Democrats are urging Trump to take on increasingly dictatorial powers in a thinly-veiled attempt to set him up for later investigations into misuse of power. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is pushing the President to overthrow America’s constitutional, federal order and usurp powers from each state in the fight against COVID-19.
Schumer is also pushing the president to force the military to take over the production of vital medical equipment. How the military is better skilled at manufacturing than private enterprise, which is currently doing a fine job, is anyone’s guess. All capable manufacturers are currently enjoying unprecedented government support.
.@SenSchumer: “We need the president to invoke the Defense Production Act … And the DPA allows a military leader, the military, to take over the factories and supply chains and then the same person can distribute the materials, the PPEs, the ventilators, the masks." pic.twitter.com/dE0QfjPnRK
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 5, 2020
Dems want Trump to trample on the constitution
Federalism is an example of the basic management principle of delegation. Each state faces different challenges in the fight on the coronavirus and faces them on a unique timeline. A centralized, big-government approach risks all the failings of a one-size-fits-all approach. By sticking to the constitutional, federalist approach, President Trump is ensuring that resources are allocated when and where they are most needed.
Trump’s principled approach preserves America’s role as a beacon of democracy to the rest of the world. It also contrasts with the authoritarian measures often taken elsewhere. Serbia saw 24-hour lockdowns over the weekend. Anyone caught leaving their home risked three years’ in prison. Arrests have already been made.
Hungary’s President Orban has used the pandemic to grab full dictatorial power for an indefinite period.
In the Philippines, President Duterte announced that violators of that country’s lockdown will be shot on sight.
President Trump has left lockdown orders to the discretion of state governors. He has resisted Democrats’ calls for Bolshevik nationalization of the economy. Rather than attempting to restrict the media, he has shifted his engagement with it into a higher gear.
Critics can’t decide, is Trump too dictatorial or not enough?
Trump’s critics can’t decide if he is being too dictatorial or not dictatorial enough in the fight against COVID-19. On Sunday, EWTN White House Correspondent Owen Jensen pushed the President for a full shutdown of businesses nationwide, including mainstays like grocery stories.
Video: As many people have already pointed out on here, a reporter actually asked Trump about shutting down essential businesses like grocery stores. Seriously.
Here that was. pic.twitter.com/Eg4uJ9v52G
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 6, 2020
Meanwhile, comedy writer Larry David claimed that the ‘worst dictators in history have more redeeming qualities than Trump,’ citing Josef Stalin as an example.
Ohio State Representative Tavia Galonski has even ‘vowed’ to take President Trump to the International Court for Human Rights in the Hauge for crimes against humanity. In Galonski’s mind, Trump’s comments during a press conference in support of using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 are tantamount to genocide.
In contrast, Democratic State Representative Karen Whitsett has, in no uncertain terms, given credit to Trump”s promotion of hydroxychloroquine for saving her life after contracting COVID-19.