Fascism 1.0 Tuesday

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What if he was the next Supreme Court Nominee?

President Trump has now declared a national emergency to fund his long-sought border wall. It is no surprise that when a fascistic president like Trump starts throwing around the idea of a national emergency, media outlets like Esquire start asking whether “it might be time to start fireproofing the Reichstag,” a clear allusion to Hitler’s ascent to power in 1933. But is the comparison justified? Is Trump’s declaration of a national emergency a threat to American democracy?

The short answer is: National emergencies are normal … until they’re not. The United States has been in a state of nearly continual national emergency since the passage of the National Emergencies Act in 1976. Trump’s national emergency would be the 32nd national emergency currently in effect. Others include selective embargoes on Syria, Libya, and South Sudan and opposition to the “Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Congress can override a president’s national emergency, but only with a two-thirds majority vote.

Mark Bray @ Truthout

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11 Responses to Fascism 1.0 Tuesday

  1. Micki says:

    Nah. Rudy is too old to be nominated to SCOTUS.

    But, regarding the slide into fascism, the frog and boiling water analogy applies….

    This constant “us” and “them” tribalism, as though the Democrats are the white hats is total BS. They are complicit.

    And why is much of the critique of Trump’s actions offered by the Democratic leadership focused on procedure – “doing an end run around Congress” — rather than politics? Because the Democratic Party leadership also supports the detention and deportation of the undocumented and doesn’t want to appear “soft” on immigration. Trump’s “abuse of power” in pursuit of the wall is an egregious “exception,” we are told, while routine detentions and deportations are “normal.”

    Yes, we should be outraged by Trump’s border wall, but, as Evan Greer pointed out in the Washington Post, we should be just as outraged by the Democratic calls for a “technological barrier” composed of enhanced surveillance technology to support the caging and deportation of migrants. We must not forget that President Obama set the record for most deportations. The liberal ascription of blame to Trump for all social ills implicitly (or explicitly) constructs an image of American greatness prior to 2017. When Democratic politicians call for a return to the pre-Trump era, they too are saying “Make America Great Again.”

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  2. Den says:

    Deport, don’t detain, we don’t need the expense of shredded lives on our concience.

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  3. Den says:

    Comments are running newest on top to test.

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  4. Carol says:

    Finally went grocery shopping, and now an ice storm is threatening. Hope it missed us.

    I plan to make stuffed peppers tomorrow, that sounded like a good idea so I bought enough peppers today.

    I also stocked up on wine, tomatoes and all my salad-makings. Let it snow, or let it ice, except I’m supposed to go to Jill’s on Thursday to dog sit again.

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  5. Carol says:

    This place is STILL effed up! My first post, not there and I’m sick and tired of my email address and name not being anchored. Whatever and whyever they changed that, I wish they’d put it back.

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  6. Carol says:

    Posted my second comment and when the page returned, both posts were there.

    Wanted to ask Den how he’s feeling. Are you able to move enough to start moving your stuff?

    And where’s Doc today?

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  7. Den says:

    Carol you should not be having this many problems, I will switch the e-mail requirement off and see what happens.

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  8. Den says:

    The Catato:

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  9. David B. Benson says:

    At the Nuevo Vallarta, walking through the gentle snowfall which has already left 2 cm of a promised up-to 30 cm.

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