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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:36 PM

'Shock Doctrine' Author Naomi Klein Worries 'What Next?' If Trump Succeeds....

'Shock Doctrine' Author Naomi Klein Worries 'What Next?' If Trump Succeeds in Inventing a 'National Emergency'

From the article:

As a result of creating a fake crisis in order to appease his far-right base and achieve a policy goal that has majority public opposition, President Donald Trump continues to threaten to declare a "national emergency" as a way to commandeer military funds in order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

But even as experts debate whether or not Trump has the authority to make such a declaration—and consensus that an immediate legal battle would ensue—author and activist Naomi Klein on Thursday morning expressed worry that if the president is allowed to get away with such anti-democratic maneuvers, what would stop him from repeating the tactics in the future.

Klein's statement of concern came in response to a new story on the issue by Charlie Savage at the New York Times – one which noted that "If the president does invoke emergency powers to circumvent Congress, it would be an extraordinary violation of constitutional norms — and establish a precedent for presidents who fail to win approval for funding a policy goal."


To read more:

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/10/shock-doctrine-author-naomi-klein-worries-what-next-if-trump-succeeds-inventing?cd-

Clearly the strategy of governing by national emergency will result in a de facto dictatorship.


The question becomes, are there enough GOP Congressmembers with the integrity to stand up to this would be dictator?

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Reply 'Shock Doctrine' Author Naomi Klein Worries 'What Next?' If Trump Succeeds.... (Original post)
guillaumeb Jan 11 OP
zaj Jan 11 #1
guillaumeb Jan 11 #5
ProudMNDemocrat Jan 11 #2
guillaumeb Jan 11 #6
empedocles Jan 11 #3
guillaumeb Jan 11 #7
Achilleaze Jan 11 #4
Turbineguy Jan 11 #8
guillaumeb Jan 11 #9
bdamomma Jan 11 #10
malaise Jan 11 #11
guillaumeb Jan 11 #12
kentuck Jan 11 #13
guillaumeb Jan 11 #14

Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:41 PM

1. The GOP has become the party of dictatorship.

It's the only path they have left given demographic changes and their addiction to large money donors.

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Response to zaj (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:51 PM

5. Agreed.

The GOP cannot win fairly, so they cheat.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:43 PM

2. The answer is NO...

From Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy, there no Republicans willing to do the right thing for the people they serve or the country as a whole.

They are afraid of Trump and what he would do to them if they defied him. Which is why Democrats are standing up to him.

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:52 PM

6. I hope that you are wrong,

but my fear is that you are correct.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:45 PM

3. Very timely thread. The ''Shock Doctrine" concept is where disaster happens, or

is caused, there is great opportunity for profit - by the powerful, often wrongful, at the expense of everyone else.

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Response to empedocles (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:53 PM

7. And the shock will cause people to freeze, and evaluate.

The Reichstag fire.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:49 PM

4. k and r

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:59 PM

8. Create a national emergency and have

the taxpayers pay trump's debts to the Russians.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:00 PM

9. Nicely said.

The real emergency is that there is a lunatic in the White House.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:27 PM

10. K&R

nt

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:46 PM

11. All the data shows that there is no crisis

The media needs to say it over and over - Democrats cannot give in to a fake crisis with one aim - pandering to white supremacists like the Con.

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Response to malaise (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:48 PM

12. There is, for the GOP, a real crisis.

The white soup in the American melting pot is turning brown.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:45 PM

13. In other words, a dictator?

If it violates "constitutional norms", it violates the law or the land.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:56 PM

14. We agree.

Trump obviously sees himself as above any laws, and recognizes no legal constraints.

And the GOP in Congress refuses, at this point, to exercise their duty.

What will the SCOTUS do?

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