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President Donald Trump warned governors across the United States Monday evening to deploy the National Guard to control the ongoing rioting throughout the country that has escalated into violence over the past three days, and if they won’t he will dispatch the U.S. military in its stead.
The unprecedented action was announced during a short Rose Garden press conference at the White House, and Trump stated that “we are putting everybody on warning on 7 p.m. curfew.” He took no questions.
The announcement has led to speculation that Trump’s decision verges on Martial Law, where the “U.S. military is in control of normal civil functions or suspension of civil law by a government, especially in response to a temporary emergency where civil forces are overwhelmed, or in an occupied territory.”
White House officials could not be immediately reached and the White House switch board said there was no one in the communications department to immediately take the call.
“Where there is no law, there is no opportunity. Where there is no justice, there is no liberty. Where there is no safety, there is no future,” said Trump. “I take these actions today with firm resolve and with a true and passionate love for our country.”
He warned organizers the protests that they “will face sever criminal penalty” including arrest and those will stay in place until law and order is “fully restored.”
“We must never give in to anger or hatred,” said Trump. “I take these actions today with firm resolve.”
Ohio’s National Guard Takes Over Columbus
National Guard troops have lined the streets of Columbus, Ohio since Saturday, and in Washington D.C. a military police battalion consisting of 200 to 250 military personnel is expected to be in the nation’s capital as soon as evening, according to reports.
In Columbus, some residents who spoke to SaraACarter.com by phone said “it looks like Marshall Law” as law enforcement officials prepare for the worst but hope for the best since the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
In Columbus Monday, most businesses remained closed amid concerns that the riots and protests would escalate into violence later tonight. The past three days protesters have gathered outside the Ohio Statehouse but the protests escalated into violence, with looting and robberies in the downtown Columbus and surrounding areas.
A resident shared a video with SaraACarter.com of downtown Columbus Monday, describing it as appearing more like a war zone than an American city, with armed National Guard troops lining the empty city and businesses boarded up to protect from the rioters.
National Guard Arrives In Washington D.C.
In Washington D.C. several trucks of National Guard troops arrived near Lafayette Park across Pennsylvania Avenue. The area was filled with large groups of protesters the past three nights and some instigated fires leading to the destruction.
According to CNN two defense officials said the troops being deployed to Washington D.C. will be coming from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Jennie S. Taer contributed to this story.
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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