Let’s take a deeper look at what this means for those who have never actually paid attention to either history classes, government classes, or the Star Wars prequels. The executive in chief, i.e., Trump, thinks that he has the power of the pen to completely overwrite an amendment to the U. S. Constitution. The Supreme Court, who would be the ones to rule on that and smack him down are no longer beyond partisanship. And if done before the mid-term election next Tuesday, both the Senate and the House have shown zero backbone when it comes to standing up to this guy. In theory, and in worst case scenario, Trump signs this order, the Court backs him up in a classic 5-4 split, and… this establishes a new precedent where the Constitution no longer has meaning.
I want every citizen of the U. S. to really think about that. It sounds outlandish. It sounds improbable. This is how dictators seize power. This is how democracy dies.
One other point to consider here. If this order were to somehow stand, it also means that there would be no more citizens born in the U. S. Not ever. It starts here with babies born to non-citizens, but how long before that changes? Every single person born here would have to apply for citizenship. Those with the resources and the silver spoons, of course, would have the back channels cleared. The other 99% would be illegal upon birth. And any pregnant mother could conceivably be charged for smuggling in a non-registered person. This is the stuff of the worst dystopian sci-fi you’ve ever heard of.
This is not normal. This is a toddler on a power trip. Assuming we can pull him out of power at some point, whoever succeeds him will be in a position to use that same power to overwrite Constitutional amendments to pick off any other ones. But even before that happens, Trump would start with his nemesis, the press. Freedom of the press is Amendment One, along with speech, religion… you get the idea. Slavery? That could be reinstated. After all, people aren’t citizens anymore.
Given his horrific responses in the wake of the mail bombs and the synagogue shooting, does anyone else want to pretend that Trump isn’t a monster?
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