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Will a Democratic 2021 President Use The Executive Powers Trump Has Expanded

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If a good president, with integrity can be put in the Whitehouse, then there may be something good Trump has done.

I have very mixed feelings about this, but here goes.

Trump has pushed for more executive power than perhaps any previous president. He has fought for and strived to have the power to issue directives and policies, cancel laws and treaties.

Trump has used these expanded powers in despicable ways. But he has also set up the next president to be in a position to have similar powers. If a neoliberal, DNC favorite is elected, we can assume that he or she will be an impotent do-nothing. But if a real progressive gets in, it's possible that he (Bernie) or she (Tulsi or Marianne) will be able to use those powers. That will be great because Democrats in the House and Senate have proven themselves to be pathetically weak and incompetent, even when the Democrats held the House, Senate and White House.

I want to know that if a Democrat is elected president he or she WILL use those powers, if they have them.. And I want to know how they will use them. (I'd also like congress to pass legislation restricting the extremities of the presidential powers Trump has used.)

For starters, the president elect should hit the ground running, identifying every order Trump has given, not just executive directives, every single order to every agency, department and person. That should happen so on day one of the presidency, in 2021, the new president can cancel literally hundreds of Trump orders.

In addition, the new president, on the first day, should have a collection of at least 100 executive orders, and a team of lawyers ready to defend them.

These can include:

re-activate the US's participation in the Paris climate treaty

replacing William Barr on day one. Trump became master of the temporary appointment. No need to wait for senate confirmation. Use a temp.

order release of Trump records-- tax returns, and a lot more.

stop the concentration camp and child separation policies at the border. Reconnect families.

fire EPA staffers installed by Trump and reverse anti-environment policies

cancel orders to ban people from entering the country based on their religion

get reports of all investigations of individuals and groups Trump ordered, looking for abuse of power

This is a tiny fraction of a list of potentially hundreds of orders that should be put into motion on day one.

Every Democratic candidate should tell us their plans along these lines, identifying the specific orders and steps they'll be taking-- not all of them but they should, at least, give us an idea of what they are thinking of.

 

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Absolutely first rate thinking. This is why I love this site. It is a tiny fraction, but OMG...so smart!

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Good thinking, Rob, and well put.

Somehow, I, too, see Trump (oddly) as the means to change that otherwise might never been in the cards. In a weird way,

per chance, the John The Baptist 'I have come before ----"

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Tulsi and Marianne have clearly and steadfastly articulated what they would do upon entering office, with Tulsi repeatedly emphasizing "from Day One."

The other candidates have indirectly but clearly, through words or actions, pointed out that they are tools of the establishment, near as I can tell. More war, using our taxes to further harm, maim, and destroy humans and ruin the planet. Elizabeth Warren wants a "green army" for Christ's sake--for anyone wondering why she is presently "the anointed one."

With the possible exception of Bernie actually coming of age.

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You are correct.

Whichever Dem wins, and I still have doubts they will, should shake trump's government like an Etch-a-Sketch and start over, completely, and prosecute trump to the wall, like NObama should have done with bush.

But, again, I have doubts any of that will happen and all we will get is the same "we must look forward and not back" BS.

If Biden is the chosen one, it is guaranteed none of this will happen.

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Don't forgetend the sanctions on Venezuela.

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And Iran

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Yep.

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Yes, Trump has taken "Executive Powers" "to new heights" - he "has shown a propensity to govern by decree with a minimum input from government departments and from the elected congress". Surely, it's not helpful for the nation's overall health as a viable Republic, respectful and upholding the rule of law and the separation of powers when the Democrats empower and thereby further embolden the Republican presidents (e.g., a "too timid" Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to impeach two Republican presidents "on her watch" thereby "enabling" them to obtain and use even more "absolute powers"/combine with a reluctant Democrat House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, off on the summer break in lieu of holding impeachment hearings on Trump Articles of Impeachment (all twenty three Articles could have been voted on by Nadler (#ditto - a reluctant Conyers interviewed by Rob) and his Committee instead of taking the summer break) - their "reluctance" to impeach Trump (#redux - reluctance to impeach W Bush/"they acted with deceit and with falsehood") or hold impeachment hearings will be costing the nation dearly - i.e., no rule of law for the president, no effective separation of powers between the branches of government when the president assumes and exerts absolute powers to declare and launch preemptive wars, torture captives, and detain human beings indefinitely without charge, trial or due process of law and no effective checks and balances going forward to the 2020 elections and beyond for America in the 21st Century.

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Good one! And in this dumb, media obsessed culture, we need to refer to Trump ONLY as "Don the Con" and take that viral. That could be enough to get him unelected.

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