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Trump’s veto of House bill to end State of Emergency for the wall shows more bravado than common sense


Fear is a powerful motivator, and leaders throughout history have used it to shape popular opinion, motivate obedience, and dupe the public.

The fearful cries President Donald J. Trump amplifies from his entourage about the threats on the southern border pose a hauntingly dark shadow over an already bleak four years in the United States Presidency.

Trump assembled an array of “credible” witnesses and supporters as he proudly vetoed the declaration that would render his National Emergency Declaration useless.

The House drafted the rejection of Trump’s declaration, passed it, and won a 59-41 pass in the Senate, garnering support from 12 republican senators. However, to override the veto, the House and the Senate have to pass the legislation to reverse the emergency declaration with a two-thirds vote in each chamber.

Congress is currently in recess, and hopefully republicans are listening to their 12 colleagues, since they have a tendency to demonize democrats regardless of what they propose.

Democrats and republicans in the House and the Senate have agreed on funding legislation that places more money on border security technology and manpower rather than the construction of a physical barrier.

However, Trump is more set on fulfilling campaign promises than listening to newly elected people who represent a broader and more diverse cross-section of the American populace.

His agenda outweighs the majority opinion of the American people, and the facts that he uses to support the alleged necessity of the wall are not facts at all.

Trump and those who surrounded the desk at which he sat when he vetoed the attempt to block his emergency declaration, characterized immigrants as an imminent threat to the American people. He said they bring crime, drugs, and human trafficking to the U.S. He stated an open border would occur if he did not veto the resolution passed by Congress.

In a collection of statistics on immigration, Brookings Research institute cited TRAC in a pie chart marking the number of immigrants from South America who actually commit crimes in America.

Of the people charged, only .01 percent were charged with a threat to national security, 1.76 percent were charged with an aggravated felony, 4.24 percent with other lesser crimes, and 86.57 percent were charged with violating immigration laws, which are not violent crimes involving drugs or trafficking.

The number of times terrorism played a part in a deportation case in 2017 was zero.

The wall is a physical testament to Trump’s ego and a false symbol of security for numerous people who have hung their hope on a false hero.

If Congress cannot garner the support needed to veto Trump’s reckless and unlimited use of taxpayer money — which is the reason why those 12 republicans chose to reject the emergency declaration — then the only other option is to wait to see what the courts say.

“Never before has a president asked for funding, Congress has not provided it, and the president then has used the National Emergencies Act of 1976 to spend the money anyway,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who said congressional authority to appropriate federal tax dollars is a “crucial source of our freedom. This declaration is a dangerous precedent,” he said.

Trump and his administration operate on a “by any means necessary” mentality under conditions that are suspect at every turn — from the inaccurate facts and exaggerated statistics to the dummied down and repetitive nature of his speech (as if the American public in general operates at a seventh grade level of thinking and communication), to the staged accolades of “common people” who stroke Trump’s ego such as those who surrounded him when he signed the veto.

We citizens have an obligation to reject this gross abuse of power and negligent spending of our taxpayer money. Oppose this national emergency by contacting your state senators and encouraging them to join the campaign to reject the emergency order.