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Anyone that thinks that President Trump won’t get the wall built are either kidding themselves or they haven’t studied the tools at President Trump’s disposal. One guy who gets it is Bill O’Reilly. Check out this video and you’ll understand why I say this:

There’s a reason why President Trump doesn’t think they’ll reach a compromise. Actually, there’s multiple reasons why. The biggest reason in Ms. Pelosi. The next biggest reason are the Democrats negotiating on the conference committee. Any conference committee that’s got Dick Durbin, Pat Leahy, Nita Lowey and Barbara Lee (the only member in Congress to vote against the war right after 9/11) is far left and then some.

Apparently, Jim Clyburn didn’t get the memo:

I applaud the president’s reopening of the federal government and appreciate his recognition of the need for a “smart wall,” which I have defined as one that uses drones, scanners, and sensors to create a technological barrier too high to climb over, too wide to go around, and too deep to burrow under. Traditional walls are primitive and ineffective. They are expensive to build and to maintain. And throughout history—from the Wall of Jericho to the Great Wall of China to the Berlin Wall—they have ultimately failed to achieve their goals.

What a liar! The Berlin Wall kept Germans from experiencing freedom for almost 30 years. The wall in Israel has kept terrorists from killing Israelites for over a decade.

Further, if anyone thinks that smart walls stop caravans, then they’re either too stupid or too dishonest to serve in Congress.

Based on this op-ed, I’d argue that Clyburn’s statements to Chris Wallace this past Sunday were exceptionally slippery:

WALLACE: Yes, so, I just want to make sure bottom line, are you saying no negotiations until the president reopens the government, and are you saying, as Speaker Pelosi does, under no circumstances, no money — new money for the wall?
CLYBURN: No, I’m not saying that. I’m saying yes to the first part. To the second part, it seemed as if the president started talking about barriers in a statement yesterday. And as you realize, I have been talking about barriers for a long time. A smart wall will be a barrier. A smart wall would be using drones, using sensors, using X-ray equipment to be an effective wall.
Not just something that would be a monument to one’s existence, but to be a deterrent at the border and to be an effective barrier for people who are trying to come in illegally. And while we’re doing that

This indicates that President Trump will have to use the Emergency Powers Act to get his wall. It’s clear that Pelosi won’t spend a dime.

After reading this article, the obvious question is whether Nancy Pelosi will accept this offer or if she’ll simple ignore these women. I’m betting that she’ll ignore them, even if they appear in the First Lady’s box during the SOTU Address.

A group of women whose husbands work as Border Patrol officers are inviting Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to come to McAllen, Texas, to see what’s taking place at the U.S.-Mexico border. “We would like to show you around!” Jill Demanski wrote in a Facebook post to Pelosi last Thursday, which marked the 34th day of the government shutdown. “You don’t need to bring any security detail. Our husbands/boyfriends/fiancés/wives/significant others are actually very good at their jobs, thank goodness! And since you see no threat here, I’m sure you can just make a quick flight down here alone.”

During the shutdown, I wrote President Trump with the suggestion that he include some of the Angel families in the FLOTUS box, as well as border patrol agents. I also suggested that President Trump blister Ms. Pelosi in the opening of his speech. With her sitting right behind him, its a golden opportunity to highlight the fact that she flew to Hawaii for Christmas while President Trump cancelled his Christmas plans. If he thinks that’s too harsh, he can dial it back a notch or 2.

Democrats might want to consider this:

The government shutdown is over — for now — but the political ramifications are still being sorted out. The media has been chortling that Donald Trump “caved,” and he may well have lost this battle with congressional Democrats. Their “victory,” such as it is, is to notify American voters that they are so opposed to a wall and a secure border that they were willing to keep the government shut down for four weeks to ensure it doesn’t happen.

Trump has thus exposed the Pelosi-Schumer Democrats as being hopelessly soft on illegal immigration. Some Democrats are starting to wonder whether they have dug their own political grave for 2020. This is why in recent days congressional Democrats are screaming from the rafters that they are for border security — just not the way Trump wants to do it.

The reality is far from this spin. At the start of the shutdown, the Pelosi crowd was saying that “there is no border crisis” and that “a wall is immoral.” But actions speak louder than words, and every response to illegal immigration over the past decade proves they don’t want it stopped. Democrats have instead openly encouraged illegal immigration.

There’s only one vote that matters on this or any other issue. That vote belongs to Nancy Pelosi. Democrats, including Chuck Schumer, don’t matter. That’s why I agree with President Trump that a deal won’t get reached. Pelosi is too dug in to let President Trump get credit for an important victory.

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.

According to this article, Jerry Nadler, the Democrat chairing the House Judiciary Committee, “said his panel would ‘get to the bottom’ of the allegations in a Thursday night report from BuzzFeed News that have caused an uproar among congressional Democrats.”

Later, Nadler said “We know that the President has engaged in a long pattern of obstruction. Directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime. The @HouseJudiciary Committee’s job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work.” Nadler isn’t the only idiot Democrat jumping in:

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, also said that his panel would do “what’s necessary to find out if it’s true” that Trump had directed Cohen, a longtime loyalist and fixer, to lie to Congress about plans for a massive Trump Tower in Moscow.

“The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date,” Schiff said in a late-night tweet Thursday shortly after the BuzzFeed story posted.

House Democrats and the media wing of the Democratic Party, aka the Agenda Media, aka CNN and MSNBC, hate President Trump so much that they didn’t bother to check whether Buzzfeed’s sources were true. That should’ve been their first step, especially considering the fact that Buzzfeed has a lengthy and far-from-distinguished history of running without getting its facts straight. Later, this was written:

The Washington Post has not independently verified the report, on which congressional Republicans have largely remained silent.

There’s only one reason why the Washington Post and other media outlets didn’t verify the story. They wanted it to be true so bad that they just abandoned journalistic standards. What’s most disgusting is that Democrats care more about impeaching President Trump than they care about protecting 15-year-olds like this little girl:

While Democrats gear up for fake investigations into imaginary crimes, little girls like this one get brutalized. Prior to them getting their majority back, Marie Harf repeatedly told us that “Democrats could walk and chew gum at the same time”, meaning they could investigate and legislate at the same time. Thus far, they’ve failed at both. It’s time to restore Republicans to the majority in the House so we can return to getting important things done. Important things like getting the economy straightened out, reducing regulations so small businesses have a chance at succeeding and building the wall so MS-13 can’t terrorize little girls like the one they killed in the above picture.

We can’t afford to have a political party in charge that’s this hateful and nonproductive. The Democrats’ highest priority is tormenting President Trump. Thus far, they haven’t done a thing to make life better for Americans. What a shame.

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.

Wednesday, President Trump invited members of the Problem Solvers Caucus to the White House to figure out a way to secure the border and re-open the federal government. After the meeting, all attending said all the right things: the meeting was productive, etc. I don’t know if it actually was productive but that’s what they said.

The bigger point that’s been lost since the creation of the Problem Solvers Caucus is that everyone in the House, Senate and the White House are there to solve problems. That’s what the American people expect of them. Why haven’t the American people criticized Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Schumer mercilessly for playing political games? They’ve both voted for a barrier between the US and Mexico.

That means that this shutdown is about denying President Trump a political victory. But I digress.

Pelosi and Schumer are at the top of the Democrats’ leadership hierarchy. Instead of providing leadership, they’re acting like children. That’s the definition of acting like a juvenile. They should both be thrown out as leaders for not providing pro-American leadership. (It doesn’t help that partisan idiots like Peter Beinart write articles with titles like Nancy Pelosi is winning. What, exactly, is she supposedly winning? There’s no proof that she’s winning over hearts and minds. There’s no proof that Republican voters are switching allegiances to the Democrats. She certainly isn’t winning over Angel families:

Check out the video about 3 minutes in. Nancy Pelosi hid in her office. Pelosi had her office staffers tell a significant gathering of Angel moms that she wasn’t in the office. Then they found out she was in that office.

How can you negotiate with a lying witch like that? Obviously, you can’t. As for the Problem Solvers Caucus, there’s no reason to trust them. They’re Democrats and ideologues first, representatives of their constituents last.

Republicans should highlight the Democrats’ dishonesty each day. They should highlight that walls aren’t immoral. Republicans should highlight that Democrats are highly immoral. Finally, Republicans should highlight the fact that the Democrats in the Problem Solvers Caucus can’t be trusted until their actions prove that they’re interested in solving problems.

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.