Archive for December, 2018

There’s no doubt that Democrats will cave on building President Trump’s wall. The only question is when it’ll happen. Democrats have already admitted that what’s in effect isn’t working. Further, Democrats can’t hide the fact that they’ve voted for border wall funding previously. In fact, rather prominent Democrats have voted for the wall, including President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein. In fact, that quintet voted to spend much more than the $5,700,000,000 that President Trump is asking for right now.

How can these Democrats continue to say no with this information floating around out there? Let’s remember something important about President Trump’s election. Voters signaled that they were tired of politics as usual. They demanded politicians that actually got things done. Thus far, Democrats have sounded like obstructionists.

President Trump has made counter-proposals. Democrats haven’t. They’ve just repeated their mantra that they’re for border security, too. I’m not saying that Republicans have done the right thing. They’ve failed, too.

Byron York’s article highlights the Democrats’ hypocrisy:

In 2006 Congress passed the Secure Fence Act, which mandated the construction of multilayer pedestrian fencing along about 600 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. It passed with big, bipartisan majorities: 283 votes in the House and 80 in the Senate. Some top Democrats who are still in the Senate today supported the fence: Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Ron Wyden, Debbie Stabenow, and Sherrod Brown. Just the next year, Congress made clear it didn’t really mean what it said. The new law was amended to make fence building optional.

In 2013, Congress got back into the fence game. The Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill included something called the “Southern Border Fencing Strategy.” It called for 700 miles of at least single-layer pedestrian fencing along the border. It wasn’t a standalone measure; the fence was to be part of a broader package of border security measures alongside provisions that would create a process by which the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants would ultimately gain a path to citizenship.

It’s just a matter of time before Democrats are forced to cave. They’ve been dealt a difficult hand despite what the MSM has written. At some point, they’ll have to do something that will upset their base. They can’t continue to play to the Democrats’ worst instincts.

When Democrats listen to their hard left wing, they lose bigtime. Democrats will lose because they’re liars. It’s painful to listen to this particular liar:

I just read President Reagan’s final speech from the Oval Office. Despite what Ms. Pelosi said, President Reagan never once mentioned the Statue of Liberty in that speech. That’s why I won’t trust her on border security.

Based on this article, it’s apparent that Democrat senators haven’t read Article VI, Clause 3 of the US Constitution. That clause prohibits religious tests, saying “but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

Sen. Hirono, (D-HI), and Sen. Harris, (D-Calif.) recently sent questions “to District Court judge nominee Brian Buescher, [challenging] his suitability for the bench because he belongs to” the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization:

Sens. Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris, in written questions to District Court judge nominee Brian Buescher, challenged his suitability for the bench because he belongs to this charitable Catholic group. Hirono claimed that the Knights have taken “extreme positions” such as affirming Catholic belief in traditional marriage and even asked Buescher, “If confirmed, do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?” In today’s Democratic Party, the new McCarthyism asks, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Knights of Columbus?”

It isn’t difficult to make the case that Sen. Hirono hates men. This video uses Sen. Hirono’s own words to make the case that she hates men:

This isn’t the first time Democrats have used a religious test:

Last year, during confirmation hearings, Sen. Dianne Feinstein noted the devotion of Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family to the Catholic Church and admonished that “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s a concern.” Sen. Feinstein’s devotion to ignoring the Constitution speaks loudly about what’s her highest priority.

In this article, outgoing St. Cloud City Councilmember John Libert said “If you look at the city council as a job…the job description basically is making sure the city is running well. Part of your job description isn’t talking about national issues — immigration, the Mexico wall, our relationship with Canada. It may be a personal issue someone may have but it’s not part of your job description so you’ve got to focus on your job description and do your job.”

It’s sad that Councilman Libert didn’t do his homework on the subject. The Refugee Act of 1980 in 8 U.S.C 1522(2)(A) gives specific instructions to city councils on their responsibilities, saying “The Director and the Federal agency administering subsection (b)(1) of this section shall consult regularly (not less often than quarterly) with State and local governments and private nonprofit voluntary agencies concerning the sponsorship process and the intended distribution of refugees among the States and localities before their placement in those States and localities.”

It’s indisputable that city councils are part of local governments. It’s equally indisputable that federal agencies have a responsibility to “consult regularly” with city councils “before [refugees are placed] in those…localities.”

Apparently, Councilman Libert hasn’t figured it out that he had a responsibility to monitor primary resettlement in St. Cloud. Thankfully, he’s been relieved of those responsibilities.

Libert said Johnson’s “bashing of St. Cloud State” during his tenure on the council was the “dumbest thing in the world. What you’ve got to do is say, ‘St. Cloud State, we know you’ve got some enrollment issues but we’re here. What can we do to help you?’ We can hold our hands out and our hearts open,” Libert said.

Paul Brandmire defeated Libert this past election. I’m confident he’ll make smarter decisions than Libert did.

Christ has been called many things, including the Messiah, the Word, the Alpha and Omega and Lord of lords. Each Christmas, I read the Christmas story from Luke Ch. 2. I always pick the King James Version of the Bible for that reading because of its royal language:

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

If ever there was a night when people beheld God’s majesty, it’s the night of Christ’s birth. This is the only time in history when people saw the Heavenly host. If ever there was a night when people felt excited and in the presence of God, that was the night. That’s the reason why He’s rightly called “the King of kings.”

While Jesus is worthy of endless praise, that isn’t the example he set. It’s that He entered time and space not as a majestic ruler but as a little baby reliant on His mother. The Hebrew nation was expecting a militaristic king like David. The Bible says that David was “a man after God’s own heart.” Jesus didn’t come to win military battles. Jesus came to transform hearts and minds.

Finally, the Heavenly host appeared to shepherds tending their flocks out in the countryside. They didn’t appear to the Sanhedrin or the priests who were of Aaron’s lineage. The Sanhedrin, Pharisees and the priests were considered the holy people of the nation of Israel.

Thank God that He cared about all people, not just the exalted people in society.

Doug Schoen is usually one of the more sensible Democrats. He’s frequently calling for compromises on the issues. That’s what he’s doing in this op-ed about the partial government shutdown. In promoting this compromise, Schoen is promoting the continuation of failure.

In his op-ed, Schoen said “The president’s strategy to shut down the government for the sake of a border wall only days before the Democrats assume majority control of the House is foolish and wrong.” Shame on Schoen for such a foolish statement. It’s apparent that doing the right thing isn’t popular in Washington, DC. In fact, doing what’s right frequently gets pushed aside in DC. Bryan Dean Wright illustrates that in this interview with Tucker Carlson:

Here’s how Wright exposes Democrats:

“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.

Actually, it makes perfect sense if you think things through. Throw aside the notion that Democrats want to secure the border. That’s BS. Nothing they’ve done this year says that they’re serious about that. In light of that startling truth, Schoen’s ‘compromise’ looks more like total appeasement than compromise.

If Democrats wanted what’s best for America, they’d immediately agree to close the asylum loopholes and other flaws in our immigration system. That should be immediately agreed to by Republicans, including President Trump. In fact, that should be demanded by the American people. Further, if this was based on doing what’s right, the only debate about the wall should be about whether fully funding it immediately is best or whether it’s fully funded after the blueprints are submitted and approved by the border patrol.

Sen. Schumer’s demand that President Trump stop demanding a border wall is proof that Democrats are intent on not fixing the border security. It’s impossible to compromise with people who don’t share that important objective.

This afternoon, I sat down in front of my big-screen TV and watched a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. Then I watched the Journal Editorial Report. At the end of the afternoon, I made myself a pizza before settling in and watching a pair of football games. The fact that the government was shut down only entered my mind during the Journal Editorial Report’s segment on the government shutdown.

Tomorrow morning, I’m going to church to worship the birth of the Messiah, then I’m coming home to watch the Vikings thump the Lions before taking a nap. Suffice it to say that I won’t miss the government tomorrow, either. It simply isn’t a big deal. I’m confident that I won’t freak out over the Democrats’ shutdown. Yes, you heard that right.

The Democrats own this shutdown. Hugh Hewitt explains why in this tweet:

Why isn’t this Sen. Schumer’s shutdown? This isn’t President Trump’s shutdown just because he said he’d be happy to own it. It’s Sen. Schumer’s shutdown because, in the words of Bryan Dean Wright, a Democrat, “Why are we doubling down on stupid?”:

What we’ve been doing isn’t working. That isn’t opinion. It’s a statistical, verifiable fact. It’s also a statistical, verifiable fact that Sen. Schumer has repeatedly said that he won’t consider fixing the problem. In fact, Sen. Schumer, by saying that Democrats won’t vote to build an inch of the wall, is essentially saying that Democrats are heading in the opposite direction of fixing the border security situation.

Let’s be serious about something. I hope that Democrats hold out until the new year on the wall. At that point, they’ll be responsible for half of the Legislative Branch. That means they’ll be required to produce actual solutions. If there’s anything that Democrats specialize in, it’s kicking the can down the road and not fixing problems. Fixing problems just isn’t part of the Democrats’ DNA. Here’s what Democrats are good at:

It’s time to tell lazy Democrats and Republicans to fix the border. We’re tired of watching caravans enter without getting punished. We’re tired of watching sex traffickers and human traffickers make money.

Tonight, after the shutdown, Rep. Andy Biggs, (R-AZ), made several compelling cases for building the wall. Rep. Biggs appeared with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi on Fox News @ Night. Here’s a brief exchange between Rep. Biggs and host Shannon Bream:

Rep. Biggs: We just need a border wall because border security is imperative.
Shannon Bream: But you know that Democrats won’t vote for that.
Rep. Biggs: Well, I don’t know that yet. They’re saying that.
Shannon Bream: We’ll ask one soon enough.
Rep. Biggs: He didn’t vote for it in the House. When they say they want border security, what do they think border security is? I live on the border in Arizona. I’m down on the border. I know what border security looks like. I talk to border patrol agents. I talk to ranchers who live along the border. I talk to people who live along the border and they want a wall. We know that when we built the San Diego/San Ysidro port, we know that it cut down illegal border crossings by 85%.

Rep. Krishnamoorthi never did define what he thought border security looked like.

Rep. Biggs is a legitimate border security expert because he’s constantly in contact with border patrol agents and people who deal with illegal immigration and the other things that are part of the criminal enterprise. Democrats won’t admit it but illegal immigration is just a fraction of the cartels’ enterprises. Human trafficking, sex trafficking, drug running, gun running and other things are part of the cartels’ operation, too.

I’m tired of hearing Democrats saying that the wall won’t stop illegal immigration. Nobody said that it would. We’ve just said that it’s an essential tool in the illegal immigration toolbox. Finally, check out Bryan Dean Wright’s interview with Tucker:

Sen. Schumer repeatedly says that “Everyone knows that the House bill can’t pass the Senate.” I don’t doubt that Sen. Schumer, in this instance, is a better vote counter than Nancy Pelosi is. (Remember that Ms. Pelosi told President Trump didn’t have the votes to pass funding for President Trump’s border wall. Last night, Republicans passed the bill that Ms. Pelosi said they didn’t have the votes to pass. PS- It passed by a 217-185 margin, hardly a nail-biter.) But I digress. Back to Sen. Schumer.

Sen. Schumer hasn’t say why he isn’t willing to push his members into doing the right thing. Make no mistake about this — building the wall is the right thing. Sen. McConnell is right in making this statement:

Yesterday, the House passed an amended version of the continuing resolution to sustain government funding and sent it here for our consideration. In addition to giving the entire federal government the necessary resources to operate into the New Year, this legislation also provides much-needed investments in disaster relief for hard-hit communities and in our national security, particularly the integrity of our borders.

In my view, this is legislation that would be quite uncontroversial in a more normal political moment — in a moment when both parties put the obvious national interest ahead of any personal spite for the president. I support the additional border security and disaster aid that the House added to the bill and I will proudly vote for it.

It’s not a radical concept that the American people’s government should be able to control the people and goods that flow into our country. It’s not a radical concept that physical barriers play an important role in achieving security, unless there’s a caucus of lawmakers who go to bed at night with their front doors wide open that I’m not aware of. What is radical, what is way out of the mainstream, is this absurd premise of the open-borders Far Left that achieving basic stability and law enforcement on our Southern border is somehow, in itself, uncompassionate, or discriminatory, or immoral.

It isn’t controversial. It’s quite sensible. Thanks to the MSM, Sen. Schumer hasn’t had to explain why he won’t contribute the votes to pass this bill. What he fails to understand is the fact that, while he’s on the winning side temporarily, this is a long-term loser for Democrats.

BTW, this afternoon, Sen. Jeff Flake voted against the House bill. That isn’t surprising considering how much he hates President Trump. Good riddance to that maggot. He won’t be missed.

This isn’t a secret but A.B. Stoddard, who pretends to be unbiased politically, is actually a partisan hack. Yesterday on Special Report’s All-Star Panel, Stoddard ripped off the mask when she said “A congressman, who is close to leadership and knows what’s going on, told me … that they don’t know what’s going on, they weren’t certain that they’d have the votes, and they were hoping that even if it failed, the president would come to his senses. There wasn’t a Senate plan, there was a ‘President Trump comes to his senses’ plan. I think the nation’s fourth-graders know this is no way to run a lemonade stand. This is completely irresponsible. The markets are rattling on the prospect of a shutdown that’s turning on Ann Coulter’s tweets.”

Later, she criticized Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows for urging President Trump to stick to his insistence of getting border wall funding, saying that their advice amounted to “political malpractice.”

Let’s be clear about something. Securing the border is the right thing to do. Building a wall to help accomplish that is essential. That’s immaterial to Stoddard, who apparently isn’t interested in good policy. She’s apparently only interested in whether the process is orderly.

Further, it’s disrespectful to say that there’s a need for a ‘president comes to his senses deal’. He’s the only one making sense in all this. It’s impossible to secure the border without building the wall. The statistics bear that out. Democrats who oppose the wall, aka Chuck and Nancy, are the people who need help. They’re putting the Democrats’ special interest allies’ wish list ahead of America’s needs. How sad.

Thursday night, Sen. Schumer and soon-to-be-Speaker Pelosi, aka Chuck & Nancy, criticized President Trump for being willing to shut down government while telling millions of Americans that their security wasn’t important enough to them. While official DC mumbles about the need for border security, politicians sit on their hands while failing to build the wall.

I’m not praising GOP leadership for finding the votes to fund the rest of government while building President Trump’s wall. I’m praising Rush Limbaugh for reminding President Trump that the American people are counting on him to fight. I’m praising President Trump for fighting for the American people. I’m praising President Trump for rubbing Pelosi’s face in it:

Thursday night, Chuck & Nancy said some things that I suspect that they’ll regret. Steve Scalise gave Democrats the option:

Let’s be succinct about this. Up until now, Democrats have put a higher priority on keeping government open than they’ve put on preventing human trafficking. It’s impossible for Democrats to be pro-border security and indifferent towards preventing human trafficking. Sen. Marco Rubio summarized things perfectly in this tweet:

It won’t be surprising to see a shutdown Friday night at midnight. Democrats haven’t budged an inch. They also haven’t listened to the Israelis or the Border Patrol. That’s because, apparently, Democrats think that they know better on border security than the border patrol and know better on stopping dangerous people than Israelis.

That’s the personification of arrogance.