President Trump and the Constitutionality of the Wall

President Trump has decided to veto Congress’ attempt to rein in the executive usurpation of power taken during the declaration of his national emergency at the southern border. Proponents of the president’s actions will continue to argue that the national emergency is legitimate, goes along with the National Emergencies Act of 1976, and the funds will be re-appropriated. However, few of them will take the time to review the Constitution of the United States of America, which is the supreme law of the land, because they do not want anything to hinder their agenda.

In Article I, it specifically states that all matters regarding appropriations and spending are the responsibility of Congress, and the closest thing to spending money that Article II authorizes the president is the ability to receive compensation for his or her work. The money that President Trump wants to spend has already been appropriated, and therefore, any change to this would be unconstitutional. Yet, President Trump does not care about the constitutionality because his mind is made up that there is an emergency at the border, and not even reason can alter his perspective.

In addition, the vetoing of the bill against the national emergency is backward from a constitutional point-of-view. According to the Constitution, the president does indeed have the authority to veto bills. But, this is supposed to occur when Congress passes bills that the president believes are unconstitutional or against the best interests of the people. In this case, Congress explicitly told the president that he did not have the authority to fund his wall, and he bypassed the legislature to create his own law despite this. This veto was not to prevent a bad law from going into place, but rather, it was a veto to keep his bad law in place. Congress should not even have had to pass a resolution to attempt to halt the actions of the executive because the president should not have had that authority.

It is a sad state of affairs when the American people must accept that their president has monarchical powers to make any decisions that he or she sees fit by just simply declaring a situation as a national emergency. With republicanism fading and authoritarianism on the rise, is it only a matter of time before Congress becomes just a figurehead?

Now let us try to decipher that wise, Washington logic. Republicans were opposed to President Obama’s unilateral executive actions, but now that the tide has turned, it magically became acceptable. Either the fairies of Caesar, Hitler, and Stalin cast their magic to sway their opinions, or they are hypocrites. But, it is not different for Democrats, as those same fairies must have cast their “anti-Trump” spells to change the attitudes in that party to that of opposition to extraconstitutional actions. Hypocrisy is a useful tool for politicians of all parties who care about their agendas and ability to stay in power over all else, despite the degradation of the foundation that keeps the system in check.

Now that President Trump has successfully issued his monarchical edict and gotten rid of pesky Congress’ opposition (unless somehow both houses of Congress can muster up two-thirds of their members to override the veto), he can rest easy knowing that he accomplished his goal of building a wall through usurpation.

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Published on March 19, 2019 03:21
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