Trump’s election to the American presidency despite all conventional expectations disrupted the past patterns and practices of national political governance. Trump’s inconsistent but populist policies have upended the mono-partisan American politics of the late 20th and early 21st century. The two differently labeled wings (Republican, Democrat) of the same statist warfare-welfare political party are now splintered and broken. Since neither wing was able to prevent Trump’s ascendancy, neither is fully capable of holding him in check.
In a recent fit of presidential pique President Trump threatened to remove federal ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents from California. This due to the mayor of Oakland’s warning of pending ICE raids targeting illegal immigrants in the SF Bay Area. Angry that the intended targets were tipped off, Trump claimed that removal of ICE agents from Golden State ports of entry would result in an immediate invasion by foreign criminals. If Trump wants to pull ICE out of Cali and put federal checkpoints up on I-5, I-10, I-20 and I-40, who’s to stop him?
Libertarians may have a different take on this idea. Small separatist movements have long existed in several American states, mainly California, Texas and Vermont, though other states have also seen that idea gain traction. Recently the rise of state level legalization of marijuana for medical or personal use, along with practices by some large Democrat run cities about ICE enforcement actions and firearm restrictions, have led to open defiance of federal laws about these matters.
Imagine if President Trump delivered on his threat to remove US customs/immigration check points from California. We might then see highways and airports outside of…