Tom Toles for February 20, 2019


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    DD Wiz Premium Member 8 months ago

    It may be that the Constitution is made of stronger material than Trump realizes. He may be running headlong into a claim of “emergency powers,” but he might not make it through the checks and balances and other safeguards that this document provides.

    Even the conservatives may be reluctant to concede power in the Congress and, especially, the Supreme Court where they don’t need to worry about facing reelection. John Roberts is famously protective of judicial integrity (and already rebuked Trump when Trump referred to “Obama judges” or “Trump judges”), and Clarence Thomas has written opinions against the lack of limiting definitions in the Emergency Powers Act that become unconstitutionally vague if they give the president too much power to legislate rather than using agencies to define enabling rules within narrow terms.

    The idea that the president could use a power DELEGATED by Congress to do an end run around something Congress explicitly prohibited is clearly an assumption of legislative power that is unconstitutional.

    And even if conservatives don’t care about Trump’s abuses, they may hesitate to establish a precedent that a future PROgressive president in 2021 could invoke to deal with a REAL emergency such as climate change, the epidemic of gun violence or the health care emergency.

    Hmmmm, maybe that’s not such a bad idea…

    Conservatives, be careful what you wish for.

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    Dtroutma Premium Member 8 months ago

    Let’s hope the courts will set him straight.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member 8 months ago

    Hell of a distraction from Mueller’s upcoming indictments of D1/2S and Agent Orange Himself, but IT WON’T WORK!!!

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    superposition  8 months ago

    Some read the Constitution looking for ways to strengthen America while others look for ways to strengthen their ideology, power, or personal fortune. And some don’t read it at all.

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    piobaire  8 months ago

    If a Democratic president declared an emergency over such a pretext, and was attempting to seize power as Trump is doing, the Republicans would be screaming bloody murder. They’d be right to do so, too.

    Are Trumpublicans not speaking up because they have no worries? Are they not thinking about the next election?

    Are they just gutless cowards? Or are they thinking that free and fair elections are a thing of the past?

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    Teto85 Premium Member 8 months ago

    Don’t’ worry tiny, they will for your prison cell.

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    piobaire  8 months ago

    Gerrymandering did not prevent the 2018 mid-term election from being a disaster for the Republicans. Voter suppression did not prevent the 2018 mid-term election from being a disaster for the Republicans.

    How far is the Republican Party prepared to go?

    How far is Trump prepared to go to protect his associates, his family, and himself?

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  8. Agent gates130516four
    Rad-ish, currently posting No Ambiguity on Sherpa Premium Member 8 months ago

    Crooked liar agent Donald is doing everything he can to circumvent the Constitution. Just like Putin wants him to.

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    Cerabooge  8 months ago

    George Harmon. ’Nuff said.

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    Addled Brain  8 months ago

    The sub-comment is heart-breaking.

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    moderateisntleft  8 months ago

    Typical wing nut. Pick he parts of the Constitution (or Bible for that matter) that you like and ignore the rest.

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    Bookworm  8 months ago

    The Founding Fathers imagined and depended on a knowledgeable and educated population to elect self-governing representatives to serve and protect the rights and liberties of the individual. However, when the population chooses to be willfully ignorant, happily willing to give up personal autonomy, and favor imaginary “security” over personal liberty, Donald Trump is as predictable as sunrise. We are seeing the birth of the American Police State which will likely not differ much from Orwell’s Oceania.

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    Michael W. Barr Premium Member 8 months ago

    “Schteel schlats.”

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  14. Agent gates130516four
    Rad-ish, currently posting No Ambiguity on Sherpa Premium Member 8 months ago

    Donald Trump’s election has actually had one major benefit—to reveal the complete moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party and the “conservative” ideology that sustains it.

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  15. Agent gates130516four
    Rad-ish, currently posting No Ambiguity on Sherpa Premium Member 8 months ago

    3 hours ago – President Trump on Wednesday labeled The New York Times “a true enemy of the people”

    “When the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing the words of a tyrant.”

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    Godfreydaniel  8 months ago

    The more the talk show hosts ridicule Trump’s “national emergency” (SO much of an emergency that he admitted “I didn’t have to do this”, and then spent the next two days playing golf), the more likely it is that at least some Republican members of Congress will start to fear for their reputations. (Li’l Linsey has trashed hers, and of course Mitch never had a rep to begin with.) And I’m hoping that some JUDGES can be the adults in the room…..

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    DarthDurinsBANEling  8 months ago

    Hm. A democratically elected leader seizing emergency powers? Deja Vu.

    “I love the Republic. I love democracy.”-Chancellor Palpatine, aka Darth Sidious, after receiving emergency powers

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    Dianne Lee Premium Member 8 months ago

    I would have trusted the Supreme Court to reject a power grab by the president, until he stacked it with right wingers. Now, they could actually allow this, and if they do, we have a supreme commander, whose decisions are the final word. That would be a very very bad problem even if it wasn’t for the fact that the guy he nutty as a fruit cake.

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    The Wolf In Your Midst  8 months ago

    You won’t see much love of democracy from someone who so admires dictators.

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    countoftowergrove  8 months ago

    We need a Praetorian solution.

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