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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Don't freak out about the wall

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades today wrote, "Border Wall or Downfall. Your Choice, Mister President."

Sefton joined Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh in freaking out over the the wall. Again.

We went over this in September 2017 when he met with Pelosaurus Vex and Amy Schumer's cousin at the White House. Chuck and Nancy told reporters afterward that Trump caved and would grant amnesty and not build the wall.

Carolyn Lochhead wrote, "Trump alliance with Democrats on DACA stuns conservatives."

She wrote, "Trump’s roots in the Republican Party are shallow, and his relations with Ryan and McConnell rocky at best. When Trump took office in January, Ryan and McConnell assumed they would dictate the novice president’s agenda. But the debacle of their failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act infuriated Trump, leaving him bereft of any significant legislative achievement nine months into what historically has been a president’s most productive year in office.

"Democrats, while powerless to move legislation on their own, offer an obvious pool for deal-making with their 194 votes in the House and 48 in the Senate."

Indeed President Trump agreed to sign a DACA bill into law. He gave them six months. He knew these fools could not get it done. Six months passed by. 12 months. Now 15 months.

Once again, the world did not end. Sorry.

So this week, President Trump realized the Republican Party won't fund the wall, which gave him a choice between shutting down the government over the holidays or regrouping. He looked up the Sun Tzu playbook, and punted.

Sefton wrote, "The GOP-controlled Senate has passed the stop-gap funding measure that includes absolutely nothing in Border Wall funding and the House is expected to follow suit, thus completing the kabukkake government shutdown theatre that we have seen over and over and over again since the Obama Reign of Error. Besides that, yesterday saw the passage of the FIRST STEP criminal justice reform bill which some see at best as purely a sop to racial politics and at worst releasing criminals and drug dealers out onto the streets. Along with that, the administration has announced we are bugging out of Syria which I am of two minds on. Without any real endgame or mission what the hell are we doing there, but then again to leave is to effectively cede control of a strategic area to Russia and more dangerously Iran. Argue amongst yourselves on that one, but I'm getting into the weeds here.

"This latest continuing resolution does one thing: continues the disaster of borrowing and spending money we do not have on things that do little more than line the pockets of elected and unelected tyrants and fuel the dissolution of America as founded. It is the manifestation of something you identified and railed against at the very beginning - the Washington DC swamp. And the fact that it does not and will not include the measly $5 billion for a Border Wall which was the centerpiece of your campaign and more crucially the rock upon which the only thing you have going for you - your base - rests, is of course a slap in the face to you but a boot in the groin to the millions of us who stood and still stand by you. And the piece de "resistance" (how's that for an ironic turn of phrase) is learning that the State Department, without any need of consent or approval of anyone, is going to send a $10 billion dollar payoff to Central America and Mexico to allegedly help improve conditions so people won't want to migrate."

Well, writing that is the way to get a lot of things off your chest but it is not how you get the Kathryn Steinle Memorial Wall built.

Paul Ryan refused to cut a deal with President Trump because Paul Ryan is a jerk who made House speaker and quit. He wanted to turn the House over to Democrats because he wants what every congressman wants now: a book deal and a cable show. We are governed by wannabe Joe Scarboroughs.

Mitch McConnell was the long snapper on this punt. President Trump will retreat to Mar-a-Lago. His first ex owns 49% of it by the way.

We all freak out from time to time because of our passion for this beautiful country. Let us just appreciate that we have a very sane genius as president. He will figure his way out. He always does.

If that first bankruptcy taught him anything, it was that bankers are paper tigers.

Politicians aren't even that.

By the way, we are past the point where the wall defines our allegiance. Bungling Bob Mueller made it so. If he can bring down the president, none of us are safe.

35 comments:

  1. The recent happenings almost look like "We are gonna build the wall, and Mexico is gonna pay for it" has morphed into "Mexico is gonna build the wall and we are gonna pay for it"
    Either is good.
    Every time President Trump does something that pisses me off, I wait. What usually happens is that he gets what I wanted via a round about route.
    It will be interesting to see what happens when the bumpstock ban reaches the Supreme Court. President Trump may have killed the NFA, or he may have killed the republican party.

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    1. "Every time President Trump does something that pisses me off, I wait. What usually happens is that he gets what I wanted via a round about route."

      Precisely why I tune out all the drama.

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    2. Precisely why I wait to read what Surber has to say about it.

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    3. Surber's article comes close to being Fake News. The President has refused to sign the bill so all else is moot.

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  2. Rush spends too much time rehashing all the MSM negativity. Sometimes I turn off the radio. The other days as I was about to turn it off, Rush responded to a caller who worried that Trump was caving on the wall. Rush calls it pacing: “How many times has Trump said something and made you think he was caving? It’s what he does. It’s how he begins…. He does this to position himself as willing to. He does this to dispatch an olive branch. He does this to avoid appearing unalterably opposed from the outset…. But he has yet to disappoint.”

    I tell people to trust Trump. He knows what he's doing.

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    1. I have had my gut totally filled to the max with the RINO excuse making baloney of Rush Limbaugh. One day a week or so ago, I heard Rush summarily proclaim this bald faced LIE:

      "Trump never caves". I came close to putting my fist through my little AM radio, but cooler heads prevailed and I simply turned this lying spin doctor of establishment GOP deceit OFF.

      Trump has done nothing but CAVE and CUCK for two solid years - primarily on his #1 signature issues, i.e., immigration, the wall funding and construction, repealing Obamacare and deporting every last illegal criminal alien.

      You're wrong, Kitty. Trump does NOT know what he is doing, at least not within the shark infested political sewer waters that he decided to take a swim in.

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    2. Nony 11:38 -- Doom, gloom, naysaying, you sound like a lefty fifth-columnist spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt).
      Sit back, and call your congresscritter.
      You could also write a strong letter to the NYT.

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    3. Bony 11:38, Trump's problem is getting congressional republicans to quit acting like democrats. Spineless democrats.
      The good news is that the 2018 election got rid of a lot of commies like Yoder here in Kansas.

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    4. Lunch time approaching.

      Guts all ah churning.

      Baby needs the binky.

      What to do, oh, what to do????

      Do NOT eat the burrito!!!!

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    5. Trump's emarkable diplomatic coup, just today, persuading Mexico to host the catch and release population pending their hearings, has been lost in all this. A major border security victory, and an art of the deal deal to boot.

      And even since this article was written, he has forced congress to vote on the wall, with the House including the $5 billin, and the senate forced to go on the record on it.

      Progress.

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  3. The wall is the least of my concerns. I trust that it will be built as that was the centerpiece of PDJT’s campain.

    The Murller fiasco and democrat election fraud worry me a whole lot more.

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  4. The Donald turned the unwashed back with razor wire and a deal with Mexico.

    He'll get what he wants because the Lefties can't outthink him.

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    1. The left can't out think a hydra. Anymouse keeps showing us that.

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  5. Picayune point: I get annoyed when commentators claim that the "Republicans control the Senate."
    The Republicans have a de jure majority, but de facto CONTROL is elusive, ... so long as Democrats refuse to support anything that might reflect positively on Trump, and so long as the Repub party has rogues like Flake, et al., who think & vote with the Dems.

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    1. Agreed. There are a few Repubs who are earnestly trying to help President Trump. Other than those few exceptions, we have a uniparty.

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    2. Yup. Sixty-one would be "control." Unless part of those 61 are stealth Dems.

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    3. Dan, if we take away the stealth Dems, we are under twenty.

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  6. Do not compare J.J. Sefton and Rush with Ann Coulter. Ann is only about Ann. Always has been. As far as freaking out, you had a temporary moment of crisis yourself a day or so ago.

    President Trump is a strong person, but he is still a person. He is surrounded by enemies both on the Democrat side and his own party. He is hounded by rabid out of control partisan prosecutors. He needs some good advice, which in this case is be consistent with what he said during his meeting with Pelosi and Schumer. Perhaps that is his plan all along, but if not some criticism from his base is warranted to buck him up on this.

    As noted above, Rush is right about Trump pacing. He does have a knack for framing an issue by leaving uncertainty and drama. I have faith in his motivation for getting a wall. I also know that Mitch McConnell has worked against him on that from the get.

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  7. It appears there are a number of things bubbling to a boil in the D.C. stewpot. Some of them may generate enough pressure to blow off the lid. At any rate, it looks like the next few weeks should be - interesting. - Elric

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  8. Maybe if the lid blows off it will spray the stench of corruption into the Atlantic. At least a large of GOPe reps have been removed by their own actions. I prefer winners to losers, that's why I tend to back Trump.

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    1. That depends on the prevailing winds. It could spray the stench back into flyover country. - Elric

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  9. Eh. JJ is pretty even-keeled. He's not wrong about the wall. There are some pretty steamed, shaky people shouting at clouds about it.

    I'm willing to trust Trump, personally. He's got a good track record so far.

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  10. Gauging the feelings of pro-Trump posters on good blogspots like this one, about Herr Mueller and his gang of misfits, if he brings down the President it will not end well for Herr Mueller.

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    1. Why did I support trump,mmmm, oh I know, the bump stock ban, I remember all those signs at the rallies"please ban our bump stocks!"and what ever happened to the concealed carry reciprocity biil, gone with the wind, and where is the NRA? AWOL, I mean why join the moms against guns when you have the NRA. Thank God, heard Wayne" the 10 million dollar man Lapierre",won't starve to death

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    2. Say: ford, ford.

      Now say it again.

      Now say it again.

      Now say it one more time.


      Can ya feel it?

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  11. Comments are all over the map, but I love the one about 'sharks'. The President has had years of experience with real sharks in his business dealings, and now is dealing with spoiled brats who have made a career out of political shenanigans and cultivating cronies. They have convinced themselves that he is an idiot, and he has encouraged the whole world to underestimate him. His 'friends' make the same mistake. All I can say is, when he appears to be losing big-time or doing something unbelievably stupid-watch out! Sun Tzu!

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  12. Trump can take his mike drop ...

    House passed bill with wall funding.

    Now it's the Senate's turn.

    The US Constitution left each house in Congress to figure out their own rules.

    As we know, Democrats can suspend them at will.

    Does McConnell care enough to do what it takes on this? Me thinks he will very soon.

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  13. I thought all spending bills had to originate in the House, not the Senate. The Senate passed the "continuing resolution" before the House. Wouldn't this make it illegal?

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    1. I did not reaize that. Apparently it was by voice vote.

      Betcha he is going to take it back.

      And, yeah, all spending must originate in the House.

      Double idiocy.

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  14. I made the comment earlier that the next few weeks should be interesting, but Hellzapoppin' tonight! - Elric

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  15. My bet is he gets the wall. Most people want it. I think most people would rather have a wall and a shut down government than a running government with no wall.

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  16. Hopefully we get the wall. More importantly its time for Trump to ramp up Federal oversight of immigration and audit the welfare rolls. There is no way California, with 10% of the US population has 38% of the country's welfare recipients. Then there are the employers of illegals. Start throttling them like Mueller throttles Trump. Two can play this game. Time to swing a big bat.

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  17. $5 Billion will not build the wall. Coulter was right. He either doesn't want to build a wall or has no idea how to get it done.

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