Elie Mystal is deeply disturbed at how cavalierly the press and public is treating the talk that Donald Trump might declare a national emergency so as to foist his stupid wall on the polity. An excerpt; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).
Well, we should be all terrified, but many people are not. Trump has successfully played the media into talking about Trump’s authority to declare a national emergency as if it’s just one tool among many to “break the stalemate.” Anybody with a working historical knowledge about THE DEATH OF REPUBLICS (sic) knows that strongmen taking on emergency powers when there is no “emergency” is a terminal cancer to representative self-government. Anybody who is from a country that had a democracy and lost it knows this is where things start to go irrevocably wrong. But America is a young country filled with uneducated and easily distracted people.
I commend the complete post to your attention.