The Ins and Outs of America’s Shrug at the Threat to Democracy
The White Rose flag, which is flown in the House of Representatives, has flown since 1775 for the purpose of symbolizing the United States and the principles of freedom and democracy. On June 1, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution in support of Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration by people from seven Muslim-majority countries. The White House has indicated the intent of the ban on travel from these seven countries, which is likely to be followed by a second executive order, is directed at Muslims. It is a direct assault on US democracy and the freedoms of the American people. Will the American people stand up to protect democracy and freedom? Or will they allow the government to intimidate its citizens as it has in the past, by using tactics that have no historical precedent, by making threats that do not exist and by violating constitutional rights of citizenship. It is not the first time that this president has attacked democracy through a series of executive orders.
In September of 2013, the president passed a series of three executive orders that were signed by his predecessor and were designed to expand on the unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act of 2008. This bill, passed under the auspices of the president’s signature on the New Deal, declared that the U.S. military should be allowed to continue a military campaign in Afghanistan regardless of its futility or consequences. The bill went on to expand the military budget to the tune of $3 trillion.
On March 16, 2015, Trump signed an executive order granting a green card to any of the estimated 1.2 million illegal aliens in the United States. He issued this order in direct violation of the US Constitution which establishes that no person can be an American citizen unless he or she is a natural born citizen.
On January 31, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order suspending the birthright citizenship of his birth children. This executive order was issued directly in violation of the US Constitution which says that no person born in the U.S. can be deprived of their citizenship without their consent. Under a presidential decree issued on his authority, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared it a federal crime to have or bring a gun into the U.S. when it would be unlawful for all children born within U.S. borders.
On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order imposing a 90-day moratorium on refugees entering the United States. Trump