Author’s note: I don’t know for a certainty that the scenario described below will actually happen in a few years down the road, but it clearly could.
In a White House speech today (1-15-22), President Bernie Sanders declared a “national emergency” due to gun related deaths, irreversible environment changes, and unnecessary deaths due to lack of insurance. The White House press corps questioned him as to the need and constitutionality of his actions.
President Sanders stated, “Based on the previous administration calling a ‘Trumped up’ state of national emergency for immigration, the precedent has been set. President Trump declared an emergency when immigration was actually declining.
“Obviously, in all three areas we progressives have the facts on our side. Gun deaths are much higher here than in nations with gun control, the prior administration abandoned the EPA and (against the advice of the scientific community) worsened a rapidly deteriorating environmental crisis, and 40,000 Americans die every year due to not being covered by insurance.”
As for the constitutionality issue, Sanders stated, “On a 5-4 vote, SCOTUS found President Trump’s actions to be constitutional, so we expect the same result.”
Specifics were unclear on details of the Sanders plan, but he is expected to transfer money from defense spending to fully fund expansion of Medicare, beginning immediately with those ages 55 to 64.
It is believed that he will have tight controls placed on who can buy and own weapons, outlawing automatic rifles and large magazines, and confiscate weapons from domestic abusers and certain others.
He has also indicated that he will be placing major financial disincentives on carbon-based energy producers and taking those funds raised and giving them as incentives to less environmentally destructive energy producers (wind, solar among them).
The GOP had a harsh reaction to the Sanders speech. Minority leader McConnell stated, “This action is unconstitutional and represents a usurping of the power of Congress. The GOP will never go along with declaring a national emergency just to avoid getting legislation through Congress. I’ve never heard of such an outrageous abuse of power by a President.”
Senator David Perdue of Georgia stated in a speech to an Evangelical group, “We should pray like Psalms 109:8 says. It says, ‘Let his days be few, and let another have his office,’” and criticized “politicians who put their political self-interests ahead of national interest.”
Vice President Elizabeth Warren responded by saying, “My Republican colleagues, including Senator Perdue, should have thought about the consequences when they chose to support President Trump’s national emergency declaration in 2018. And, I’m sure they will also be upset when the Democratic Senate approves all of the three projected Sanders SCOTUS appointments on a simple majority vote. Thanks, Mitch!”
The press was able to reach former President Trump, now incarcerated. He indicated, somewhat strangely and irrelevantly, “Crooked Hillary did it all. She’s the one that should be locked up, not me. Anyway, I’m the smartest and best President to ever be jailed.”