WASHINGTON – After weeks of threatening to declare a national emergency for his controversial border wall, President Donald Trump finally did it.
The moment the president declares a “national emergency”—a decision that is entirely within his discretion—he is able to set aside many of the legal limits on his authority.—more than 100 special provisions become available to him. While many of these tee up reasonable responses to genuine emergencies, some appear dangerously suited to a leader bent on amassing or retaining power. For instance, the president can, with the flick of his pen, activate laws allowing him to shut down many kinds of electronic communications inside the United States or freeze Americans’ bank accounts. Other powers are available even without a declaration of emergency, including laws that allow the president to deploy troops inside the country to subdue domestic unrest.
The president signed a bipartisan spending bill to avert another government shutdown Friday. That bill includes $1.375 billion for his border wall, far short of the $5.7 billion he initially requested. The national emergency and other measures will free up $8 billion – far more than the $5.7 billion he initially demanded – to free up funding for 234 miles of bollard wall, the White House said.
What Would Happen if DONALD TRUMP Declare Martial Law
What Would Happen Under Martial Law In The United States?
What Is Martial Law?
To put it simply, martial law is defined as the suspension of ordinary law and the imposition of direct government (and almost always military) control over the population. In other words, the government will act as the courts and the police all at once, and they will use the military and law enforcement to enforce whatever they should decree. If when you think of the term ‘martial law’ you also think of tanks rolling through your streets and National Guard or military units swarming in and setting up checkpoints left and right, that’s honestly not too far off from what martial law would look like.
What Would Happen If Martial Law Were Declared?
What would happen if martial law were declared in your city or potentially even across the whole country? Well, there are a number of things that are going to happen when martial law happens (whether it be declared officially or happen unofficially, as was the case with Hurricane Katrina), and none of them are very pretty.
SUSPENSION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
Your Constitutional rights will no longer protect you when martial law is declared. This includes the right to free speech and freedom of religion, the right to a free press, the right to a quick and speedy trial, and of course, to the right to keep and bear arms. Simply put, under martial law, it will be as if the Constitution never existed. You will need to be extremely careful about what you say and what you do. If you speak out against the authorities in public, you’ll find yourself in serious trouble.
PROPAGANDA WILL BE EVERYWHERE
Without a free press, the only ‘news’ you’ll be hearing is what the government wants you to hear. In other words, you’ll be hearing nothing but propaganda, not only in the form of signs and newspapers on the street, but even through the internet and social media a swell.
GUNS WILL BE CONFISCATED
The government will move quickly to confiscate firearms because they will view an armed civilian population as being a serious threat. No guns will be left alone. If you think that only semi-automatics will be confiscated, you’re dead wrong. All guns, including single shot rifles or shotguns commonly used for hunting, will be taken as well. This is exactly what happened in the virtual martial law during Hurricane Katrina. Law enforcement units went from door to door and forcibly confiscated hundreds of thousands of firearms of all types.
Your best bet will be to hide your guns as best you can. There are a number of hiding places in your home and some concealable gun safes to help you hide your guns, and you can always try burying them out in the backyard, but you can guarantee that the government will come knocking on the door for you guns during martial law.
OTHER SUPPLIES WILL BE CONFISCATED
Guns are not the only things that will be confiscated during martial law. The government is also going to move to take away food and water as well. Now why would they do this?
Simple: to control the population. With running water being shut off and food being confiscated, people will be totally dependent on the government for survival. There will be long lines for food, water, and medicine, and you may even be required to join those lines, which will make survival more difficult.
The White House expects to pull the funds from a few places, including military construction cash, asset forfeiture funds at Department of Treasury and drug interdiction money at the Department of Defense.
The United States could soon become a large-scale Spain or Greece, teetering on the edge of financial ruin.
That’s according to Donald Trump, who painted a very ugly picture of where this country is headed. Trump made the comments during a recent appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
According to Trump, the United States is no longer a rich country. “When you’re not rich, you have to go out and borrow money. We’re borrowing from the Chinese and others. We’re up to $16 trillion in debt.”
He goes on to point out that the downgrade of U.S. debt is inevitable.
Donald Trump Tells Americans to Prepare for “Financial Ruins“
A state of emergency is a situation in which a government is empowered to perform actions that it would normally not be permitted. A government can declare such state during a disaster, civil unrest, or armed conflict. Such declaration alerts citizens to change their normal behavior and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans. Justitium is its equivalent in Roman law—a concept in which the senate could put forward a final decree (senatus consultum ultimum) that was not subject to dispute.
States of emergency can also be used as a rationale or pretext for suspending rights and freedoms guaranteed under a country’s constitution or basic law. The procedure for and legality of doing so vary by country.
Will the U.S Economy Collapse?
The U.S. economy’s size makes it resilient. It is highly unlikely that even these events could create a collapse. When necessary, the government can act quickly to avoid a total collapse.
The Federal Reserve can avoid a financial collapse with a few phone calls. For example, it can use its contractionary monetary tools to tame hyperinflation. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation insures banks. There is chance of a banking collapse similar to that in the 1930s.
How Close Are We to a Total Economic Collapse?
Any of the following seven scenarios could create an economic collapse.
If the U.S. dollar rapidly loses value, it would create hyperinflation.
A bank run could force banks to close or even go out of business, cutting off lending and even cash withdrawals.
The internet could become paralyzed with a super-virus, preventing emails and online transactions.
Terrorist attacks or a massive oil embargo could halt interstate trucking. Grocery stores would soon run out of food.
Widespread violence erupts across the nation. That could range from inner-city riots, a civil war, or a foreign military attack. It’s possible that a combination of these events could overwhelm the government’s ability to prevent or respond to a collapse.
Some believe the Federal Reserve, the president, or an international conspiracy are driving the United States toward economic ruin. If that’s the case, the economy could collapse in as little as a week. The economy is run on confidence that debts will be repaid, food and gas will be available when you need it, and that you’ll get paid for this week’s work. If a large enough piece of that stops for even several days, it creates a chain reaction that leads to a rapid collapse.
Natural disasters could cause a localized collapse. If Hurricane Irma had hit Miami, its damage would have been worse than Katrina. If the 2019 polar vortex breakup had lasted weeks instead of days, cities would have shut down. Many of these extreme weather events are getting worse thanks to global warming.
How to Prepare for an Economic Collapse
Protecting yourself from a collapse is difficult. A catastrophic failure can happen without warning. In most crises, people survive through their knowledge, wits, and by helping each other.
Make sure you understand basic economic concepts so you can see warning signs of instability. One of the first signs is a stock market crash. If it’s bad enough, a market crash can cause a recession.
Keep as many assets as liquid as possible so that you can withdraw them within a week.
As for cash, it may not be useful in a total economic collapse because its value might be decimated. Stockpiles of gold bullion may not help because they would be difficult to transport if you needed to move quickly. In a severe collapse, they may not be accepted as currency. But it would be good to have a stash of $20 bills and gold coins, just in case. During many crisis situations, these are commonly accepted as bribes.
In addition to your regular job, make sure you have skills that you’d need in a traditional economy, such as farming, cooking, or repair.
Make sure your passport is current in case you’d need to leave the country on short notice. Research target countries now and travel there on vacation, so you are familiar with your destination.
Keep yourself in top physical shape. Know basic survival skills, such as self-defense, foraging, hunting, and starting a fire. Practice now with camping trips. If you can, move near a wildlife preserve in a temperate climate. That way, if a collapse occurs, you can live off the land in a relatively unpopulated area.