Chairman Donald Trump has become what he detests: a socialist. It happened when he tweeted that American companies are "herby ordered to immediately" figure out how to pull out of China.
Ordered?? Who the hell does he think he is? Mao? Lenin? Castro? Maduro?
A central precept of socialism as defined by its father, Karl Marx, is state control of the means of production. Under socialism, the government runs private industry, or what remains of it, if any. The state orders
industry to go here or there, do this or that. Or, as it appears to be from Trump's "order," to get out of China.
His failure to understand the complexity of the "supply chain" that American industry relies upon to get their components from China and other countries reveals a simpleton's mind.
But more troubling is Trump's simpleminded understanding of the president's powers, the separation of powers, private property rights, due process and more.
The idea that he can single-handily order private actions without legal, legislative or judicial authority puts him in the same league as the far-left, extremist, socialists who are running for president on the Democratic ticket. That he apparently doesn't grasp that he has gone off the rails chills my bones.
Nor did Trump back off from his assertion on Saturday, declaring
For all of the Fake News Reporters that don’t have a clue as to what the law is relative to Presidential powers, China, etc., try looking at the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977. Case closed!
Trump, in turn, ought to check out the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. et al. v. Sawyer. It stemmed from President Harry Truman's order during the Korean War for the government to seize and operate most of the country’s steel mills based on national security. All nine of the justices were appointed by Truman or FDR, yet six of them blocked the seizure of the steel industry.
Where, I wonder, are all the conservative, strict constitutionalist, free market champions who aren't rising in outrage?
- Stock market not enamored with Trump ordering around the private sector.
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