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Recent talk has been circulating the twitter-sphere and the major news network about the President threatening to declare a National Emergency to fund redirect funds and built the border wall without the help of congress. I wrote a little background information about it just now and figured I should give my take. (you can find the background info here)
President Trump should not declare a national emergency. The whole idea, I think, was an ingenious way to try to put congressmembers in a tough position to act quickly, however, it put the President in a really tough position. The President can simply, not call a national emergency. Democratic members have already promised Trump a legal fight in the supreme court. I do not think, even with the 5-3 Republican SCOTUS majority, that the declaration of national emergency would hold up in the Supreme Court. And whilst this case is being processed, the Republicans would have no choice but to re-open the government with nothing else to hold out on. When the Supreme Court would eventually overturn the declaration, Trump will no longer have any bargaining chips to use with the Democratic leaders, and would not get his border wall in time for 2020 re-election. As a result, many followers of his would feel abandoned, and he could quite possibly lose the 2020 election.
Not to mention a great argument Ben Shapiro, a prominent political commentator known for debating Piers Morgan on the Second Amendment, made about the National Emergency. If Trump were to declare a National emergency, he would be giving more power to the presidency. That fact alone gives the President a loophole into bypassing any congress he or she feels is “necessary”. Which is all fine a dandy (maybe) if you like the President and agree with what he’s doing, however, what happens when a Democratic president takes office and wants to confiscate guns, for example. He or she can declare national emergency and start the confiscation of guns in America, no approval from Congress needed.
Now whilst I don’t believe that the government would be confiscating guns or anything as severe any time soon, it does raise a valuable question as to how much power are we willing to give to the Presidency? I for one, don’t believe we should give the presidency any more power than it currently has , at the risk of off-setting the balance of the three branches. I’m all for the wall, but we need to consider building the wall in the appropriate manner, in the American manner. After all, it is “make America great again”.