What’s Next???

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

That is the oath that every president must take before taking office.  Donald Trump took that oath on 20 January 2017.

On Monday, Judge Richard Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that existing law did not give Mr. Trump the power to enforce the policy, known as “migrant protection protocols”, that would force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases proceed.

Sunday night, Trump fired his hard-nosed Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, because she had refused to engage in activities that were illegal, activities in which Trump was overstepping his authority.

Last June, Judge Dana Sabraw ruled against Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children at the border, and yet recently Trump has said he plans to re-implement that policy.

And last Friday, Donald Trump, the ‘man’ who was placed into office by the auspices of the electoral college despite losing the election, gave a little speech to Customs and Border Patrol agents, telling them not to allow any migrants into the country:

“We’re full, our system’s full, our country’s full — can’t come in! Our country is full, what can you do? We can’t handle any more, our country is full. Can’t come in, I’m sorry. It’s very simple. If judges give you trouble, say, ‘Sorry, judge, I can’t do it. We don’t have the room.’”

After Trump left the room, agents sought further advice from their leaders, who told them they were not giving them that direction and if they did what the President said they would take on personal liability. You have to follow the law, they were told.  Okay, it’s nice to know at least somebody has some good sense, but still … the person who took the oath of office had the gall to blatantly and publicly violate that oath.  He is thumbing his nose at not only the Constitution, but at We the People.

In order for the system of checks and balances as defined by the U.S. Constitution to work, the executive branch must respect the prerogatives of Congress, from appropriations to oversight, and the interpretations by judges of the law and the Constitution.  What does it say about a ‘president’ who defies the rule of law, who defies the very Constitution he took an oath to uphold?  And what does it say about members of Congress who continue to allow such perfidy?

There have been a number of areas in which Trump has defied the Constitution during his nearly 27 months in office.  Just two examples …

  • Trump is violating both the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses of the Constitution, by accepting payments from foreign and state governments at the Trump International Hotel in DC.
  • Trump’s first executive order banning travel from six Middle Eastern countries was in violation of the establishment clause of the 1st  Amendment.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

“When someone becomes president, that person’s responsibility is to the country and doing what is in the best interest of the American people and, at that point, business interests need to be put aside because people need to have faith that their leaders are working for them, not that their leaders are working for their own financial benefit.” — Noah Bookbinder, executive director of CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington)

It is painfully obvious that Donald Trump has absolutely no concern for the people of this nation.  And yet, some 40% of the people in this nation support him.  The current ‘president’ of the United States violates his oath of office on a regular basis, his speech is more fitting for a trucker’s hangout than the White House, he incites white supremacists and supports anti-LGBT groups … and 40% of the nation still love him.  I’m stunned, but that isn’t my point at the moment.  My point tonight is something I want you to really think about.  What’s next?

If he feels so emboldened that he can blow off the U.S. Constitution, that he can defy the orders of federal judges, then where does he stop?  Is there any limit to what he will do?  Yesterday he signed more executive orders taking away state’s rights to halt oil pipeline construction – construction that would harm the environment and wildlife.  Yes, there will be lawsuits and the courts are unlikely to rule in Trump’s favour, but he has already shown that he does not respect the courts.

Until the last month or so, although I was frustrated and sometimes enraged by his behaviour, I felt that the courts and Congress would keep him somewhat in check.  I no longer believe that.  I now think that this ‘man’ envisions himself as a ruler, a dictator, perhaps even a king.  And what choice do We the People have?  Congress has proven useless, the courts are being proven useless … where does that leave us?  I ask again … what’s next?

48 thoughts on “What’s Next???

  1. I post warning now. If anyone tells me they didn’t vote in the USA Presidential Elections in 2020 because it doesn’t matter, I will be having words. (polite and reasonable ones firstly)

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  2. Jill, my bottom line is as follows: the entire world and its power systems are not adjusting to the idea of globalism, not only in trade and commerce, but also in political philosophy. I am as guilty as the next in pumping “my country tis of thee,” over the needs of the world’s destitute and the earth’s resource degradation. The task for the balance of my life is to see every man, woman and child as a brother/sister and mother earth as my nurturer. It’s a challenge, but what are the alternatives? Western culture’s capitalism has had its last great hurrah and probably rightfully so because earth cannot sustain the onslaught. In the end, Mother Earth will prevail.

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    • You’ve hit that nail right on the head, Larry! There is a major push to reject the idea of globalism, to deny that we must rely on each other for survival. Trump’s position of “America First” simply is not practical, not viable, and has lowered our standing among our allies. You’re so right … the Earth will still be here long after humans have brought about their own extinction. The best we, as individuals, can do is just what you said … see everyone as equal, as a brother or sister, and be kind to the earth. It won’t matter much to you and I, or most of my readers, but it might matter a great deal to the next generation and the one after that.

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  3. Personally, I don’t think he sees himself as a ruler, dictator, or a king. He sees himself in the same way as he did when he was a “civilian” — someone who thinks he’s “the boss” and expects everyone to say “how high” when he hollers “JUMP!” He obviously has NO knowledge of the Constitution — nor does he care. His repetition of the “Oath of Office” was just that. Repetition of the words by the person administering it.

    The really bad part about all of this are the lackeys that are doing his bidding. And all for the sake of “politics;” that is, staying in office and collecting all the benefits (let me count the ways …).

    Someone has mentioned his rapidly deteriorating mental facilities are becoming more and more obvious. Hopefully, someone (with guts) will finally step forward and his a-kissers will have to face facts. Hopefully.

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    • To an extent, I agree with your first paragraph, but I think the power has also gone to his head … he sees it as unlimited power, if only he bullies his way through, and unlimited power appeals to his narcissistic persona. Thus, I think he would prefer being a dictator where he doesn’t have to be bothered finding ways to defy the law, for he will be the law.

      I’m encouraged to read that a few of his sycophants are beginning to pull away from him. It appears that enough republican senators plan to vote against Herman Cain’s nomination to the Fed, so that is good news. Perhaps others will begin to waken soon?

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  4. Jill, good post, though I must confess, the comments paint an even bleaker path. I think it brings home the issue when the doers are told not to do what the big boss says because you may have personal liability.

    One of the things I have learned from studies about narcissists, if you want to know what they are guilty of, pay close attention to what they accuse others of. So, please think about this when he accuses others of traitorous, unconstitutionsal actions. It is a means of defense to accuse others of they may accuse you of. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! Yes, there is a bleakness in some of the comments, but I understand because I feel the same bleakness this past week or so.

      Good point you make about narcissists … I hadn’t ever thought about it, having known only a couple in my life, but you’re right. My concerns come from his escalation of cruelty, of rhetoric … I feel like we’re waiting for the proverbial “other shoe” to drop.

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  5. Until some patriot stands up and says enough is enough, trumpism will continue. he already has beggared his cabinet to the point of having one congressional approved member..all the rest are “acting” secretaries of whatever…his kids and the neo-nazi Steven are truly in charge. He has succeeded in less than a term to turn our democratic republic into an autocracy with a lunatic at the helm. What’s next? a second term because rationally thinking people will be too afraid to vote for a democrat or independent. The thinking is that with the electoral college being comprised of more evangelicals than any other group, trump will win again even if he is outvoted by a pleni-majority of the people. we brought all this on ourselves by allowing fox news and other “news” groups like them to denigrate Mr Obama and get away with it. We allowed it to happen by becoming so partisan no one could compromise anymore. We brought it on ourselves by the “real” news organizations thinking and saying Trump was just a joke and failed to take him and his creatures seriously. We need either a blue wave the likes of which the world has never seen, a congress that doesn’t keep their heads shoved up their asses or an assassin. Take your pick.

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    • Oscar Wilde notably said Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious. Now more than ever whatever side of the political spectrum ppl ascribe to, they want to “do something” to make things right. But there are 2 sides to every story, conservative “patriots” claim Trump to be their savior and will defend his policies to the death, and that includes upholding the 2nd amendment. Liberal NeverTrumper “patriots” want immediate impeachment or assassination.
      How is everyone going to come together and unite the nation with such antagonistic “patriotic” attitudes? That’s what we need to ask ourselves if we want to be whole as one nation again. Is it even possible in such a divisive and hostile political environment? Somehow we need cooler heads to prevail, and work things out rationally.

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        • probably right… but i’m trying to think outside the box and come up with peaceful amicable solutions that satisfy all people. perhaps the only real solution is to wait it out ’til Trump gets out of office. i’m sure if we put our collective minds together we can come up with a better plan.

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      • That’s just it … we are so divided right now that there are very few options for working together “across the aisle”. And that is, I firmly believe, the goal of Trump and of Putin. Remember the expression: United we stand, Divided we fall? It’s true.

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    • I think that it is quite possible to defeat him in next year’s election, but the democrats are going to have to get busy, put aside their own personal goals, and throw all their weight behind one strong candidate, then run a clean campaign based on policy and platform with no retaliatory mud-slinging. Can they do that? Will they? I don’t know. But if he is re-elected in 2020, I don’t think that, if he still lives 4 years later, there will be a 2024 election.

      Personally, I would have no problem with your last stated option, but I say it very quietly, for I don’t want men in dark glasses showing up at my door. 😉

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  6. Oh Jill…this post so mirrors my thoughts of late.
    This is what I think and to some it will sound pessimistic, but for me, it’s just reality.

    I think he will be re elected in 2020 and “we ain’t seen nothing yet.” I also wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t try to run a third term. Only old age or perhaps death, will stop him. By then the country will no longer be America land of the free. Blacks, immigrants and other minorities and the LGBT community are going to have a very difficult time. Environmental destruction will ramp up even more. But I also see bad news for the rest of western societies, as much of this hatred, racism and climate denying filth he spews, will grow worldwide. His base is clueless and willfully ignorant and downright evil in some cases…think white supremacy, Nazis. Speaking of Nazis..Stephen Miller is Goebbels reincarnated. Trump courts the Jewish people now for their vote, but given time and any semblance to Nazi Germany and those zealous Christians, won’t tolerate them.

    Fox News is responsible for much of his bases views. This link is an eye opener. Quite sad and mostly good comments.

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/i-gathered-stories-of-people-transformed-by-fox-news.html?utm_source=fb&utm_campaign=nym&utm_medium=s1

    Religious extremism is growing. We see much evidence here in the US, but there is growth overseas as well. Our friend Gronda has done an excellent series of the danger the Christian Evangelical Right is doing to our country. They are much like the Sharia law they so hate in the Muslim world. I’m sure you saw where Texas wants the death penalty for anyone having an abortion.

    Climate change may make this all a moot point, if the experts are correct. The world will warm more, weather will get more extreme, food and clean water will wither, starvation, anarchy….not a pretty picture is it.

    So I try to take a long view and that is difficult. Any change to the positive we may not see, but if the younger generations have the will and intelligence, perhaps they can turn things around, if it is possible. Or it may just be the way civilizations have come and gone over millennia. They get to a point and then they self destruct. Just the law of nature sort of thing. Look at Rome. The main difference this time is the weapons we now have compared to the past. Even WWII wasn’t total destruction and look how it has all rebuilt now in less than 100 years. But a nuclear war even on a smaller scale, could change all that.

    I don’t think we should give up. We must still vote, voice our opinions, support each other, but there’s only so much now we can do. This 40% is a powerful force and will continue to do much damage even after trump has gone. Education is a key, but do we have any real hope for a good public education with the likes of A Betty Devos and her ilk? And with such science denying going on.

    If this is too dark or long, I apologize, but it’s truly how I feel a good part of the time. And believe it or not, I do have a good life…friends, hobbies, food and wine and enjoyment. Even though what I stated above, I believe, I don’t let it stop me from living in the moment and being content and grateful.

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    • Not too long or too dark, my friend … just honest. I share much of your feelings, especially IF Trump is re-elected next year. I think if the Democrats get their act together, unite behind a single strong candidate and stop fighting amongst themselves, they can beat him, for his base is the minority. However, if he wins another term, my best guess is that there will be no presidential election in 2024 if Trump still lives.

      As for the bigger picture, I think that with the continued trend of ignoring climate change, rolling back regulations that were intended to protect the environment, the human race will bring about its own extinction before the end of this century. That is, if one of these button-happy megalomaniacs doesn’t start World War III, which will certainly lead to the extinction of the human race.

      A gloomy picture? Yes, but if we can bring some sanity into the governments of the Western world, it can be stopped. Will that happen? Who knows … I have my doubts.

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  7. The political situation world wide is defying logic, compassion, and the good of people. It is a creeping infection caused by over population and under abundance. Trump might be the most high profile symptom, but he isn’t alone.

    For this current political situation to resolve, requires a major shift in conciousness in the population. I don’t see any sign of that at all.

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    • Julian Assange was dragged (literally) out of the Ecuador Embassy in London today, his asylum revoked. Within hours UK courts charged him with jumping bail, and also allowed the US to lay charges. He is now in a UK prison. He will likely be extradited shortly. The US will convict him and imprison him along with Chelsea Manning for releasing the information that proves that Governments track us all.

      Edward Snowden tweeted
      ‘Images of Ecuador’s ambassador inviting the UK’s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of–like it or not–award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books. Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.’ He also gave a download link for the list of US charges against Assange.

      George Monbiot (ecological reporter for the Guardian) tweeted, “JulianAssange has performed crucial services to democracy. It would be a travesty of justice if he were extradited and punished for them. He should be released immediately.”

      Folks, we are looking at dark days ahead, when even our thoughts will not be allowed for public sharing.

      There are forces afoot that will deny us truth and feed us lies. It has started. It is time to unfurl yourself from the TV. Nothing out there is real.

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      • my thoughts precisely, whatever happened to our most sacred 1st amendment? it’s becoming more corporate and fascist as special interests take over world gov’ts. truth will find a way, there are many whistleblowers out there stepping up to take his place. who will rise up and speak for Assange? i don’t see our sold out corporate MSM fake news press standing up for real uncompromising honest reporters like Julian. the truth is out there, we just have to dig and research, use discernment. ur right, the first thing thing is to tune out tv period. it’s all cultural, social, political, mental programming…. literally brainwashing!

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        • Our Prime Minister, Theresa May, welcomed Assange’s arrest, while her opposite, Labour leader, Jeremy Corbin has spoken out against the US extradition of Assange. Very mixed views in Britain on the Wikileaks founder. Sweden is also considering reopening the sexual assault charge.
          Now something caught my eye here… Assange is being used as the public whipping boy to take the focus off deep rooted corruption within Governments. Trump gets away with everything. Assange will not! Democracy? I don’t think so.

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    • You are quite right … the same movement that put Trump in office is responsible for Brexit, for the likes of Marine LePen, Norbert Hofer, and Brazil’s new president Bolsonaro. And, like you, I don’t see any sign of things turning around, and frankly don’t see much hope for the survival of the human race unless we collectively make some major changes to protect the environment. Too many people are making too much money that would be threatened by those changes, so I doubt it happening. Yeah … a bit of a funk here at the moment. 😥

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  8. What next is anything he likes unless the Senate start to rein him in.. It’s time they started to do their job as they promise to look after the interests of the American people and not just Republican voters.
    Cwtch

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    • I’m hearing that some of the republican senators are starting to pull away from him a bit, but it will take more than just a few. As long as the big corporations and the wealthy CEOs are putting money in the right pockets, it won’t end. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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  9. In my opinion Americans have to start asking themselves how they ended up in Trump world. Trump nation isn’t an accident, it happened because America is so obsessed with constitutional jibber-jabber, it would rather toss ad nauseum partisan media propaganda, than face the fact free speech without consequence of truth is a political wet dream. Rant over. Sigh.

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