President Trump’s remarks to the press while speaking in the rose garden were in the realm of common sense. Not that I never scrutinize anything he says or does (I think for myself and disagree with him on many fronts), but the southern border wall is unfortunately present need.
We Shouldn’t Need a Wall
I honestly don’t like the idea of a wall. I would rather see the US government SHRINK substantially by getting rid of welfare, public education, and state-controlled healthcare. By giving power back to the private sector and allowing for the natural consequences that follow in a free society—liberty is secured.
The wall is only necessary if all else fails, and it did because of socialist policies. We have a ridiculous government-freebee program called welfare handouts. Many of these people are coming over to the United States with knowledge that they will get taken care of without having to work much.
Our ancestors who came here generations ago, came on their own dime. Many were often poor and broke, but they arrived with a can-do spirit to work hard and make a life for themselves, to which they often did.
Congressional Approval or National Emergency
A reporter (at 52:00 min in this video) asked President Trump if he needed Congressional authorization to build the wall or if declaring a state of national emergency was an option. Trump replied that he had thought about it, and if need be he could initiate construction of the border under national emergency conditions.
He is correct. Executive authority is responsible for fundamental measures such as national security. The balance of powers in the Constitution enable ‘wiggle room’ within all three branches (Executive, Congressional, and Judicial). The Founders knew this design would often spark controversy regarding the rights that each branch of government could yield.
The three branches have fundamentally different responsibilities—but with plenty of overlap. The courts may strike down an executive order as unconstitutional, but the Congress can then just go ahead and change a law that affects judicial swing.
The Press was Unreasonably Brutish as Usual
This country is suffering a spiritual crisis due to a lack of virtue and higher awareness. I say this because the culture has gotten greatly inflamed in its rhetoric, mannerisms, and sense of common decency. Language is getting fowl as a norm, which is concerning. Years ago people in public forums never talked the way they often do today, cussing and using profanity, especially in front of children.
Now, it’s even in the Congress. Newly elected freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib sparked fury with her profane remarks after being sworn in to office. Thus, some members of the press at this Rose Garden meeting (see video below) were a little belligerent. Such poor character is a sign of childish, petulant immaturity.
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