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Democrats Might Oppose Trump’s National Emergency, But They’re Hardly the Resistance

Democrats Might Oppose Trump’s National Emergency, But They’re Hardly the Resistance

Maha Hilal

In a letter to Members of Congress yesterday, Nancy Pelosi wrote in response to Trump’s emergency declaration, that, "The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated” and that “We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the President’s assault.” Though this ch

The Democrats controlled Congress for enough years subsequent to the 1976 legislation (that enhanced POTUS power) that if they wanted to they could have constrained POTUS power.

There were many examples of Dubya abusing power and much concurrent discussion in progressive circles about reigning in the “imperial POTUS, the unitary executive”, two descriptions of what became far worse with the dawn of the 21st century.

Upon becoming POTUS in 2009 Obama attempted to further enhance Wall Street’s shock doctrine spoils without Congressional approval. Fortunately Congress (both houses controlled by Democrats) constrained him. Unfortunately Congress did not revise the 1976 legislation.

Democrats, as much as Republicans created the current landscape that enables Trump and the GOP’s current national emergency strategy.


No maybe about it! Two sides of the same coin, heads I win; tails you lose. The dems. with very few exceptions, are not the resistance, they are the fake resistance.

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This doesn’t seem to be a political party problem, it is white fear and perceived privilege. Bigotry, the unadmitted cause of pullback. If only whitey could embrace rather than reject people of color wanting to integrate into a, could be greater, society.
Whitey has always segregated others. Indians to their reservations, the Chinese to China town, the blacks to hovels, and other ethnic groups to shared neighborhoods.Why can’t we rid ourselves of the Archie Bunker syndrome?

The amount spent on the various wars is a typo. The amount spent is 4.9 TRILLION as per that link and I think that link is far too conservative.

4.9 trillion that could have spent elsewhere and this over and above regular military spending. Regular military spending over that period is likely around an added 14 trillion and this probably understating the true amount. You are likely taking over 20 trillion sum total . The sum of 20 some trillion must be looked at as opportunites lost as well. The payback to an economy for military spending is next to nothing when compared to things like infrastructure spending.

Military spending is an fact, from an economic point of view , a national security risk.


As has been amply demonstrated, the only budget item we can add to every year is military spending.

All that other stuff – well, the deficits are just too high.

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