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In releasing the Democrats’ Impeachment Committee report, Adam Schiff highlighted the Democrats’ national security double standard. These Democrats are attempting to impeach President Trump for delaying aid that President Obama totally refused to send. That doesn’t make sense anywhere.

According to the Democrats’ report, President Trump abused his office by withholding lethal military aid that the Ukrainians asked for but never received from the Obama administration. The hot war in Ukraine and Crimea was in 2014. Since then, there have been periodic flare-ups but nothing like the 2014 hot war. When the hot war was fought, President Obama sent blankets and MREs to Ukraine. After President Trump found out that President Zelenskiy wasn’t corrupt like President Poroshenko, President Trump sent lots and lots of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine. Later, Ukraine bought more Javelin anti-tank missiles.

The Democrats’ logic is that it isn’t impeachable to ignore allies entirely but it is impeachment-worthy to help an ally, just not at the speed that Democrats prefer. Adam Schiff, not President Trump, is the Democrats’ worst nightmare. Then there’s this:

“President Trump does not appear to believe there is any such limitation on his power to use White House meetings, military aid or other official acts to procure foreign help in his re-election.”

It’s frightening to watch a chairman of a major committee act this stupid. Yesterday, for what seems like the umpteenth time, President Zelenskiy said that President Trump never tied lethal military aid to any investigations:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky insisted that he never discussed a quid pro quo with President Trump tying U.S. military aid to a request for political favors in a newly published interview. Nevertheless, he hit the Trump administration for the delay in that aid and for critical statements about his country.

Schiff is so determined to impeach President Trump that he’s willing to ignore firsthand testimony that’s exculpatory. Couple that information with the old story that Chairman Schiff once said that he’d seen “evidence that was stronger than circumstantial”:

In that interview, Schiff said “Well, look, I don’t think it was intentional on the Director’s part but all I can tell you is, reviewing the evidence that I have, I don’t think that you can conclude that at all. Far from it.” Chuck Todd then interrupted, saying “All you have is a circumstantial case.” Schiff then responded, saying “Actually, no, Chuck. I can tell you that the case is more than that and, though I can’t go into the particulars, there is more than circumstantial evidence…” It’s noteworthy that Robert Mueller’s hyperpartisan lawyers didn’t find that evidence.

Q: At what point does the American public just tune out Schiff’s partisanship and the Democrats? They’ve all heard President Zelenskiy’s exculpatory statement. There isn’t a single Democrat supposedly that’s seen this “stronger than circumstantial evidence” that then-Candidate Trump conspired with Putin’s Russia. Each of the supposed fact witnesses from Schiff’s impeachment hearings admitted during cross-examination that they didn’t hear President Trump tie lethal military aid to investigating the Bidens.

The simple fact is that we’re significantly more secure today than we were 3+ years ago. During the previous administration, aid to Ukraine consisted of MREs and blankets. During the Trump administration, aid to Ukraine consists of Javelin anti-tank missiles. During the previous administration, the president told Putin to stop hacking into our election systems after-the-fact. During this administration, DHS is proactively working with other departments and agencies to protect our election systems:

Election security is a top priority for the United States Government. Building on our successful, whole-of-government approach to securing the 2018 elections, we have increased the level of support to state and local election officials in their efforts to protect elections. The federal government is prioritizing the sharing of threat intelligence and providing support and services that improve the security of election infrastructure across the nation.

In an unprecedented level of coordination, the U.S. government is working with all 50 states and U.S. territories, local officials, and private sector partners to identify threats, broadly share information, and protect the democratic process. We remain firm in our commitment to quickly share timely and actionable information, provide support and services, and to defend against any threats to our democracy.

Saying that President Trump has risked our national security, as they said in the Democrats’ impeachment report, is foolish. The proof that we’re beefing up our systems is as plentiful as proof of presidential criminal activity is nonexistent.

Ken Cuccinelli didn’t mince words when he was interviewed for CBS’s Face the Nation about upcoming ICE raids. According to the report, Cuccinelli said “ICE agents are ready to just perform their mission which is to go and find and detain and then deport the approximately one million people who have final removal orders.”

It’s worth noting that families aren’t separated. Instead, the entire family is subject to deportation. Also, Cuccinelli is the head of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, aka USCIS. Cuccinelli continued, saying:

“I’m just pointing out that the pool of those with final removal orders is enormous,” Cuccinelli said. “It’s important to note, here we are talking about ICE doing its job as if it’s special. And really this should be going on on a rolling basis for ICE and they’ve been interfered with, effectively, and held up by the politics of Washington to a certain extent.”

Nancy Pelosi, the chief lawmaker in the House, is doing her best to stop the laws she’s written from getting enforced:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday offered advice to illegal immigrants seeking to avoid arrest and deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. “An ICE deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant. If that is the only document ICE brings to a home raid, agents do not have the legal right to enter a home. If ICE agents don’t have a warrant signed by a judge, a person may refuse to open the door and let them in,” said Pelosi, reading from prepared remarks at her weekly press conference.

Last night, I spoke with Agnes Gibboney. Agnes is an Angel Mom living in California. Last night, she told me this about Pelosi:


Gee. Now that’s a shocker. A weasel weaseling out of a meeting with a hurting mom. How affectionate, especially from someone who criticized President Trump for ripping families apart. Pelosi’s sanctuary city laws have gotten people killed, aka eternal family separation. The next time I hear Pelosi complaining on that subject, I hope someone shoves Kate Steinle’s death in Pelosi’s mouth.

The other thing that the MSM should, but won’t, do is ask her why she’s criticizing law enforcement for enforcing the laws she’s played a major part in passing. Does she think laws are meant to be written, not enforced?

It’s pretty apparent that Democrats don’t give a damn about border security. Any political party that unanimously approves of decriminalizing illegal aliens entering the United States officially is the Open Borders Party. The week before Independence Day, NBC and the DNC (Pardon the repetition) hosted a pair of Democrat presidential debates.

During those debates, each of the Democrat presidential candidates raised their hands in support of decriminalizing illegal aliens entering the US. They didn’t stop there, though, unfortunately. All 20 of these Democrat presidential candidates raised their hands affirming that their national health care laws would provide taxpayer-funded health care to illegal aliens.

Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s final Secretary of Homeland Security, passionately opposes the Democrats’ open border policies:

That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders. That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that.

I don’t disagree often with Newt Gingrich but I must this time:

When word spreads that sick people can sneak into America and get free medical treatment from American doctors and nurses, the flood of sick immigrants will double and triple from the current numbers.

It isn’t that I disagree with Newt’s opinion. It’s his choice of words. Right now, illegal aliens don’t have to “sneak” across the border. They can waltz across the border, then apply for asylum. Thanks to Nancy ‘Spark of Divinity’ and Alexandria ‘Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire’ Ocasio-Cortez, illegal aliens are treated better than are our homeless veterans.

Anyone who thinks that this is patriotic is stupid beyond belief. Yes, I’m talking to you, Jessica Tarlov, Tom Perez and Ed Rendell. Predictably, Newt nailed it with this tweet:


Democrats are patriots in some weird, demented way but not in the traditional sense. It’s time to re-establish Reaganite patriotism. It’s been too long since we had that type of patriotism.

AOC’s patriotism is faux patriotism. She wouldn’t recognize Founding Fathers-style patriotism if it bit her backside. The men who signed the Declaration, the men who fought the Revolutionary War and the men who wrote this nation’s Constitution were selfless men. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence knew that they were dead men walking if George Washington’s army didn’t defeat King George’s military.

Can anyone picture AOC doing any of the things that those slaveholders did? Yes, I ‘admitted’ that many were slaveholders. I can’t picture AOC doing anything even close to what those patriots did.

Democrats have been intentionally mangling the meaning of important words. Democrats deny advocating for open borders while providing incentives that would shout to the Northern Triangle nations to flood across the US-Mexico border. Democrats insist that detention facilities are concentration camps and that women are forced to drink from toilets.

It’s impossible to believe that CBP is tormenting women and little girls in the ways that AOC is insisting. It isn’t like AOC has a lengthy history of veracity. Rather, AOC has a history of frequently getting caught lying.

If Republicans want to get things done, they’ll need to toss the gloves and put on brass knuckles. Resistance Democrats fight like Antifa. If we want to lose honorably, (think John McCain) then Republicans will lose often. No more! Tell AOC, Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff that their reign of stupidity and lies is coming to a close in a few months.

Finally, Republicans should adopt President Reagan’s policy towards the USSR. When asked what his policy towards the Soviets was, President Reagan, replied “Simple. We win, they lose.” It’s time to sink the Democrats’ battleship.

It’s time to put a halt to AOC’s intellectual dishonesty. I figure that the best way to do that is to engage LFR visitors in a little thought experiment on immigration. Specifically, the thought experiment applies mostly to illegal immigration.

History shows that there weren’t any claims of guards telling women to drink from toilets prior to AOC’s visit. That directs us to a binary decision. One option is that the illegal aliens held at one of these facilities felt so threatened that they never told anyone about their mistreatment. The other option is that illegal aliens weren’t mistreated prior to AOC’s visit.

It’s difficult to imagine large numbers of people being held in these facilities saying nothing, especially after they’ve been processed. Also, it’s difficult to imagine a person drinking from a toilet and not getting some sort of life-threatening illness. Let’s remember that these illegal aliens often have travelled hundreds of miles through hot temperatures. Further, it’s rare that many illegal aliens had the basics for making the trip.

Why would anyone think that there wouldn’t be more deaths in custody considering the conditions? That points us to the second option. If deaths in custody are this rare, why wouldn’t we think that the CBP agents act with professionalism and thoughtfulness?

Further, the thought of a self-aggrandizing politician lying about what she saw isn’t exactly beyond the realm of possibilities. Additionally, what corroboration do we have of AOC’s claims?

AOC’s statements work against AOC’s credibility. Check this out:

Notice that she said “There’s abuse. This is them on their best behavior and they put them in a room with no running water. And these women were being told by CBP officers to drink out of the toilet.” I can’t wait to hear a reporter ask AOC how women being held in a room with no running water could drink out of a toilet. This seems logical to ask since facilities need running water to operate a toilet.

The fact that reporters haven’t asked her about that glaring contradiction suggests that AOC knows that she can lie through her teeth without the media questioning her honesty. Being a media-savvy person, why wouldn’t AOC think she could lie and get away with it?

There’s a daunting possibility that the problem isn’t with CBP and ICE but with House Democrats. Once the word spread that Democrats weren’t serious about enforcing the borders, the floodgates opened in Central America. When each of the Democrats’ presidential candidates raised their hands in favor of decriminalizing illegal immigration. Put differently, everything points to Democrats being the problem, not CBP and ICE.

Jeh Johnson opposes decriminalization:

That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders,” Johnson told the Washington Post. “That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that.”

It’s clear that Democrats won’t budge from this position. Further, it’s clear that we have a legitimate crisis on our hands. Therefore, the only way to resolve this issue is to throw out 50-60 Democrats in the House, then strengthen Mitch McConnell’s majority in the Senate and re-electing President Trump.

I’m not saying that Republicans are perfect about fixing the immigration problem. I’m saying that they’re the only ones who seem serious about fixing that crisis.

Apparently, Democrats have adopted a take-it-or-leave-it approach to the border/asylum crisis. They’re forcing the Trump administration to either release illegal aliens or to create photos that ‘prove’ how heartless President Trump is. Fortunately, President Trump isn’t backing down. He isn’t settling for the Democrats’ open borders policies.

Until Congress fixes the asylum laws, the floodgates will remain open. Once the cartels identified the loopholes and the insane asylum laws, border apprehensions skyrocketed. Democrats point the finger at President Trump, insisting that it’s his policies have caused this crisis. Only a liar would try spinning things that way.

The truth is that Lindsey Graham has written legislation that will fix these problems. The question that remains is whether Democrats will support his legislation or whether they’ll stand in the way of progress. In the House, there’s little doubt but that Democrats will stand in the way of this crisis-fixing legislation. House Democrats have shown that they’re hardline obstructionists. They’ll be the minority party in January, 2021.

This article was written with the intent of painting the Trump administration into a corner. Unfortunately for these nitwits, it merely verifies as fact that we need to fix these laws. If we don’t do that, then we’ll have eternal overcrowding.

In light of tomorrow being Independence Day, it’s fitting for us to remember some important constitutional principles. The first constitutional principle that’s applicable is the principle of separation of powers. The executive branch can no more write new laws than the judicial branch can pass budgets or the legislative branch can give operational orders to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Changing the conditions in these detention facilities requires changing the laws. That can’t happen without congressional action. The Senate has taken action in the form of writing legislation. Their next step is marking the bill up in the Judiciary Committee. That will happen before the August recess. House Democrats have thrown cold pail of water after cold pail of water on legislation that would fix our asylum laws.

Therefore, the blame falls almost entirely on House Democrats. They haven’t offered any solutions. Instead, they’ve ridiculed the Republicans’ ideas. They’ve ridiculed people of faith, too. Thankfully, people like this pastor aren’t running away from the situation:

Until Democrats propose legitimate solutions, they should get ridiculed, then voted out of office. Until Democrats stop being lazy or obstructionists, they shouldn’t be given any official power.

With Arizona and Texas sending National Guard troops to the border, it’s clear who’s serious about securing the nation and who isn’t.

If Democrats gain a majority in the House, they’ll revert to their open borders policies:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ripped President Trump on Twitter Thursday for “pointlessly” sending troops to the border instead of working with Democrats on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The California Democrat wrote: “@realDonaldTrump is using every cynical political trick in the book to ignite anti-immigrant fervor. Needlessly militarizing our southern border won’t make Americans more safe – it’s just another political calculation.

“Instead of wasting resources on pointlessly sending troops to our border, @realDonaldTrump should work with Democrats to pass the DREAM Act & #ProtectDREAMers,” she added.

Tell Mary Ann Mendoza that stopping illegal aliens at the border isn’t important. Mrs. Pelosi, I want you to look Sabine Durden in the eyes, then tell her that stopping illegal aliens at the border. Mrs. Pelosi, I triple-dog dare you to tell Agnes Gibboney that enforcing our immigration laws aren’t important.

Apparently, doing nothing is the Democrats’ plan. Americans, if you want lax border security, catch-and-release immigration enforcement and MS-13 running free without fear, vote Democrat. I’ve yet to find one that’s serious about securing the border. Americans, if you want the opioid epidemic to get worse, vote Democrat. Thanks to the Obama administration’s lax border enforcement, drug shipments entered the US without interruption or interdiction.

This Prager University video explains what must be done to take illegal immigration seriously:

With Democrats complaining about the costs of securing the border, let’s ask these whiney lefties how much it costs the US to pay for educating illegal aliens, how much it costs for the illegal aliens’ welfare benefits and how much it costs in terms of crimes committed by illegal aliens.

I’m betting that the cost of building a wall is a pittance compared with the costs of drug smuggling, welfare benefits and education.

Finally, let’s praise governors Doug Ducey and Greg Abbott for swiftly deploying the National Guard troops. They’re doing more than their fair share to keep Americans safe. That’s something I can’t say about the Democrats.

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This afternoon, a loyal reader of LFR forwarded me an email newsletter from TakeAction Minnesota. Included in that email was a link to this article, which deals with the topics of voting and gun control.

It starts by saying “At last month’s March for Our Lives in Washington, DC, the 20 young people who spoke had a clear message for the hundreds of thousands of protesters: Vote. Specifically, they urged their supporters to vote out of office any lawmaker who stands in the way of gun control. ‘The voting is what we’re pushing here,’ Stoneman Douglas student and #NeverAgain activist Jaclyn Corin said in an interview with Crooked Media before the march. ‘The March is kind of a statement saying, ‘Hey, we’re gonna be voting in November. Watch out—all these people are voting against you.'”

This year, Democrats are pushing 2 things hard — raising the minimum age of buying certain types of guns to 21 and lowering the voting age to 16. Democrats are arguing simultaneously that 16-year-olds are wise enough to make informed decisions on who should represent people in Congress but 20-year-olds are too stupid to safely operate a semi-automatic firearm. Wouldn’t you love to hear David Hogg or Emma Gonzalez explain that?

Actually, the explanation is rather simple. First, Democrats want to flood the polling booths with as many uninformed voters as possible. People that think things through vote for conservatives more often than they vote for Democrats. That’s a statement of statistical fact. It isn’t a statement of derision. Next, raising the age of purchase to 21 is an emotional issue for people. The Democrats’ base will be fired up as a result.

Republicans need to frame this election as a referendum between sensible policies vs. irrational policies. Let’s illustrate:

  1. There’s nothing irrational about enforcing our international borders. There’s nothing sane about opening our borders to drug cartels while fighting an opioid crisis.
  2. There’s nothing irrational about reducing regulations and increasing competition.
  3. There’s nothing sane about increasing regulations that cripple competition.
  4. There’s nothing irrational about moving national guard troops to the Tex-Mex border to prevent human trafficking.
  5. There’s nothing sane about letting human traffickers bring in sex slaves from Latin America.
  6. There’s nothing irrational about shutting down the borders to prevent violent felons from entering the US.
  7. There’s nothing sane about letting violent felons into the US by turning a blind eye towards the Tex-Mex border. That inevitably leads to new members of the Angel Parents ‘club’.

Conservatives, it’s time for you to ask yourselves if you want Congress run by people who won’t protect its citizens by electing Democrat majorities in the House and/or Senate or whether we’ll tell our friends, neighbors, co-workers and church family to get out and vote for sane conservatives, then voting ourselves. What’s required from conservatives is gritty determination to vote. Losing the House and/or the Senate will stop President Trump’s common-sense agenda on immigration, regulations and shutting down gangs like MS-13.

It’s ok to disapprove of President Trump’s tweets. Some of his tweets are inexcusable and shouldn’t be defended. His economic and national security agenda, however, aren’t just defensible. They’re essential.

Finally, it’s essential that all patriots vote to save this republic. I know that sounds a bit melodramatic but it’s where we’re at right now. Democrat progressives hate the principles that this nation was founded on. That’s how they can advocate for raising the minimum age to buy a gun to 21, then immediately argue that it’s essential to lower the voting age to 16. These aren’t sensible arguments. They’re the arguments of irrational people. Liberalism isn’t a political philosophy. It’s a mental disorder.

Eugene Robinson’s latest column is titled “Trump Hopes You’re Too Stupid to Notice There’s No Wall.” It starts by saying “You can tell what President Trump is afraid of by what he chooses to lie about. That means he must be petrified of losing support over his failure to build a single mile of the “big, beautiful” border wall he promised. Trump is scared of a lot of things — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, honest reporting by the news media, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and, reportedly, sharks. But nothing seems to make him quake and tremble more than the fear that his core base will realize all his tough-guy huffing and puffing about Latino immigration was a bunch of hot air.”

Keep in mind that it’s likely that Robinson hasn’t met President Trump or any of his supporters. That means his article is mostly speculation and projection. First, let’s stipulate that conservatives aren’t happy that the Wall hasn’t gotten built. Next, let’s further stipulate that conservatives are perpetually upset with Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham about capitulating to the Democrats on the Wall. Finally, let’s stipulate that conservatives are most upset with obstructionist Democrats who’d rather let criminal aliens run free than build an inch of the Wall.

The only way to get the wall built is for Republicans to build a bigger majority in the Senate and to maintain their majority in the House. This is definitely possible, especially considering the fact that Republicans will likely gain 4-6 Senate seats. Further, maintaining the Republicans’ House majority is totally possible if they run lots of ads highlighting the deaths of people like Officer Brandon Mendoza and Kate Steinle. Finish those ads by saying Democrats have established sanctuary cities and states that protect criminal aliens but that don’t protect U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.

Did I mention that immigration will be a huge issue this election? If I haven’t, I should have because people will blame Democrats for not working with Republicans in getting the Wall built. It isn’t surprising that Democrats won’t work with Republicans on the Wall. Democrats are a fully-owned subsidiary of La Raza.

Further, it’ll be a big issue because, while a handful of Republicans (Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake) voted against fully funding the Wall, every Democrat, even the so-called moderates, voted against building the Wall. While people are upset with Sens. Collins, Flake and Graham, people are pi$$ed as he!! with Democrats. Good luck to those Democrats who have to defend their votes against building the Wall in battleground districts.

Instead of those Democrats buying ads, I’d recommend that they buy flack jackets first. They’ll need them.

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After reading this article, it’s safe to say that Sen. Graham, (R-SC), is part of the problem. When it comes to immigration, Sen. Graham is a mainstream Democrat. Now he’s shooting his mouth off because the Trump administration just criticized him for being a total squish.

Appearing on Meet the Press, Sen. “Cotton said on NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’ he did not tank the deal proposed by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), that would have codified the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in exchange for increased border security funding.”

Sen. Cotton added that “‘I don’t think anyone got to Donald Trump. Donald Trump studied the proposal that Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham put before him and realized it didn’t address any of our key priorities,’ he said. ‘It gave legal protections to the people in the DACA program and gave mass amnesty to the parents as well, the people who created the problem to begin with.'” Democrats have been the true problem children in this negotiation over the future of DACA and about 800,000 illegal immigrants brought to the country as children, Cotton said. There’s no real way to negotiate with the Democrats in good faith, he argued.”

Then Sen. Cotton spoke the truth:

“It’s hard for the president or for Senate Republicans to negotiate when the Democrats sitting across the table don’t get what they want,” he said. “They run out and they misrepresent what was a good faith effort to listen and to build trust, claim that some ridiculous deal was made and then claim that the president walked away from that deal, and the media buys it, hook, line, and sinker.”

Democrats want a DACA fix. They aren’t willing to secure the US-Mexican border, though.

If Democrats, including Lindsey Graham, don’t appropriate money to build the wall, Republicans should walk away from negotiations. Let it be known that building the wall, ending chain migration and the visa lottery must be included in any DACA deal. If Democrats say no, then beat them over the head with it from now until Election Day. Put it to the voters — again. Here’s Sen. Graham pushing his nowhere immigration legislation:

The White House issued this statement, which said “As long as Sen. Graham continues to support legislation that sides with people in this country illegally and unlawfully instead of our own American citizens, we’re going nowhere.” Then the statement said of Sen. Graham that “he’s been an outlier for years.”

The White House added that they weren’t that close to a deal, saying that “the deal not only would have legalized DACA recipients but their parents as well — about 8,000,000 people.” That’s why chain migration must be part of the immigration package.

Sen. Graham keeps talking about phase 1 and phase 2. Apparently, he hasn’t studied history. That’s the same deal that President Reagan signed onto, only to have Congress renege on the deal and not fund true border security. Unless the legislation has different phase-in dates for funding the wall, ending chain migration and the visa lottery, Republicans should reject the Democrats’ proposals. A promise to do something by a specific date shouldn’t be trusted because Sen. Schumer can’t be trusted.

Americans should view the negotiations between the Trump administration and the Democrats like a hostage negotiation. After all, Sen. Schumer is holding the U.S. military, the border patrol and the CHIP program hostage. By filibustering the CR Friday night, Sen. Schumer and his shills have held hostage the paychecks for our military, border patrol and first responders. With their actions, Democrats have earned the wrath of patriots from across the political spectrum. In addition to holding these paychecks hostage, the Democrats’ filibuster has left 9,000,000 vulnerable children more vulnerable by not voting to reauthorize CHIP for the next 6 years.

If you add the 2,000,000+ people serving in the military to the 9,000,000 vulnerable children, that’s quite the hostage taking.

If Democrats think this isn’t firing up the GOP base, they’re kidding themselves. If Democrats think that their filibuster isn’t turning off independents, they’re kidding themselves. Ronna Romney-McDaniel, the chair of the RNC, said essentially the same thing in this op-ed:

Last night, Senate Democrats shut down the United States government. They recklessly chose to jeopardize paychecks for our troops and border patrolmen to appease their far-left base. In triggering a totally unnecessary, easily avoidable shutdown, they put at stake the health insurance of nine million vulnerable children and a number of other critical programs, including veteran services and opioid treatment programs.

Part of the Democrats’ talking points is to say that Republicans control the White House, the House and the Senate. it’s true that they control the White House and the House of Representatives. They don’t control the Senate.

Republicans did their job and offered a solution to keep the government running, but they couldn’t stop the shutdown from happening on their own. Appropriations bills require 60 Senate votes to pass. With only 51 Republican senators, this means Democratic votes are necessary to secure funding.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his Democratic colleagues own this shutdown. The American people are very well aware that the Schumer shutdown rests squarely on his party’s shoulders. Their hypocrisy is on full display, as the same Democrats who once warned of the consequences of a shutdown eagerly embraced it this go around.

It’s worth noting that Republicans hold a majority in the Senate, which is useful in determining which bills get committee hearings. That simple majority is meaningless, though, when attempting to pass simple funding bills.

Democrats have used the filibuster to insist that President Trump sign a bill that includes amnesty for 700,000 illegal immigrants and millions of their relatives through chain migration. Fighting to protect illegal immigrants while not protecting vulnerable children is what despots do. The Democrats’ actions don’t rise to the level of what third-world dictators do but the Democrats’ actions are disgusting.

Many constituents of the Democrats rely on the government-funded programs that are being handicapped by the shutdown. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) put nearly 83,000 children’s health care at risk with her vote. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) did the same for more than 342,000 children, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) for nearly 45,000 children, and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) for 66,000 children. Their constituents are going to demand answers.

Good luck explaining that away.

Sen. Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor last night:

This paragraph especially jumped out at me:

None of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle can point to a single thing in it that they oppose. That is why a bipartisan majority voted for it last night. It would have passed smoothly and been sent on for the president’s signature. Except that the Democratic Leader took the extraordinary step of filibustering this bipartisan bill and initiating his very own government shutdown.

If Democrats want to continue filibustering this funding bill, they have that right. Senate rules permit it. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s smart, though. Democrats shouldn’t think that this isn’t turning off independents. Democrats shouldn’t think that this isn’t firing up the GOP base.

The Democrats’ foolish decision is doing both those things. Hell hath no fury like a bunch of voters who’ve gotten ignored by elitist Democrats who protect lawbreakers but don’t protect our troops and our most vulnerable.