and improve facilities for processing, caring for and, when necessary, housing these asylum seekers. But Trump doesn’t care about doing the right thing, or even the necessary thing. He cares only about being able to claim he is following through on his vicious anti-immigration rhetoric, which brands Mexican would-be migrants as “rapists” and Central Americans as members of the MS-13 street gang.

Trump had two years in which Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate — and could not persuade Congress to give him funding for a wall. He decided to make it an issue only after Democrats won the power to say no. The president’s negotiating strategy — pitching tantrums, walking away from the table, venting on Twitter, provoking the longest partial government shutdown in history — was never going to work. You might think he would have learned something about how Washington works by now, but you would be wrong.

Because there obviously is no legitimate emergency, Trump’s declaration — and the shifting of resources from duly authorized projects to the wall — will surely be challenged in court. It is possible, if not likely, that any actual construction will be held up indefinitely.

Indeed, legal briefs arguing against Trump’s action practically write themselves. An emergency, by definition, is urgent. The 9/11 terrorist attacks, for example, clearly qualified as a national emergency. But Trump has been talking about issuing an emergency declaration to build the wall for a couple of months. If such action wasn’t necessary in December, some judge will surely ask, then why now?

Money for the wall will have to be taken from other projects, all of which have constituencies in Congress and among the public. Ranchers and others whose land would have to be taken by eminent domain for the wall will be up in arms.

Politically, Trump carelessly put Republican senators in a tough spot. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may have the House pass a resolution of disapproval, which the Senate would be compelled to take up. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his caucus would have to decide whether to support a presidential power grab they know is unwise — or oppose Trump and risk the ire of the GOP base.

One of the most strident Republican criticisms of Obama was that he took executive actions that should have been the purview of Congress. But this action by Trump goes much further and sets a dangerous precedent.

What would keep the next Democratic president from declaring an emergency, in the wake of some mass shooting, and imposing a ban on assault weapons? Is that what McConnell wants as his legacy?

Trump cares only that his base is mollified. And that nobody remembers how Mexico was supposed to foot the bill.

54 thoughts on “#$%&*@ 👿

  1. Our system is heading in that direction. It is what our PM and a vocal minority in her party want. I remember spending 3 months of my life having to defend a decision to award an elective care contract strangely to our local hospital. It was challenged by a Private Company. We narrowly won the case and got zero help from the Government. They continually seek to find new ways to force NHS commissioners to award contracts to private suppliers.

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  2. The Trumpestuous Trumped Up National Emergency has reduced Lady Liberty and I to tears of anger and despair. While it was not unexpected, I do not have the words to describe the angst this man has wrought. Eugene Robinson has captured it well. I am reminded of part of Thomas Paine’s “American Crisis” that was published on Dec.19, 1776 and while this is not the American Revolution, this Trumpian emergency is a declaration of war for many Americans…”These are the times that try men’s souls. Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” We the People must triumph! Thank-you!

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    • No, this is not the American Revolution, but it may well turn into a revolution. Two-thirds of the nation are, like yourself, enraged and in tears, while another third sit by with stupid smirks on their faces, blindly applauding this ‘man’ who has literally screwed every person who isn’t a millionaire in this nation. This move, while not surprising, is certain to have consequences that are far-reaching and long-lasting. Frankly, I hope every republican has their proverbial faces rubbed in the mud before it’s over. Sigh. At this point, we can only hope that he can be stopped by Congress or the Courts … or both. Hugs, my friend.

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  3. some comments from someone I follow on twitter and he nailed it.

    WalshFreedom, The reason Trump was in such a shitty mood this morning is because he knows he lost. He knows he got his butt whipped.
    WalshFreedom, Trump didn’t even mention the shitty bill he’s signing and he didn’t make the case for a national emergency.

    That’s all.
    WalshFreedom, Trump just undercut his own case for a national emergency: “I didn’t really need to do this, but I wanted to do it faster.”

    He admitted this is all political.

    Congress should overturn this emergency declaration.

    WalshFreedom, In this country, the President can’t just turn the military into his own private construction firm.

    Congress must overturn this emergency declaration.
    My thoughts, trump is a fucking idiot. I heard that speech and he just talked about what a great deal maker he is. I need a drink and it’s not even noon yet.

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  4. Jill, I vividly recall the reluctant support by GOP leadership of Trump after the convention in 2016. There are two rationalizing statements that were made that we should ask all of them about.

    First, they said Trump will hire good people to shore up his lack of government experience. The “A” talent mostly turned him down, with a few exceptions. Many of the A and B talent have left along with a number of Cs, in a staggering level of turnover with many unfilled positions.

    Second, the GOP said he is not really going to do all of those things he spoke of in the campaign. Now, that he is doing them or trying to, they rationalize some more. As you and Gronda have written about, the wall was a PR gimmick as the candidate was and is not one to study things. But, it took off as a gimmick. It is a bumper sticker solution to a problem that is overstated and sold on fear – the real driver is conservative whites greatly fear becoming a plurality rather than a majority. Trump captured this with the “birther issue” well before he ran for President. To be frank, it is right out of the Jim Crow playbook – suppress the rights of others to vote or come into the country

    So, the King did not get his way and will declare a national emergency over the objections of 66% of Americans and his own GOP leadership. Eugene Robinson speak the truth about the greatest threat to national security. What is not getting enough press is how poorly received Pompeo and Pence are being received on their Iran bashing tour of Europe. Our allies are not supportive of Trump’s fearmongering about Iran and, as our own Intelligence leaders reported to Congress that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal, which is contrary to what the President says. Our allies agree. What say you Messers. Hannity, Limbaugh et al about that?

    Keith

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    • You make excellent points. My jaw dropped a few weeks ago when he said that his national security advisors should “go back to school”. Seriously??? I do believe he is the one who is sorely lacking an education here. Our allies are far more well-informed and intelligent than he, and I imagine they would be laughing behind his back, were the problems he’s causing not so serious for all the globe. I do plan to write about Pence and Pompeo’s receptions abroad, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I don’t think that his ‘state of emergency’ will get very far, for it is likely to be tied up in the courts past the time his term of office expires, but what is more frightening to me is the precedent it sets. If he gets his way with this, he is like a four-year-old child, and will use the tactic again and again, every time he wants something. And the other thing that is a growing concern is the divisiveness in this nation. The gap has widened, not narrowed. He who said he would unite the nation has done the exact opposite, and I think we will pay a price for decades.

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      • Jill, I just read that 170 Presidential scholars ranked the Presidents on a variety of issues and attributes. The 45th President of the United States was ranked “dead last” with a score of 12 on a scale of 100. Even George W. Bush far exceeded Trump at 31st. Even William Henry Harrison scored higher and he was only President for a couple of months. Obama was 8th. The best three in descending order – Lincoln, Washington and FDR.

        Good question for Sean Hannity and Sarah Huckabee-Sanders. Why last?

        Keith

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        • On reading your comment, of course I had to go find that survey! I found it easily and will peruse it a bit later after I finish work on my blog for the night. Thanks for the heads-up! It comes as no surprise to me that Trump ranks the lowest, nor that Bush exceeded him, for Bush was not all bad. He had a few good points, and in comparison to Trump, Bush was nearly a saint! I wonder how Hannity and Sanders will spin this one!

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            • No doubt. Did you hear Sarah Sanders spin on the dead silence at the Munich Security Conference after Trump “brought greetings from Trump”? She said the world’s leaders took a moment of silence out of respect for Trump. 🤢

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              • maybe it was a moment of silence because the rest of the world leaders were taking the advice of their mothers who probably told them “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. I didn’t see that speech but I did hear the address he gave on Friday and I don’t understand how anyone can say that he steamrolled over anyone. His tone sounded like he was totally defeated and being blind, I pick up on people’s tones of voice better than most in the media I would imagine.

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                • I’m sure you’re right that the journalists covering the conference were making their assessment based on seeing body language and facial expressions, as well as what he said and how he said it. I haven’t listened to it … but read only snippets and what I read sounded like a playground bully to me. But then, that is us under the current regime. I’m working on a post about the Munich Conference, but it’s slow going … have to dig through the detritus to find what is important. Sigh.

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  5. I repeat our offer. You can have our Hadrians Wall. Unused for 2000 years. Yes a bit broken in places,you might need to weed it. But then you can give your good buddies across the pond the money to pay for the mistakes of our current political masterminds (of all parties). Seriously though my heart goes out to you – the Madness of King George comes to mind. I fear our PM will see what Your President has done and will attempt to manufacture her own emergency to save her own skin.

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    • I went and looked at some pics of your Hadrian’s Wall, and while it is missing some stones here and there, all in all it looks pretty sturdy and should do the job nicely. I don’t think you need to worry about Ms. May trying to follow Trump’s lead, for as best I can figure, she despises him, and with good reason! If anything, she’s likely to try to be his antithesis. Sigh. This is his worst offense yet, and frankly I fear for the future of this nation. And I am enraged by those people here who are applauding his move. I want to smack some sense into them. Sigh.

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        • You may be right that she would bite her tongue and do what’s necessary to get a trade deal, but I cannot imagine she could get by with getting rid of your NHS. I suspect she would have a revolution on her hands if she tried to do that. At least, I hope so.

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          • They do it by stealth, Chip away opening more services up to the private sector. Starving the NHS of funds, then make bogus funding claims then swamp the media with stories that the NHS is failing. Trump has been after opening the NHS market up to American firms. Seriously my blood is boiling…

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            • Your blood should be boiling over that! I would be … I am … incensed about it. I didn’t realize all of that. Our healthcare system here is a shambles … unless you are very wealthy, that is. I am Type I, insulin-dependent diabetic, and I have no choice but to order my insulin from Canada, for if I bought it in the U.S., it would cost me around $1,300 per month, and I only get $1,500 per month! I get it from Canada for around $500 per month. But, the U.S. government is trying to crack down on people buying their meds from Canada and a couple of months ago mine was held up at customs for nearly 2 weeks. You guys have a great system compared to ours!

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              • How can that be right in a so called advanced society. Yes we have long waiting lists for some treatment and to see a doctor. Yes the NHS will restrict or not sanction some expensive medications. But each prescription will cost £8.80. You can pay £108 for an annual pre payment card which covers your costs.Under 16s, over 60s, on some types of benefit, have certain medical conditions then you get it free. On what planet is that not a better, fairer more developed system.

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                • You know I agree! But in this country, it’s not about patient care, it’s about how much money can be wrung out of us. Big Pharma, labs, and doctors all make mega-bucks. In the past several years there has been a movement toward private doctors offices being bought out by private equity firms. My daughter is a nurse for a urology practice in our city, and her company is being purchased this year by a private equity firm. Each of the doctors who currently own the company will be paid a cool million dollars and will then have the option to retire or to become an employee. Under the incoming ownership, patients who cannot afford their treatment will be turned away. It is nothing more or less than another big corporation making money.

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  6. The man is a bloody fool. He has either been reading from ‘Hitler’s Greatest Screw-Ups 1942 onwards’ or picked up the draft of a Coen Brother’s script and didn’t realise it was satire.
    What more can one say?
    Other than ‘dummkopf’.

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    • He’s both a bloody fool and a dummkopf. And a few other things thrown in for good measure. I would like to trade him in for a functional model now, if nobody objects, for frankly I’ve had enough of him, as have the majority of the people here. 🐺

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      • Quite.
        Have a Trump-Free week, ignore him and his crew.
        Post about good folk, cats, seasons, cats, images, music, art (and don’t forget the cats Gwannie 😺 😺 😺 😺 😺 😺 )

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  7. I take it this hasn’t actually happened yet, so I cannot comment yet. Once he does this, then I can tell you my thoughts on how demented this fool of a non-stateman, this anti-politician is. I hope you can have some kind of police force ready to arrest him if he were to declare a state of national emergency in a time of peace, because to make such a declaration would obviously be a sign that the egotistical narcissist has lost control of his mental capavities and is a public menace not only to the USA, but to life itself on planet earth.
    If he is a smart man, he will not invoke my wrath!

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    • It had not happened at the time I wrote that post, but did happen this morning, so I await your comments! Next come the lawsuits, and an attempt by Congress to reverse his declaration, and who knows where it will all end up. There are other powers this move gives him, and that is perhaps what I find even more frightening than the fact that he is stealing money to build his damn infernal wall! I am hoping that somewhere out there is somebody capable of putting a stop to Donald Trump, period.

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