KER Politics – Mon 5 Nov, 2018

Would Trump rule by decree if he could.

Big Al finds some of Harlan’s comments to be quite thought provoking. Harlan asks the question “does Trump intend to rule by decree? Harlan’s question takes the Trump method of governing one step beyond and is definitely worth consideration.

This is one issue that I would certainly like to know what you all think so please let me know.

Presidential suppressors: Trump would rule by decree if he could


Harlan Ullman, Arnaud de Borchgrave Distinguished Columnist
President Donald Trump has made an absurd threat to sign an executive order to alter the 14th Amendment of the Constitution by redefining birthplace citizenship so that children born here of illegal immigrants are not granted automatic citizenship. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo
Nov. 5 is an appropriate date to discuss how not to seize power or disrupt government. On that day in 1605, Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up James I and the English Parliament in what became known as “gunpowder, treason and plot.” He failed.
Today, Donald Trump has threatened by executive order to alter the 14th Amendment of the Constitution by redefining birthplace citizenship so that children born here of illegal immigrants are not granted automatic citizenship. This threat is absurd as some members of the president’s party have noted. Yet, one wonders if this is not a signal on the president’s part for how he intends to govern over the next two and possible six years of his administration.Trump is an accomplished actor, something that was never attributed to Ronald Reagan, who after all grew up in that profession. So this act to use executive action is either as delusional as the plot to blow up Parliament was or a very clever deception and misdirection play beyond shifting the political debate the week prior to the by-elections in which words substitute for Fawkes’ gunpowder. However, this promise also could be a hint about the president’s future intent to make America great.Commentators have satirized the president’s idea of using an executive order, suggesting that the mouthpieces to make these extra-constitutional changes will be Breitbart and Fox News. But to push this theater of the ridiculous further, suppose the president has a post-election strategy regardless of whomever wins control of Congress and whether or not the promised “red” and “blue” waves materialize.

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Since the president is keen to govern by executive order, why not issue one that will empower him to make America great. He could call them Supreme Presidential Series of Executive Orders, or “Suppressors” for short. What might such a memo direct in terms of constitutional changes to conform with the president’s idea of governing?

Memo for: The American Public From: The President of the United States Subject: Supreme Presidential Series of Executive Orders (Suppressors)

Effective immediately, in order to make America Great and to correct the errors of the past that have prevented achieving this greatness and will allow government to work again, I am altering the Constitution as follows by decree:

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In the Preamble, delete “We the People” and substitute “I Donald J. Trump, in order to form a more perfect union….”

Reverse Article I (The Legislative) with Article II (The Executive ) so that the Executive is the new Article I and hence the most dominant branch of government. In new Article I, delete Section 1, paragraph 7 so that the emolument clause no longer applies. The reason is that no president should be prevented from making money from prior work.

In Section 2, add new paragraphs 4 so that the president will have the authority to determine how, when and where all appropriated monies shall be spent and new subparagraph 5 that authorizes the president to appoint without Senate advice and consent all judges for less than lifetime appointments. The reason: Congress has been incapable of budget discipline and a good businessman is needed to ensure we spend wisely and that judges will agree.

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In new Article II on the Legislature, amend Section 2-5, such that the president “will choose” the speaker of the House. In Section 3-6, impeachment and conviction of a president will require unanimous vote in which not less than 3/4 of all members must participate. Amend 7-2 on spending to confirm with new presidential powers and 8-1 to permit the president to set all migration policies. The reasons are obvious.

In Article III on the Judiciary, Section 2-3 permits trial by jury except for “enemies of the state” as specified by the president.

Change the First Amendment so that free speech is not extended to “enemies of the state.” Simplify the Second Amendment as there is no “well-regulated militia” to read “All citizens have the right to bear and carry arms.” Modify the Fourth Amendment on search and seizure such that “enemies of the state” have no such rights.

Streamline the Constitution by eliminating the Seventh Amendment on requiring jury trials for any amount in excess of $20; and the 18th and 21st Amendments that prohibited consumption of alcohol and then repealed it; and the 22nd Amendment that limits a president to two elected terms.

And finally, add a new amendment that grants all other unspecified powers to the presidency. The only way America can win in the 21st century is through strong executive leadership that only I can bring.

/s/ Donald J. Trump

Harlan Ullman is UPI’s Arnaud de Borchgrave Distinguished Columnist. His latest book is “Anatomy of Failure: Why America Has Lost Every War It Starts.” Follow him @harlankullman.

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  1. On November 5, 2018 at 2:16 pm,
    CFS says:

    “Since the president is keen to govern by executive order, why not issue one that will empower him to make America great. He could call them Supreme Presidential Series of Executive Orders, or “Suppressors” for short. What might such a memo direct in terms of constitutional changes to conform with the president’s idea of governing?”

    Because the President of the U.S. is limited in his powers by both the Constitution and US Code.

    He is the head executive that make sure underlings carry out the laws as enacted.
    He has freedom only when so empowered by the Constitution or the legislature.
    He has some leeway as to interpretation, but even that is limited.

    His leadership is by the bully pulpit to persuade legislative action, not executive order.

    • On November 5, 2018 at 3:30 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Of course CFS. That is why I really did not understand Harlan’s article at all.

  2. On November 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm,
    CFS says:

    As regards stopping illegal immigration and chain, that is within his powers. For almost
    200 years the citizenship by birth in the US was determined differently (and in my opinion correctly); it was only only deliberate misinterpretation by the Democrats (in order to get more votes from new citizens) that changed things.

    It is disgusting that any party would be content to socially destroy and bankrupt the country in order to obtain power.

    • On November 5, 2018 at 9:06 pm,
      Big Al says:

      And, there you have the philosophy of the Democrats the party which I predict will be the looser tomorrow.

  3. On November 5, 2018 at 2:38 pm,
    irishtony says:

    Leave the American Constitution as it stands .
    It was writen by wise founders of The United States , with forward thinking braines .
    The US , & ( indeed the rest of the world ) would not be in the mess it is today , if the politicians , over the decades , had adhered to it .
    What destroyed the US Constitution was the founding of the FED . That one act gave ultimate power to a tiny group on non Americans.
    Thus making all further elected governments sterile.

    • On November 5, 2018 at 3:21 pm,
      Big Al says:

      I am not sure that all further elected governments are sterile, but the Fed certainly make the U.S. federal government weaker.

    • On November 5, 2018 at 5:22 pm,
      CFS says:

      The creation of the Fed was unconstitutional.
      As is fiat money itself.

  4. On November 5, 2018 at 3:03 pm,
    CFS says:

    Earlier this year, Sanders introduced a big and comprehensive “Medicare for All” proposal that would create a government-controlled health care system at the national level. The plan has gained momentum among Senate Democrats, but has also slammed into a fiscal reality check.

    Three independent estimates from a diverse range of health care economists and policy analysts have highlighted the enormous additional cost of Sanders’ proposal. The liberal Urban Institute estimated that the 10-year costs would amount to a stunning $32 trillion, while the conservative Mercatus Center at George Mason University put the cost at $32.6 trillion.

    • On November 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm,
      irishtony says:

      NO PROBLEM………….Just steal it from the MIC.

    • On November 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm,
      Big Al says:

      We have been told over and over again that the plan simply does not pencil.

      • On November 5, 2018 at 7:49 pm,
        Dick Tracy says:

        Imagine the health care system The US could have if 90% of the money spent on the military was earmarked for healthcare. That would mean no foreign wars, no wounded warriors, and no PTSD. The savings for society and the improvements in medical care would be immeasurable. DT

        • On November 5, 2018 at 8:57 pm,
          Big Al says:

          Where there you go. I agree with you Mr. Tracy

  5. On November 5, 2018 at 5:18 pm,
    CFS says:

    It seems to me that one of the best attributes of homo sapiens, is the ability to recognize the benefits that may accrue from deferred gratification of some desires, to hold back part of your income to meet unexpected future needs. I often think that there is a correlation between deferred gratification and intelligence.
    It worries me when governments deliberately encourage needless over-spending in the present, presumably to make the economy “look better”.
    It worries me even more when people, not only never consider delayed gratification, but borrow even more to buy things they want, but don’t need,
    It worries me the most when governments borrow money basically for the purpose of buying votes via government hand-outs.
    Society has changed in the last two or three generations….frugality or living within one’s means is rarely discussed nowadays. Instead rate of borrowing, interest rates, debt are the topics of the day.
    The Fed says they have to raise rates, so they can lower them when the economy stalls, but the very act of raising rates WILL stall the economy.
    What kind of insane logic does the Fed use?
    Sure, the Fed has made the economy expand by injecting money via extremely low interest rates, but that expansion SHOULD have come from savings due to delaying gratification during the good times. Now, sooner or later that injection of money in excess of increases in production WILL come back to haunt us as price inflation.
    I guess I am sick of society and government that only thinks in the present, and never considers the future consequences of current actions. At least Trump appears to have the ability to think ahead in some of the best interests of the Country. As far as I can tell Democrats give not a hoot for the future; they only think of what might give them more votes, more money, more power.

    • On November 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm,
      Big Al says:

      I, as usual, agree with much of your comment my friend. The future consequences of current actions are never or at least usually never considered by member of our society.

  6. On November 5, 2018 at 7:19 pm,
    Buzz says:

    Love Trump Ivanka runway CATWALK!!!

  7. On November 5, 2018 at 7:44 pm,
    buzz says:

    & trump the chumps

    • On November 5, 2018 at 9:02 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Sorry Buzz, I don’t understand your comment at all. Please explain it to Stupid me.

    • On November 5, 2018 at 9:03 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Sorry Buzz, I don’t understand this comment either. Please explain.

      • On November 6, 2018 at 3:32 am,
        buzz says:

        I think it means Republicans will hold the house.

        • On November 6, 2018 at 11:19 am,
          Big Al says:

          Thanks for the clarification Buzz. I certainly hope that you are correct.

  8. On November 5, 2018 at 9:19 pm,
    Chartster says:

    What a bunch of nonsense. Trump is getting the Supreme Court to define the 14th amendment, because it needs redefining!
    (a) immigrants here legally (with green card) aplying for citizenship should be able to have children that are legal.
    (b) people here illegally (illegal aliens) AND their illegal offspring should not be legal citizens!

    Keep it simple, stupid!

    • On November 5, 2018 at 9:37 pm,
      Big Al says:

      Thank you Chartster, I agree and I keep it simple so thanks for not putting me in the stupid category.

      • On November 6, 2018 at 5:00 am,
        Chartster says:

        The KISS comment was more of a blanket covering the court that interpreted the 14th amendment in a stupid communist way. And the people that believe that crap. And the spin doctors that try to sway the shiny-ball-watchers from the truth.

        I love the way Trump exposes everyone!

        On another note:
        MSNBC busted by publishing the vote rigging in Florida, a wee bit early.

        • On November 6, 2018 at 11:18 am,
          Big Al says:


          It will be very interesting to see if there is any reaction to the error made by MSNBC,

          Secondly, I too like the way that President Trump exposes a lot of sources who prior to his election got a free ride.

          Best to you.

    • On November 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm,
      CFS says:

      14 th Amendment in part reads:
      “Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

      the key phrase is “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof”
      If you are in the US legally (e.g. as a green card holder, you are under the sovereign jurisdiction thereof, regardless of applying for citizenship.)
      If you are in the US illegally, you remain under the sovereign jurisdiction of your own nationality.

      • On November 6, 2018 at 11:21 am,
        Big Al says:

        Thanks for the clarification, Professor.

    • On November 6, 2018 at 11:23 am,
      Big Al says:

      Yes Chartster, Keep it simple, stupid.

      Did you see the comment above from CFS?

      • On November 7, 2018 at 3:31 am,
        Chartster says:

        Yes, I saw that. CFS was quoting the constitution text.
        It’s a tragedy how these judges and congress get away with their Marxist interpretations of the constitution. The tragedy is the American people’s inability (low IQ) to know the difference.
        Thank God for Donald Trump for doing the right thing. America has needed a man like him for over 150 years.

  9. On November 5, 2018 at 10:15 pm,
    CFS says:

    e.g. Green card holders could be drafted during the Vietnam war.

    On the other hand illegals have not severed legal jurisdiction ties to their home country.
    e.g Americans that went to Canada to escape the draft could still be prosecuted if/when they returned to the US, even after the draft had ended.

    • On November 6, 2018 at 11:20 am,
      Big Al says:

      Good point CFS. I don’t believe that any prosecution occurred. Do you happen to know!