Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Trump Defying Congressional Order to Impose Sanctions on Russia

It's been a bit since I've done a "Here's Fascism" post but this is one of these. I'm a tad freaked out right now.

Renewing sanctions on Russia this year passed overwhelmingly in the House and Senate. 413-3 and 98-2. This measure giving a deadline to Trump to impose sanctions on Russia. Passed by that much.

The deadline was yesterday.

Trump Administration Signals It Is Not Imposing New Sanctions On Russia

Trump, who wanted warmer ties with Moscow and had opposed the legislation as it worked its way through Congress, signed it reluctantly in August, just six months into his presidency. 
Under the measure, the administration faced a deadline on Monday to impose sanctions on anyone determined to conduct significant business with Russian defense and intelligence sectors, already sanctioned for their alleged role in the election. 
But citing long time frames associated with major defense deals, Nauert said it was better to wait to impose those sanctions. 
“From that perspective, if the law is working, sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent,” she said in a statement.

THAT IS NOT. HOW. IT WORKS.


What is happening here is that the checks and balances system that keeps any one part of government from taking over and giving itself all the power and imposing a dictatorship is collapsing because Trump is ignoring a direct order by the legislative branch of the U.S. government. They said "do this" and he said "nah."

UHHHHHH THIS IS NOT OKAY PEOPLE WOO WOO WOO ALARM HELLO THAT IS THE DEMOCRACY-IS-DYING ALARM PLEASE REACT.

But people won't react. In another time, this would have been a massive scandal and the American people would have demanded the president's head. Congress would have demanded his head. It would be all over the news. But today? A blip on fucking HuffPo. And this will signal to Trump that the U.S. is ready for dictatorship. We're going to let him do this. So now he can ignore any legislation passed by Congress. And why not the courts, too?

Are we done? Is America done with the whole freedom thing? I guess we are.

And the fact that this is over RUSSIA, because Trump wants to be friendly with Russia, oh my god, what the fuck, shit.

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