Why the Government Shutdown's Temporary Resolution May Be a Blessing in Disguise
Unless you’re living under a rock, you already know that after a record long 35 day federal government shutdown, President Trump signed a three week ceasefire that’s set to expire February 15th.
Between now and then, a bipartisan committee of 17 Congressmen and women will convene to try and negotiate an amicable settlement to fund the federal government for the foreseeable future.
Many conservative pundits and media outlets are outraged about Trump’s ‘caving.’
Vehement defenders of the administration (even Ann Coulter!) publicly voiced extreme displeasure in the President’s decision - Particularly when the Democrats wouldn’t even accept major consolations offered up by both the Trump, and by Republican Leadership.
Many members of the Empire State Conservatives community are outraged, as well.
And who can blame them?
The Border Wall was one of, if not THE key promise the president made on the campaign trail.
While Empire State Conservative Network’s co-founder Evan believes that this might have been due to Trump’s initial focus on deregulation and the economy rather than acquiring funds for the Wall, there’s no doubt that the best time to push funding for a Border Wall would have been when Republicans had majorities in both the House and the Senate.
With the Democrats taking back the House during the 2018 Midterms, any legislation even hinting at Border Wall funding isn’t even going to make it to the Senate floor, where Republicans still hold a majority.
This may be a unique take, but I believe that the President’s temporary alleviation to the shutdown can be a stroke of political genius.
He was willing to give amnesty to half of all DACA recipients in exchange for the funding.
The Democrats declined.
He was willing to lower the asking price for said funding.
The Democrats declined.
No matter what was offered during negotiations, the Democrats wouldn’t give an inch.
Sure, they pretended to care about Border Security by saying that they’d give the full $5.7 billion towards ‘technological protections,’ like drones, but they wouldn’t sign a bill that allocated these funds towards a Border Wall.
If you take emotion out of it, and look at the situation rationally, it’s easy to see that the Democrats are doing nothing more than political posturing.
They have no intention of working with President Trump in any capacity between now and the 2020 Presidential Election.
However, we have that February 15th deadline looming!
If in three weeks a deal hasn’t been made, then we’re going to see one of two things:
1) The government is going to shut down again, or (more likely),
2) The President is going to declare a National Emergency, and begin building the Wall himself without Congress’s approval.
If you want to see Trump reelected in 2020, then you have to hope that at the very worst, another shutdown is what’s going to occur.
The President claimed that he wanted to ‘go through the proper channels’ to get his Border Wall funding.
Clearly, that isn’t going to happen…
By declaring a National Emergency, he’s going to overstep his bounds as Commander-in-Chief, and he’s going to make a compromising decision to constitutional conservatives who have supported him to this point.
The Democrats will use this declaration as a semi-legitimate reason to say that what the Mainstream Media is saying about him has been true all along: That he’s a tyrant, and that he has no regard for checks and balances.
This is why a No Deal scenario by February 15th should instead yield another government shutdown.
It’s during this time that Trump should go to the press, and explain his case.
Both he, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Republican leadership should lay out the different consolations they were willing to make to keep the government funded, and the outright rejection time and time again by the Democrats.
They should show how giving half of DACA recipients amnesty is a more accepting and progressive move than one even Barack Obama was willing to do while he was in office.
They should go down to the border, and have real Border Patrol agents plead the case for the importance of more barriers along the Southern border to the American people.
They should then propose that the $5.7 billion (or whatever figure they eventually agree upon) should be given to Border Patrol, and that it should be spent by Border Patrol based on what they feel is best for enforcing our immigration laws, and in keeping our country safe.
This should be a public spectacle.
Regardless of how short or how long a second shutdown would be, this type of full court press will put the nail in the coffin for the Democrats’ arguments against the Wall.
While President Trump and Mitch McConnell have both seen drops in their approval ratings since the government shutdown began, guess who’s been looked down upon even worse by many of these same polls?
Her disapproval rating is has hovered at around 50%, and she seems to be public enemy number one in all of this…
Show the people why the Democrats are being unreasonable in the manner I described above, and they’ll fold like a house of cards.
It’ll make it clear to the public that they don’t actually care about our citizens, about the Constitution (some have blatantly said as much!), or about our sovereignty.
It’ll prove that their number one priority is to defeat President Trump by any means necessary.
It’ll prove that they’re more interested in buying votes from illegals than in making a solid case to their already existing base.
What’ll happen next?
We can’t be sure.
I’m just hoping both the President and the Republicans don’t falter, and that they don’t make a crucial mistake should a resolution not be reached by the deadline.
God Bless You and Your Family,