Dangerous Power Grab By President Trump

By From: Bruce Obenshain Cecilton

Stealing money from the U.S.Department of Defense to build his southern U.S.-Mexico border wall is a dangerous power grab by President Trump. It is a flagrant abuse of a president’s power to declare an emergency.

This declaration is not about national security. It’s not about protecting would-be immigrants and U.S. residents. It is all about President Trump needing to feel that he is a strong leader. It is about someone who can’t stand to have his wishes frustrated. It is about someone who believes “I’ll get what I want, when I want it!” regardless of the means used.

He made this clear during his announcement on Feb. 15, declaring an emergency when he said: “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster.” Declarations of emergency with granting of extraordinary powers (often “martial law’) is a tried and true way for dictatorial strongmen to bypass elected legislative bodies to do what they want without the “fuss” of working with and obeying the decisions of legislative bodies representing the opinions of people who elected them.

The background of President Trump’s emergency declaration is that he refused to sign bipartisan spending legislation passed by Congress before Christmas precipitating a 31-day partial government shutdown and that he is refusing to abide by the carefully hammered out compromise spending package approved by both houses of Congress last week. This is the act of a bully saying, in effect, “I’ll take the candy that you gave me and I’ll take the candy you didn’t give me because I want all the candy.” This is not the rule of law.

I call on all Congressional members of all parties to immediately pass a bill overturning this declaration of emergency with a veto-proof majority in both houses. No president should have the power to ignore the will of the people as expressed through the legislation passed by their elected representatives. If this emergency declaration is allowed to be implemented, it puts too much power in the hands of any president.

This article provided by NewsEdge.