The game of American political whack-a-mole ratcheted up another notch as President Trump’s attempts to negotiate with Congress failed, once again, over national security.
Just a few short days ago, while addressing members of the media assembled in the Rose Garden, the president declared a national emergency on the U.S. southern border. With the prophetic skill of a county fair carny in guessing a mark’s weight, he declared, “We will have a national emergency. We will then be sued. We’ll be sued in the 9th Circuit.”
He then strode off to the Oval Office where he signed the previously prepared national emergency decree as states in the 9th Circuit iPhoned their attorneys general, demanding synchronized and coordinated lawsuits against the president.
The only winners in the game so far are members of the drive-by media and lawyers.
As Frivolous As It Gets
A states’ alliance lawsuit, filed in the Federal District Court of San Francisco, obviously pre-written and waiting on Trump to pull the trigger for executive powers, states in part:
“Contrary to the will of Congress, the President has used the pretext of a manufactured ‘crisis’ of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriate for drug interdiction, military construction, and law enforcement initiatives toward building a wall on the United States–Mexico border.”
Noticeably missing is the phrase “contrary to the will of the people,” who in part elected a president to build a “big, beautiful wall” to help protect this country from illegal immigrants bent on human trafficking, drug smuggling, and breaking the welfare back of a benevolent nation.
States’ Unholy Alliance
Sixteen states — California, New York, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Michigan, Nevada, Delaware, and Maine – have united in defiance to sue the president. Each state is Democrat-controlled, through governors, legislatures, attorneys general, or, in several cases, a super-majority of deep blue.
The suit suggests the states are suing for protection of their own people, proposing to “protect [plaintiff states’] residents, natural resources, and economic interests from President Donald J. Trump’s flagrant disregard of fundamental separation of powers principles engrained in the United States Constitution.”
A deeper dive will tell you that line is pure bunk.
For example, after newly minted New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham declared that Trump’s National Guard troops on the state’s southern border had to skedaddle, stating, “New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade,” she found herself in deep trouble with her constituency.
Sheriffs in several counties have presented resolutions to be “Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities” — and the movement is taking root.
Currently, there is a petition by residents to impeach and remove Grisham from the governor’s office, and each county has formed political action groups to make her life as difficult as she wants to make Trump’s. Signatures surpassed the 50,000 mark in just a few days.
And Hawaii? It has little to offer on the southern border fiasco, and if the Green New Deal passes, and air travel ceases, the United States may have to sell the islands off to China.
California, the one state on the front line, perhaps needs the influx of illegals to help make California great again. Between Hollywood debauchery, slums ripe with typhus, and a fecal firestorm in the City by the Bay, a bit of trafficking and drug money could be just the ticket out of abject poverty.
The other states apparently just want to sit at the cool kids’ table in the cafeteria or be on the Corrupt News Network.
…other states apparently just want to sit at the cool kids’ table in the cafeteria…
Trump’s Presidential Power — It’s Yuuuge
The National Emergencies Act of 1976 allows the president authority to declare emergencies when the country is “threatened by crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances” other than wars or natural disasters. The illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human smuggling occurring routinely at the U.S. southern border combine to equal such a crisis — one proclaimed by the left and the right for decades.
And although there are limits and restraints in the national emergency clause, inhibiting national security isn’t one of them.
County fair carny psychics aside, no one is surprised that 16 neo-communist states and their puppet judicial arm, the 9th Circuit, are suing the president. But it appears they believe their press so much, they haven’t watched the reactions of Americans across the nation. And that may be their undoing.
According to the latest polls by Rasmussen Reports, Trump has a 49-52% approval rating (over a two-week period). The number surges each time the Democrats pull one of their grandstanding merit-less stunts.
Make no mistake — this stunt will have unintended consequences. Just ask Lujan Grisham how her snubbing of Trump and her constituents in her first six weeks in office is going.
The only winners so far in the left’s continued attacks on Trump are the lawyers hired by the Democrats and Trump himself.
Oh, and also Americans, who, if trends continue — and as the Dems never learn it is certain — will see Trump win again in 2020.
Pick up the rubber mallet and take another swipe at that pesky rodent — there’s a super stuffed prize to be won.