Thursday, December 17, 2015

Donald Trump Criticizes President Obama's Unconstitutional Executive Orders While Trumpeting His Own

Last weekend, Republican candidate Donald Trump blasted President Barack Obama's use of executive orders to bypass Congress...and the order to enact his agenda.  CNN reports:
Donald Trump slammed President Barack Obama on Saturday over his use of executive orders to accomplish his policy objectives, just two days after proposing his own executive order.
Speaking with South Carolina's attorney general during a question-and-answer forum,
Donald Trump
Trump vowed that if elected president, he would repeal Obama's executive orders allowing undocumented children and parents to remain in the U.S. The state's attorney general, Alan Wilson, is suing the president over those executive actions along with 25 other states.
"I don't think he even tries anymore. I think he just signs executive actions," Trump said of Obama, before pointing to the U.S. government system of checks and balances.
That's the way the system  is supposed to work. And then all of a sudden, I hear he tried, he can't do it, and then, boom, and then another one, boom," Trump said.
But Trump apparently doesn't practice what he preaches.  Just days earlier, the New York businessman indicated that as President he would issue an executive order that would mandate the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer:
One of the first things I do, in terms of executive order if I win, will be to sign a strong, strong statement that will go out to the country -- out to the world -- that anybody killing a policeman, policewoman, a police officer -- anybody killing a police officer, the death penalty. It's going to happen, OK?" Trump said Thursday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where a New England police union representing about 4,000 law enforcement officials endorsed him.
Federalism much?  Such an order would be blatantly unconstitutional.  Most murderers, including killing of police officers, are prosecuted through state courts using state criminal law.  Federal officials have no right whatsoever to intervene in those prosecutions to mandate harsher punishment. Further, nineteen states have decided to ban the death penalty in their states.  Our Constitution allows that.  What it does not allow is the President of the United States to dictate how states are going to prosecute crimes in their jurisdictions.

It is unclear that a President Trump would respect the Constitution any more than President Obama has.  Given Trump's apparent lack of a high school civics level understanding of how our government works, I fear he actually represents a greater threat to the Constitution and our federal system than what we've experienced the last seven years.


Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter much as appeals to the "rightness" of an action are only opinions these days. Obama has blurred in the same fashion as FDR what the words intended to limit government mean. Pelosi is currently more correct in her view that Congress is Parliament. President as King seems to be quite ok with Republicans....haven't seen any articles of impeachment from those politically correct toadies.
Lots of things are going wrong. Trump might be just the guy to preside over the ending of liberalism as it falls apart under the weight of its own contradictions.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the Republican River also known as Shit Creek? Ballard is a Republican? etc. etc.

LamLawIndy said...

It's pretty clear that Mr. Trump is Clintonesque in that he tells a given audience what it wants to hear yet lacks the acuity of Clinton in understanding what is possible in our system of federalism.

Anonymous said... This is little different than the Indiana Establishment preferring Donnelly to Murdock. It is pretty funny that to induce a gag reflex into Marion County Republicans one need only show them the Indiana Republican Platform. Kristol's old man, like most of the neo conservatives (so called) in the Republican column (for convenience's sake) were former Marxists. They were not infused with American values but saw the utility of using Americans for their ends. What is a poor Military/Industrial Complex to do when the Communists were defeated? Well, you go to Orwell and discover that new enemies can be created and the looting of the taxpayers can continue unabated. Yeah, and what's the point of having a fine military if you don't use it?
Keeping the sheep moving and in fear of what are basically tiny sheep dogs is the politics of today. We made ISIS? We looted $30,000,000,000 from the Benghazi area ganging up on a third rate dictator and leaving chaos behind. Saddam was such an evil guy but we needed an exterior threat. Assad is the latest prop to be used by the stupid Republicans like McCain, Graham, and the other Republican chicken hawks (with little to no experience themselves of war).

Anonymous said... The hit pieces coming in fast now as the snakes recoil.....

Anonymous said... Two hit pieces on the same day! A new low for the wsj and maybe the neo con Kristol and his ilk fear to be made of no consequence.