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There’s no question that Nancy Pelosi is stubborn when it comes to building a physical wall on the US-Mexico border. That doesn’t mean there’s no chance of that wall crumbling. Steny Hoyer said that he isn’t opposed to having a strategically-placed wall:

Look, I think physical barriers are part of the solution… Look, I think it depends upon what a wall is used for whether its moral or immoral. If it’s protecting people, it’s moral. If it’s imprisoning people, it may well be immoral. But that’s not the issue. The issue is, we want border security. We want to make sure that people who come into the United States of America are authorized to do so, and we know that they have come in. We don’t want contraband. We don’t want drugs coming in. We don’t want dangerous people coming into the country. So, we’re for border security, and I think we can get there.

Bennie Thompson, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that Democrats aren’t ruling out walls or physical barriers.

The bottom line is that Pelosi’s Democrat opposition to the wall appears to be crumbling. She can’t stay belligerent while other Democrats modify their positions. Remember that she wasn’t that popular. I suspect that she still isn’t that popular.

After reading this Our View editorial, there’s no doubt that the SC Times is as far left as CNN. In talking about the shutdown, the Times’ editorial says “Republicans in Congress, especially the Senate, have the most clout in this political game — aside, of course, from the White House. While Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell remains entrenched in Trump’s camp, national political pundits generally agree it would take only about a half-dozen Republican senators to talk up Democratic proposals (or speak against Trump’s demand) and there would be progress toward a solution.”

I don’t even slightly agree. The Times should be ashamed of themselves for suggesting such stupidity. Since when have drones and sensors alone stopped caravans? The Democrats’ plan, as enunciated by Nancy Pelosi, calls for a high tech barrier. That’s worthless. Period. While that would end the government shutdown, it wouldn’t stop illegal immigration. That’s the gospel according to experts like Brandon Judd, Bryan Dean Wright and Thomas Homan. Homan is the former acting director of ICE, Judd is the former president of the Border Patrol Union while Wright is a former CIA operations officer and a Democrat. Here’s what he said in a recent interview with Tucker Carlson:

“between 1,000 and 3,000 people who cross the southern border every day. Now that should be a starting point to say ‘what we’re doing now isn’t working.’ Now the Democrats are proposing spending $1.3 billion, just like they did last year and years prior. What that tells me is that my party is saying ‘look, let’s keep doing business-as-usual’ even though business-as-usual is getting us 1,000-3,000 people across the border every day. Now that’s just crazy. Everybody watching this program, the most reasonable people, will say ‘why are we doubling down on stupid? Why are we doubling down on broken.’ That doesn’t make any sense.

Here’s the interview:

Nothing in the Democrats’ plan is a solution. Period. That means that nothing in the Times’ editorial provides a solution, either. The Democrats’ goal is to re-open the government while letting tons of illegal aliens into the country. That isn’t a solution. That’s the opposite of a solution.

Democrats in Congress need to keep pushing proposals that end the shutdown and seek to bolster border security. They started down the right track upon taking power in the House by approving (with some Republican support) measures partially reopened government and put $1.3 billion toward border security. Now up those antes by allowing some money to pay for new or improved walls where security experts say they make sense.

Until Sunday, Democrats hadn’t proposed anything substantive. Pelosi started by saying she wouldn’t spend a penny on Trump’s wall. The next time they met, she said she’d offer Trump $1. That isn’t a typo. She didn’t offer $1,000,000,000. Pelosi offered a dollar.

The upside to the Times’ plan is that it’ll remove the gavel from Ms. Pelosi’s hand. The downside is that it’ll take 2 years to happen.

This SCTimes Our View editorial would be right at home on CNN’s Reliable Sources.

A couple paragraphs in, the editorial states “America’s voters have a couple of options. They certainly can directly engage their members of Congress. Demand to know their positions not about the border wall, but about what it would take to reach a deal that reopens government and crafts a more effective border-security solution than a wall many security experts say would be ineffective.”

I’ve read dozens of articles about border security. I’ve heard tons of quotes saying that ‘security experts say the wall would be ineffective.’ None of those articles name the security experts. Here’s my question to the SC Times: do these security experts exist? Here’s another question I might ask: are they real or are they as fictional as the ‘sources’ in Buzzfeed’s article claiming that President Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress?

If the Times’ editorial was sold in a bookstore, it’d be best placed with fantasies. Here’s why:

President Trump and the White House are best positioned to end the impasse quickly. Of course, that would mean the president would have to compromise — something he’s seldom done since being elected, especially with Democrats.

Democrats in Congress need to keep pushing proposals that end the shutdown and seek to bolster border security.

What planet are these idiots living on? What proposals have Democrats proposed that contained anything faintly resembling a compromise? To the best of my knowledge, the Democrats’ next proposal that includes a compromise will be their first compromise.

Further, President Trump has offered 2 compromise proposals, including this one yesterday:

Then there’s this:

Common-sense congressional Republicans can publicly embrace them, which just might be enough of an opening to allow this president to claim a symbolic victory — one not worth even close to $5.7 billion but certainly money well spent to reopen the government.

How about the Times actually doing its research? Better yet, how about the Democrats doing the right thing for once? Who am I kidding? That’s as likely to happen as Cormier’s and Leopold’s anonymous sources coming forward.

This Saturday, I wrote this post highlighting President Trump’s offer intended to bring both sides to the negotiating table. It failed. In fact, it failed before President Trump offered it. According to Bloomberg’s article, “Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the proposal on Saturday, hours before Trump outlined it in a White House speech to the nation.”

What’s interesting is that this isn’t the only ‘efficiency’ that Democrats display. Notice how Democrats vote in lock-step with leadership. Notice how Democrat members of the Problem Solvers Caucus issued a statement exactly reflecting Ms. Pelosi’s views that they wouldn’t negotiate until the government was re-opened? Translation: We won’t negotiate until Republicans forfeit their leverage. Right.

Mitch McConnell weighed in on the situation:

This bill takes a bipartisan approach to re-opening the closed portions of the federal government. It pairs the border security investment that our nation needs with additional immigration measures that both Democrat and Republican members of Congress believe are necessary. Unlike the bills that have come from the House over the past few weeks, this proposal could actually resolve this impasse. It has the full support of the President and could be signed into law to quickly reopen the government.

Everyone has made their point—now it’s time to make a law. I intend to move to this legislation this week. With bipartisan cooperation, the Senate can send a bill to the House quickly so that they can take action as well. The situation for furloughed employees isn’t getting any brighter and the crisis at the border isn’t improved by show votes.

Let’s get this impasse resolved. That means my-way-or-the-highway proposals don’t fly.

If we needed additional proof that Democrats hate President Trump, Democrats supplied that proof today. Trump said “I am here today to break the logjam and provide congress with a pathway forward to end the government shutdown.” It didn’t take long for Democrats to reject President Trump’s plan:

But the approach had already been rejected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats who said it largely repackaged a proposal that had failed earlier. Pelosi called the idea a “non-starter,” and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also panned the proposal as a way to reopen the government, even though Trump’s plan cribbed from Durbin’s own legislation.

Simply put, Democrats hate President Trump more than they like this country. Democrats don’t care if our nation is overrun with illegal aliens. Democrats don’t care if our border is secure. What Democrats want most of all is to politically demolish President Trump.

Obviously, the plan is to make Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and freshman House Democrats look unreasonable. That isn’t difficult since Democrats are totally unreasonable. Say goodbye to that Speaker’s gavel, Nancy. Many of those freshmen that were elected in 2018 won’t be returning thanks to your intransigence. Now that we know that Ms. Pelosi isn’t returning to the negotiating table, it’s time to go nuclear. The thing Republicans need to understand is that Democrats aren’t interested in bipartisanship. They’re interested in demolishing President Trump’s presidency. Period.

The Agenda Media won’t report on this fairly either. They’re part of the open borders crowd. They don’t care about protecting Americans. That’s why it’s impossible to pressure Democrats. It’d be different if we had an honest press. We don’t. (Think Buzzfeed.) President Trump should drop the hammer the minute that Senate Democrats filibuster President Trump’s offer:

Here’s what I’d write if I was President Trump’s chief speechwriter:

Democrats in the House and Senate have left me no alternatives. While more caravans head toward the border, Democrats and their allies in the Agenda Media insist that this is a “manufactured crisis.” How dare they say that. I dare them to tell that to the Angel families that I’ve met, the Angel families that tried meeting with Speaker Pelosi but were told she wasn’t there.

Democrats insist that they’re for border security. That’s a lie. If they’re for true border security, they wouldn’t have voted to filibuster the bill just presented for Senate consideration. They wouldn’t have issued a letter saying that it was dead on arrival in the House.

In both instances, Democrats said that they’d only allow a vote if the government opened first. When I asked Speaker Pelosi if she’d fund the wall if I re-opened the government, she said “No.” I’ve been willing to negotiate throughout. Unfortunately, Democrats have rejected my offers to even meet. I can’t negotiate with myself.

Therefore, I’m left with just one option. Today, I’m invoking the Emergencies Act to protect the United States from mass illegal immigration, drug trafficking and human trafficking. While Democrats insist that I’m manufacturing this crisis, people from California to Texas to Staten Island have felt the pain of these criminals. If that doesn’t constitute a national emergency, nothing does.

My highest priority as president is to protect human lives. Because Democrats won’t join with me in protecting American lives, I’m taking action to protect those lives.

For days, I’ve heard pundits opine that the word ‘wall’ is what’s preventing the shutdown from getting solved. It isn’t. What’s preventing it from getting solved is a single person — Nancy Pelosi. It’s her position to demolish the Trump Presidency. That’s what it’s always been. That’s why this shutdown will end in one of 2 ways.

This shutdown will either end when President Trump declares a national emergency or when Republicans and Democrats put together legislation that funds the wall and that fixes other immigration problems, then 218 (or more) Republicans and Democrats in the House file a discharge petition to force that vote.

Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus met with President Trump today. Dean Phillips was one of those attending. While he’s a member of the Caucus, he isn’t in it wholeheartedly. During the campaign, he said that both parties needed new leadership. Then his first 2 votes were for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker. If that’s his idea of new leadership, then he isn’t a problem-solver.

Meanwhile, Sen. Mark Warner put his foot in his mouth during this interview:

About a minute into the video, Sen. Warner said that we should listen to the experts. That’ what I’ve been advocating for 2 weeks. If Democrats listened to Art del Queto, Thomas Homan, Bryan Dean Wright and Brandon Judd, this shutdown wouldn’t have happened. Instead, Democrats have parroted Ms. Pelosi’s line that walls are expensive and ineffective. These experts said the exact opposite.

Personally, I’ll trust the experts over a windbag politician like Ms. Pelosi anytime.

It’s becoming clearer each day that Democrats aren’t interested in good-faith negotiations. It’s pretty clear that Democrats are ‘the Party of No.’ President Trump invited Democrats to the White House multiple times, including Tuesday, when they failed to show up:

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday rejected President Trump’s invitation to a lunch meeting at the White House to discuss border security, in the latest sign that both sides of the government shutdown standoff remain entrenched in their positions with no compromise in sight.

A senior administration official told Fox News that the president had invited Democrats to join his lunch with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room shortly after noon. But moments before the session, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that nobody took them up on the offer.

Shifting from offering no money to offering to spend $1 to build the barrier, which is what Speaker Pelosi did, isn’t negotiating in good faith. Meanwhile, President Trump has offered Democrats several different options in exchange for barrier funding. That’s the definition of good faith negotiating.

I can’t picture this lasting much longer. If Democrats stay away from the negotiating table while not making a substantive counter-offer, I’d recommend President Trump use his emergency powers. The faster the Democrats’ lawsuit gets filed, the faster the Supreme Court hears the case. Imagine the Supreme Court ruling in President Trump’s favor in June, 2020. That’d guarantee his re-election. It’d also an uphill fight for House Democrats to retain their majority.

Let’s be blunt about something. The Democrats’ image crisis just got worse this weekend. It started with Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi thought that it was a good idea to offer a rebuttal to President Trump’s Oval Office speech on why the nation needs a border barrier. If asked how I’d phrase how they looked that night, I’m betting that that first thing that’d pop into my mind would be that Chuck and Nancy looked ‘almost lifelike’.

The next day, President Trump invited the House and Senate leadership to the White House. Democrats insisted that President Trump re-open government immediately. President Trump asked whether Speaker Pelosi would fund his wall if he re-opened the government. She emphatically said she wouldn’t, at which point President Trump said that the Democrats were wasting his time before leaving the Situation Room.

The Democrats were winning the fight until Chuck and Nancy turned themselves into a skit for SNL. Then they insisted that they wouldn’t negotiate in good faith. At this point, public polling still shows them winning this fight. It won’t show that a month from now. That’s because 30 Democrats decided to accept lobbyists’ invitation to fly down to Puerto Rico.

I’m sure they worked hard while down there, though this picture suggests otherwise:

President Trump and his conservative allies are slamming some Democrats for traveling to Puerto Rico over the weekend as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues to drag on.

“I’ve been here all weekend. A lot of democrats were in Puerto Rico celebrating something,” the president told reporters Monday morning before heading to New Orleans to attend the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention. “I don’t know, maybe they’re celebrating the shutdown.”

A contingent of more than 30 Democratic lawmakers, the largest delegation to visit Puerto Rico, traveled to the island to discuss post-Hurricane Maria recovery efforts, unpopular austerity measures and federal investment to the territory with local officials. The delegation is also there to participate in fundraising events hosted by Bold PAC, a political committee that serves as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ fundraising arm. Presidential hopeful and former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary Julián Castro also traveled to the island after launching his White House bid in San Antonio Saturday.

While President Trump waits in the White House to negotiate in good faith, Democrats insist on not taking this nation’s security seriously. He’s made Democrats an offer. He’s even offered Democrats several immigration items that they’ve recently called for.

At some point in the not-so-distant future, Democrats will be seen as unreasonable. That’s when they polling will flip.

Doug Schoen’s op-ed sounds reasonable. Unfortunately, Schoen’s thinking is flawed. For instance, Schoen is wrong in saying “People are working without paychecks and key agencies have stopped functioning, all while President Trump and the Democrats remain in a standoff over his unrelenting demand for $5 billion to build a border wall. It is clear that his plan is not working. Even key Republicans are growing increasingly frustrated with his lack of will to compromise.”

What’s actually clear is that Speaker Pelosi isn’t willing to negotiate in good faith. For that matter, freshmen Democrats who ran on the promise that they’d never vote for Pelosi or who said that both parties needed new leadership have cheerfully followed Ms. Pelosi while keeping the government shut.

What’s actually happening is that President Trump has negotiated in good faith. He’s the only person who has put a detailed plan on the table. Further, when President Trump asked Ms. Pelosi if she’d provide any funding if he opened the government, Ms. Pelosi emphatically said she wouldn’t. That isn’t the path to good-faith compromise. Ms. Pelosi’s is the path to obstructionism.

Watch this video, then tell Ms. Pelosi that this isn’t a manufactured crisis:

As these Angel families get more air time, the tide will turn, if it hasn’t already. People will get assaulted with facts, which changes everything. When reality collides with spin, reality wins eventually.

If you live in the district of a freshman Democrat in a swing district, call them up. Tell them to stand up to Ms. Pelosi’s my-way-or-the-highway negotiating. It’s time to put a stop to Ms. Pelosi’s hostage-taking.

Beginning with his Oval Office address last week, President Trump and his administration have carefully orchestrated for the dialogue to be about a “national emergency” at the southern border, thus turning the entire political conversation to immigration and the need to build a wall. Will his plan work? It seems unlikely. But then again, his election was unlikely.

Schoen is wrong about Trump’s plan. The border wall will work when combined with the other changes he’s included in his plan. That’s because he’s spoken with Border Patrol agents. (Personally, I call them experts since they’re the ones working along the border.) Pelosi and Sen. Schumer are just a pair of blowhard politicians with a political axe to grind. If given the choice between trusting an expert or a blowhard politician, I’ll pick the expert every time.

If Schoen wants to trust blowhard politicians more than experts, that’s his problem. I won’t let him make it mine.

Friday night’s Hannity program was easily his best. As I told a friend, I’m not Mr. Hannity’s biggest fan. Still, I can’t deny the powerful impact Friday night’s townhall had on me. It’s important to know that each of the panelists is an Angel Parent. In fact, I’ve interviewed several of the Angel moms, including Agnes Gibboney, Sabine Durden and MaryAnn Mendoza. (I admit that this isn’t just another post for me because I’ve interviewed a number of these Angel moms.)

First, here’s the video to Hannity’s show:

Hannity focused initially on the Democrats’ chanting point of calling this border battle as a “manufactured crisis.” Pay special attention to the montages of Democrat politicians and their liberal parasites in the MSM/Agenda Media. In the final segment of the townhall meeting, MaryAnn Mendoza challenged Speaker Pelosi:

I would love the opportunity to stand in front of Nancy Pelosi, mother to mother, and look her in the eye, and say ‘which child of yours or grandchild of yours would you give up to support this agenda of yours, this horrendous lie.

Then Mendoza showed what a cold-hearted bitch Pelosi is:

I called Nancy Pelosi’s office to request another meeting with her while I’m in DC and it was dead silence from her staffer. I said “This is Angel Mom MaryAnn Mendoza. I’d like to request a meeting face-to-face and mother-to-mother with Nancy Pelosi about this situation. Dead silence. The staffer said ‘no, I’ll put you through to her voice mail. You can leave her a message.”

Only a cold-hearted bitch would do that to a mother who had lost a loved one. I hope Ms. Pelosi feels MaryAnn’s wrath sometime soon.