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Conservative Grassroots Send Sen. Roy Blunt A Message About The Wall

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Establishment Republican Senator Roy Blunt has been disinvited from a local GOP gathering in Christian County, Missouri, scheduled to take place next month.

“I am so disappointed in you now that I can hardly speak,” wrote Wanda Martens, a member of the Christian County Republican Central Committee, in an email to Blunt’s office according to reporting by McClatchy’s Bryan Lowry and Lindsay Wise. “Why could you not support my president in the emergency declaration? President Trump tried every available means to work the Senate to resolve the border issue and build the much needed wall. He is well within his presidential powers to do this.”

Martens serves as the local party committee’s events chair. She told the senator in her email, which was obtained by The Kansas City Star, that she did not want to see him when the local party holds its Lincoln/Trump Day Dinner on April 6 in Ozark, Missouri, one of the most conservative areas in the state.

State and local Republican groups traditionally hold annual Lincoln Day events, but the event in Ozark includes Trump in the name and places a drawing of the president’s face alongside Lincoln’s on the invitation reported Lowry and Wise.

“Please don’t try to tell me that I don’t understand. I understand completely,” Martens wrote. “I hate it when someone calls you the establishment and that you are part of the swamp, but maybe they were right.”

Blunt, the fourth-ranking Republican in the Senate, was the only member of the Senate’s GOP leadership to vote for the Democrats' resolution of disapproval intended to block President Trump's emergency declaration reported Zack Budryk of The Hill. The president vetoed the resolution Friday.

According to Budryk’s reporting, Blunt cited the separation of powers to justify his vote in a radio interview last week.

“The last power really left to Congress is the power to control appropriations, the power of the purse, which anybody’s ever looked at the constitution has heard that phrase over and over again," he told KCMO. “And I think it’s an important phrase.”

The twelve Republicans who voted with the Democrats to disapprove President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border represent a cross section of the fractured and out-of-touch Capitol Hill Republican Party’s coalition of virtue signaling windbags, constitutional nincompoops and globalist establishment tools – with Senator Blunt apparently putting himself among the constitutional nincompoops.

Our difficulty with Senator Blunt’s argument against the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border is two-fold.

First, it rests upon the faulty constitutional premise that the funds the President plans to use haven’t been appropriated for national security purposes, and second, it overlooks the constitutional duty imposed upon the President to defend the borders and sovereignty of the United States.

We could add that the emergency is one created by congressional dereliction of its duty to defend the borders and sovereignty of the United States, but it would take another column, or more correctly book, to recapitulate the congressional dereliction that imposed upon President Trump the necessity of declaring the border emergency.

The three Senators whom we would normally expect better from seem stuck on the Constitution’s Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 language that states, “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law…” with those opposing executive action to build the Wall arguing that after a lengthy voyage through the courts, the Supreme Court would likely find that the President lacked the constitutional authority to build the Wall without a congressional appropriation for that purpose.

However, it is our view that President’s inherent power under Article II gives him the authority to reprogram funds in exigent circumstances. As Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law, Yale Law School wrote:

…despite the categorical imperative of the Appropriations Clause, it would seem that Congress itself is constitutionally obligated to provide funding necessary for the President to undertake Executive powers specifically granted in Article II—to receive ambassadors, act as Commander in Chief, negotiate treaties, grant pardons, and the like. If Congress fails to provide necessary funds, then the grants of power to the President are themselves for naught. Scholars disagree on the extent to which Congress may use appropriations limitations to control the President’s exercise of discretion in carrying out his or her duty to “execute the law,” especially in the area of national security—though all agree that Congress may not, under the guise of exercising its “power of the purse,” interfere with indispensable executive (or judicial) functions. Nor may the President frustrate congressional mandates by refusing to spend directed funds. (Emphasis ours)

As Professor Stith notes in her article, Congress has long codified this object requirement, requiring that “[a]ppropriations shall be applied only to the objects for which the appropriations were made except as otherwise provided by law.” The latter phrase refers primarily to a variety of statutes that give executive agencies limited authority to “reprogram” line items within an appropriation under certain conditions. This practice does not contravene the Appropriations Clause, because reprogramming authority effectively expands the objects for which the appropriations are made.

To us it looks like Senator Blunt decided to join the Democrats without reading the entire Constitution, otherwise they would recognize that Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution provides that:

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence. (Emphasis ours.)

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, based on Department of Homeland Security status indicators, over 279,000 criminal aliens have been booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and January 31, 2019, of which over 189,000 were classified as illegal aliens by DHS.

Between June 1, 2011 and January 31, 2019, these 189,000 illegal aliens were charged with more than 295,000 criminal offenses which included arrests for 539 homicide charges; 32,785 assault charges; 5,737 burglary charges; 37,234 drug charges; 403 kidnapping charges; 15,991 theft charges; 23,701 obstructing police charges; 1,660 robbery charges; 3,473 sexual assault charges; 2,170 sexual offense charges; and 2,976 weapon charges. DPS criminal history records reflect those criminal charges have thus far resulted in over 120,000 convictions including 238 homicide convictions; 13,662 assault convictions; 3,158 burglary convictions; 17,930 drug convictions; 175 kidnapping convictions; 7,100 theft convictions; 11,336 obstructing police convictions; 1,013 robbery convictions; 1,710 sexual assault convictions; 1,153 sexual offense convictions; and 1,282 weapon convictions.

Moreover, more than 369,000 illegal aliens were arrested along the Texas – Mexico border in 2018, if over 1/3 of a million illegal entries into our country isn’t an invasion what is?

Clearly the appropriations clause is not a suicide pact. If 1/3 of a million Red Chinese were poised to cross our southern border the President would have the power to act if Congress dithered because he has the constitutional duty and authority to act as Commander-in-Chief to protect the sovereignty of the United States, the lives and property of its citizens and to ensure that the immigration laws of the United States are carried out faithfully.

Moreover, the objects requirement does not direct the Executive Branch down to what size nail and what weight hammer the Executive must use to accomplish its constitutional duties. Thus, if the Executive judges that an emergency exists and military construction should occur at the border instead of say, at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, the Executive has the constitutional responsibility and the statutory authority to reprogram funds to meet that emergency.

The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) we urge CHQ readers and friends to call Senator Blunt TODAY to tell him there IS a national emergency on our southern border, and that under Article II and Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution the President has the authority and duty to declare an emergency on our southern border. Tell Blunt the President he was right to use his constitutional authority to declare a national emergency and have the Pentagon build the wall and other needed security enhancements on our southern border.

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Roy Blount dis-invited from Lincoln Trump Dinner

Blount also ignored America's reason for being; the first sentence of the Constitution. He also apparently doesn't recall the punishment for ignoring (rebelling against) the Constitution; Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. Does a written guarantee require an appropriation?

Like mass mailing, I like to mass call / fax these rebels. Votesmart.org / Blount has 10 phone numbers for him; 6 landline and 4 fax numbers.