Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

Trump is the Real National Emergency

By       Message Scott Devlin       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   1 comment

Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Author 512844
- Advertisement -

In his latest gambit to have his southern wall built, Trump told reporters on Sunday, "We're looking at a national emergency because we have a national emergency - just read the papers." Trump is right about one thing: There is a national emergency, but it is not the lack of a southern border wall; the real emergency is Trump himself.

The government shutdown - now moving into its third week - is solely the fault of the President. He has thrown the government into complete chaos to get his wall. The shutdown is a national emergency in the making, and Trump is the cause.

Because of Trump's shutdown, government workers are unable to pay their bills (click here), low-income families are adversely affected (click here), and national security is undermined because unpaid TSA employees are calling in sick (click here). All this because Trump wants his wall.

According to experts, undocumented border crossings are declining and the number of undocumented immigrants is at a record low (click here). Border security, while important, is not a national emergency. But it is an emergency for Trump because he is in danger of not fulfilling his biggest campaign promise. Trump's egocentric worldview renders him unable to distinguish between a national emergency and him not getting his way.

An even greater emergency is the looming constitutional crisis if Trump abuses the National Emergencies Act (NEA) merely to fulfill his pledge to build the wall. Never before has a President been so willing to bend and stretch his constitutional powers to bypass Congress just for political expediency. Trump has already abused his authority to try to ban Muslims from entering the country and now he is threatening to do the same to build his needless barrier.

But the most critical emergency is Trump's incessant authoritarian conduct as President. He obstructed justice by ordering James Comey to drop an ongoing investigation involving issues of national security, then fired him for not obeying; he has openly attacked federal judges and questioned their legitimacy because of their race or political affiliation; he has called for Senate investigations into news outlets that have published stories that he deems unflattering; and, he is waging an ongoing war against the Mueller investigation that, by any measure, is already a success, having thus far yielded dozens of indictments and at least seven guilty pleas.

- Advertisement -
Just let that last one sink in for a moment: The President of the United States is waging an open war against his own Justice Department for investigating an attack on American democracy.

In any other Presidency these anti-American and authoritarian actions would dominate national discourse. But with Trump it is just business as usual.
Trump is - on a daily basis - attacking the foundations of the Constitution and our democracy itself and we barely raise our collective eyebrow. That is the real national emergency.


- Advertisement -

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Scott Devlin is a freelance writer with a focus on political analysis and outdoors adventure writing. Scott formerly served as a Combat Rifle Team Leader in the U.S. Army, has degrees in Philosophy and Biology and has two wonderful children. (more...)
 

Scott Devlin Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The Myth of the Master Negotiator

The Democrats Must not Cave In

Trump is the Real National Emergency

Comments Image Post Article Comment

These discussions are not moderated. We rely on users to police themselves, and flag inappropriate comments and behavior. In accordance with our Guidelines and Policies, we reserve the right to remove any post at any time for any reason, and will restrict access of registered users who repeatedly violate our terms.

  • OpEdNews welcomes lively, CIVIL discourse. Personal attacks and/or hate speech are not tolerated and may result in banning.
  • Comments should relate to the content above. Irrelevant, off-topic comments are a distraction, and will be removed.
  • By submitting this comment, you agree to all OpEdNews rules, guidelines and policies.
Connect with Facebook     Connect with Twitter            Register with Facebook     Register with Twitter

Comment:   

You can enter 2000 characters. To remove limit, please click here.

Please login or register. Afterwards, your comment will be published.
 
Username
Password

Forgot your password? Click here and we will send an email to the address you used when you registered.
First Name
Last Name

I am at least 16 years of age
(make sure username & password are filled in. Note that username must be an email address.)

1 people are discussing this page, with 1 comments  Post Comment


Scott Devlin

Become a Fan
Author 512844

(Member since Jan 5, 2019), 1 articles, 1 comments
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


  New Content

I want to know what you think!

Submitted on Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019 at 1:12:58 AM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

 
Want to post your own comment on this Article? Post Comment