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Trump should invoke Insurrection Act

With cities across the nation rocked night and day with wholesale violence and destruction, and with ineffectual governors and mayors of those afflicted states and cities either unable, unwilling, or too stupid to act, it is high time the president invokes the Insurrection Act.

A federal law, the Insurrection Act of 1807, was signed into law by Thomas Jefferson. It authorizes the president to use U.S. armed forces and nationalized National Guard troops to put down civil unrest, insurrection, and rebellion within the United States. According to law, the president must first issue a proclamation ordering the insurrectionists to disperse.

The Act has been applied numerous times since 1808. It is interesting to note, that the act was invoked by Democrat John F. Kennedy in 1962 and twice in 1963 against the will of the states involved — Mississippi 1962 and twice in Alabama 1963. I believe the last invocation of the act was in 1992, during the presidency of George H. W. Bush to put down the Los Angeles riots.

It is necessary, though regrettable, that the act must be used again today to ensure peace and tranquility throughout the United States. And to call legions of thugs to account for their actions. Trump should delay no further in invoking the Insurrection Act. My advice to him is to strike while the iron is hot.

— THOMAS CARL NAST

Gloversville

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