Do you know how much we took for granted being able to go to sleep every night the past eight years, knowing that an intelligent and compassionate adult was taking care of things? Well, that feeling of trust and confidence went up in smoke the second Donald Trump assumed the presidency.
But the adults in the Democratic Party are not going to let President Trump kill us all so easily.
Sen. Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Lieu (D-CA) are pushing Congress to severely restrict frighteningly unhinged President Trump’s ability to launch nuclear weapons, reintroducing a bicameral bill Tuesday that seeks to prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.
“Nuclear war poses the gravest risk to human survival,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said in a statement. “Yet, President Trump has suggested that he would consider launching nuclear attacks against terrorists. Unfortunately, by maintaining the option of using nuclear weapons first in a conflict, U.S. policy provides him with that power.”
Sen. Markey and Rep. Lieu have introduced legislation to prohibit Trump from launching a nuclear first strike w/o Cong. Declaration of War: pic.twitter.com/y7seV7bDSR
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 24, 2017
Being students of history, Senator Markey and Rep. Lieu fully understand the dire consequences that come from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike. Here’s one word encapsulates that position: Iraq. The selection of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, a former Big Oil executive who will undoubtedly do everything to start more stupid oil wars in order to enrich himself and Trump’s cronies, shows that Trump has little if any interest in the separation of oil and state. Worse yet, Trump essentially left the door open for liberating the crap out of Iraq once again after saying “we should’ve taken all the the oil before leaving.”
During the 2016 Clown Car, Trump perpetually said that he opposed the war in Iraq, despite a 2002 interview with Howard Stern showing support for it.
If any of us are to survive the Trumpocalypse, we will have to ensure that Congress does everything to prevent this ignorant despot from bombing countries because they said something mean about him or his son Barron. The bill proposed by Senator Markey and Rep Lieu appears to do that.