Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-01-11 19:55:00 UTC
After watching the dueling prime-time speeches last night, it was easy to
come away with the idea that the dispute is simply over the presidents
demand for wall funding and the partial government shutdown. As such, it
should be easy for the president and Dems to cut a split-the-difference
deal and move on to the next problem.
After all, isnt that why they were hired?
If only things were as simple as they appear. In fact, the Democrats
refusal even to consider any kind of border barrier and other serious
measures illustrates that the dispute is merely a proxy for the real issue
dividing the nation: 2016.
Like generals fighting the last war, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are
fixated on the last presidential election. Their refusal to let it go and
get on with governing in a divided Congress is a shameful sign of how
radical their party has become since President Trumps election.
This is the crisis America faces Democrats still do not accept the
legitimacy of his victory. And so anything he says is treated as unworthy
and untrue, even when Americans can see with their own eyes that much of
the southern border is essentially wide open for anyone who wants to cross
And many do each day, with Fox News reporting that Homeland Security
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told lawmakers that 161,000 family units
crossed the border in fiscal 2018, a 50 percent increase in a year. She
also reportedly said 60,000 unaccompanied children crossed last year.
Imagine that. And the numbers have been surging even more in recent
months, with migrants rushing to escape murderous violence in Central
America and get here before laws are tightened or barriers added.
Throw in sex trafficking, a veritable river of narcotics and gangs and
there is no question that Americans are suffering enormous consequences
from their governments failure to secure the border and provide public
Trump tried to capture the gravity of the situation by citing a raft of
statistics and highlighting individual cases in which vicious crimes were
committed by illegal immigrants. One involved the recent murder of a
California police officer, Ronil Singh, allegedly by a Mexican man in the
Singh, the father of a 5-month-old son, was a legal immigrant from Fiji.
How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?
the president asked in one chilling sentence.
Trump was restrained and economical in his delivery, but it wouldnt have
mattered if he had jumped on top of the Resolute Desk and shouted. Schumer
and Pelosi were determined to bury him in mud no matter what he said or
how he said it.
One indication was their slanderous claim that he had manufactured a
border crisis that doesnt exist. They even suggested he had no right to
use the Oval Office for such an address. Its not clear whether they are
reciting MSNBC talking points or providing them to their media
Either way, they offered nothing but insults and vague references to
border security without describing a single action they would support
that would stop the entire population of Central America from coming to
the United States illegally.
Fortunately, the public is still smarter than they realize. A Morning
Consult/Politico poll released Tuesday found that 42 percent of
respondents agree with Trump that illegal immigration is a crisis, while
an additional 37 percent see it as a problem, with just 12 percent seeing
nothing amiss at the border.
To judge by their remarks, Schumer and Pelosi are among the 12 percent.
Their only complaint is that Trump isnt nice enough to illegal crossers.
For the 79 percent who sensibly think the nation faces either a crisis or
a problem, the question becomes what to do about it.
Now consider this: Our border with Mexico is nearly 2,000 miles long. To
put that in perspective, it is slightly longer than the distance from New
York City to Denver.
With existing barricades covering just about 30 percent of the huge span,
the president is proposing a modest expansion of them, while also
proposing technological and manpower additions, ranging from judges to
border agents to law enforcement.
Trump also wants to add health specialists and more beds to alleviate what
he calls a humanitarian crisis and a crisis of the soul.
It is indeed painful to see so many destitute people looking for a better
life, and the recent deaths of two young children who made the hazardous
trek illustrate the dangers.
But it is also extremely painful to watch America dissolve into a
borderless society where laws and order are sacrificed out of bitterness
and hatred for a president who won an election fair and square.
Not so long ago, Democrats, including Schumer and Pelosi, believed that
borders meant something. Trump shouldnt stop reminding them of that and
speaking up for the many Americans who still do.
Donald J. Trump, 304 electoral votes to 227, defeated compulsive liar in
denial Hillary Rodham Clinton on December 19th, 2016. The clown car
parade of the democrat party ran out of gas and got run over by a Trump
Congratulations President Trump. Thank you for cleaning up the disaster
of the Obama presidency.
Under Barack Obama's leadership, the United States of America became the
The World According To Garp.
ObamaCare is a total 100% failure and no lie that can be put forth by its
supporters can dispute that.
Obama jobs, the result of ObamaCare. 12-15 working hours a week at minimum
wage, no benefits and the primary revenue stream for ObamaCare. It can't
be funded with money people don't have, yet liberals lie about how great
Obama increased total debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion in the eight
years he was in office, and sold out heterosexuals for Hollywood queer
liberal democrat donors.
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