MLK Day 2018

It’s a good thing this is a law passed by Congress and signed by President Reagan on November 3, 1983, because if left to this despicable person, it would not occur.


Official Title and Link: President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 15, 2018, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday

Proclamation signed January 12, 2018

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Proclamation for January

After a little searching online, it appears the designation of January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month began with congressional authorization in 2010, and first proclaimed by President Obama for January 2011.

While this is now and annual routine, it still remains important.


Official Title and Link: President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Proclamation dated December 29, 2017

Two Actions Before Break

Yesterday POTUS 45 signed two routine actions – one executive order and one proclamation – before he left for Florida for several days over the holidays. Nothing much to say on either one.


Official Titles and Links:

Executive Order and Proclamation dated December 22, 2017

Four on 7th and 8th

Since my last post, four actions have been signed by POTUS 45.

On December 7th, the standard remembrance of Pearl Harbor proclamation was issued.

The following day, two proclamations and an executive order on various issues were signed. Nothing of great import, as far as I can tell.


Official Titles and Links:

Proclamations and Executive Order signed December 7 and 8, 2017

Jerusalem

All over the news the last few days in anticipation, this now official act recognizes the capital of Israel as Jerusalem and declares the U.S. embassy will be moved there. Because it is getting so much coverage, I will make only brief comments this time.

Some have questioned the timing of the action. On the one hand, it may well be doing this now provides a needed distraction from other controversies, such as the Russian investigation and the tax bill, and that is why routine extension was not the chosen action. On the other hand, some kind of action was going to be needed under any circumstances, because every six months since the late 1990s presidents have delayed moving the embassy to Jerusalem for purposes of stability and peace negotiation in the middle-east.

I am in agreement with the majority of the world in believing this action is more likely to create conflict and bloodshed than aid in any peace agreement.

[Ed. Note: For a little more background, see what I wrote about this in June and also last December.]


Official Title and Link: Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem

Proclamation dated December 6, 2017

Going Backwards?

Yesterday two proclamations were signed in Utah, both radically diminishing the size of National Monuments established by previous presidents – one in the mid-1990’s by President Clinton and the other just last year by President Obama.

Both proclamations are long, attempting to make the case the size should be reduced for various reasons, but fundamentally, the point is to allow for development of those lands. Already, law suits have been filed to block the actions.

There is no precedent for reversals such as these. Some have argued the President does not have authority to rescind a previous President’s actions.

We shall see as the legal process plays out.


Official Titles and Links:

Proclamations dated December 4, 2017