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1/ A whole bunch of formerly conservative -- now Trumpist -- think tanks better get ready to pull down all their articles opposing eminent domain seizures.
2/ While they're at it, they might want to scrub all the policies about Obama' untrammeled abuse of executive power.
3/ Also, let's skip that whole "rule of law" question from now on, ok?

The new standard of "conservatism" is being set tonight, and since Washington's Vichy GOP policy establishment dropped their petticoats to keep the Trumpists happy, they might as well go all the way.
4/ A phony crisis to pretend to build a vaporware wall is totes worth it, though! After all, precedents NEVER stick, right?

The key lesson of Trumpism a Cartmanesque gunt of "Ah do what ah wannnnt!" So when there's a Democratic president, y'all just sit down and color.
5/ Since the Tucker-Hannity Dental Purity brigade is heavily in my TL, I'll give you a counterfactual scenario. (Google it, Trumpist dolts)
6/ It's January 2021. Donald Trump choked on a KFC chicken bone or died in an autoerotic asphyxiation game gone wrong.

Doesn't matter how. For this scenario, we have a shiny new Democratic President.

Call her, just for the sake of argument, Kamala Warren.
7/ She sweeps into the Oval Office and asks for a national TV address to declare a state of emergency.

"My fellow Americans: the crisis of climate change can no longer be ignored, and Congress will not act fast enough."
8/ "Powerful forces are at work, and by any standard this crisis is an emergency, so following the precedent set by President Trump, I am today declaring the following actions.

First, the Federal government will immediately seize certain oil and natural gas facilities and lands.
9/ "All refining facilities will be closed. Oil and natural gas lands will be repurposed for solar and wind power only, and we will offer job retraining for their owners. The Federal government will control these lands in perpetuity to prevent additional damage to the climate. "
10/ "This is a hard step, and we do not take it lightly, by as President Trump seized hundreds of thousands of acres of land under eminent domain, we have followed his precedent to the letter, because the climate emergency demands it."
11/ "To prevent any illegal drilling, I am ordering the U.S. military to build appropriate walls, fences, minefields, and other security structures around these lands and facilities.

Walls work, in the words of President Trump, and this emergency demands them."
12/ "We will also take Federal action to end the lawless behavior of Carbon Sanctuary States. Because of this emergency, Federal power must Trump (hehe) the rights of the states. It's an *emergency*.

Carbon Sanctuary States endanger us all, and they must be brought to heel."
13/ See how this goes?

I could go on, and on, and on, but once you open these doors, other people will walk through them. Other people will use powers of the executive in ways you *really* won't like.

But it's ok. There will never be a Dem President again, right?
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