Trump is Now a Dictator, Courtesy of the Republican-Controlled Senate | Rebecca Hamilton
In 1933, the lawmaking body of the German government passed the Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Reich. We call it the Enabling Act.
The Enabling Act was an amendment to the German Constitution that allowed the Cabinet to issue laws independently of the Reichstag (which was the rough equivalent of Congress) and the president. Since the Cabinet was Hitler’s people, the Enabling Act effectively made Hitler into the lawmaking power of the German government. It made him an elected (and he was elected) dictator.
Since World War II, American presidents have, with the full consent of Congress, been steadily acquiring the same powers for themselves that Hitler seized through the Enabling Act. Presidents now start and wage wars without conferring with anyone. They routinely author legislation on their own and and put it into law with the simple conceit of an executive order-signing ceremony.
President Trump began pushing the envelope on the already dictatorial powers that Congress had ceded to the presidency the moment he took office. He superseded Congress’ budget-making powers when he declared a false “emergency” in order to raid money that had been (by law, I remind you) budgeted to defense and using it to build his flimsy and useless wall. This was a clear step down dictator road.
But the real all-time show stopper was when he flat-out refused to reply to Congressional subpoenas with no explanation and no legal action to buttress it. This was clearly a dictatorial act. He was declaring himself above the laws of the land.