The Next Democratic President Can Undo Everything Trump Has Done
by John Lawrence, May 15, 2018
The next election for President of the US is only two years away, folks. Just like Trump has endeavored to undo everything Obama did, If a Democrat is elected in 2020, he or she can undo everything Trump has done. This would include rejoining the Paris climate change accords and rejoining the Iran nuclear deal if the other signatories can hold that deal together until 2020. So he or she can restore the Obama era changes and make them operative again. Of course the next Republican President can undo all that and go back to Trumpism. Is this any way to run a government? Of course not.
Trump's war on the environment can be changed. Also his war on the poor can be changed. His tax giveaways to the rich can be changed. However, is this back and forth see sawing action by the US a desirable state of affairs? I don't think so. Somewhere along the line the US has to go back to consistency again. Otherwise, you've got two warring factions within one country and no consensus about anything. It's the civil war all over again except without the actual fighting. If the Congress ever became functional again, some of these Presidential maneuvers could be cast in cement, I suppose. Then it would take an act of Congress to reverse them.
Business Insider reports:
President Trump has signed a number of executive actions since he took the oath of office on January 20th. The orders and memoranda range from freezing all pending regulations until his administration approved them, to a controversial immigration order barring citizens and refugees from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the US.
What is an executive order?
An executive order is a "directive by the president to the officers and officials of the executive branch," Columbia law professor and former Associate Counsel to President Jimmy Carter, Philip Bobbitt told Business Insider.
While the president can't order private citizens to specifically do something, they are still affected by executive orders insofar as their interactions with executive officials. "They do have the effect of law," Bobbitt explained.
Can an executive order be reversed?
Both the legislative and judicial branches have the power to reverse an executive order.
If the president issues an executive order in accordance with a law passed by the legislative branch and Congress disagrees, they can pass a bill clarifying the law. However, the president has the power of the veto, in which case Congress would have to override the veto with a two-thirds majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
If, however, an executive order pertains to the president's independent constitutional responsibilities, then only the courts can reverse it. Bobbitt uses the example of Emancipation Proclamation, an executive order issued by Abraham Lincoln in accordance with his power as commander-in-chief. While Congress did not have the power to override that order, the courts could have declared it unconstitutional.
More recently, the courts blocked President Obama's 2014 executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to work legally in the US. The 2016 Supreme Court decision was deadlocked (only eight justices voted as there was a seat left vacant by Justice Scalia's death earlier that year). The tie meant that a lower court's decision that Obama likely exceeded his executive authority stopped the plan from being implemented.
So Trumpism isn't the end of the world as we've known it. It's just important that the ignorant know nothings that elected Trump not be allowed to run the country and vote their preferences into office at every election. We need more progressive people in office, and the only way to get them there is for more progressive people to vot.