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Is the Border Wall a "Do or Die" Issue for President Trump?

Robert Dimuro

Posted on January 27, 2019 12:37

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Our southern border is lacking the security it vitally needs, and Trump's effort to secure it rivals that of any his predecessors.

On Friday, President Trump signed a bill to reopen the government, ending the longest government shutdown in US history. Many Republicans interpret this decision as caving in to Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats, making it a political blunder for Trump. In hindsight, it was clear that Trump, having taken ownership for the shutdown, would also have to take ownership of its reopening, as pressure quickly began to mount on the sole leader at the top of our political hierarchy. However, this move is not a blunder - rather, it was actually necessary for Trump’s ongoing fight to secure our southern border.

When Trump was on the campaign trail, it was advantageous for him to act outrageously, monopolizing media attention and rallying his base. As president, it’s better for Trump to show restraint and diplomacy to ensure voters of his stability and reasonableness. It was important for Trump to demonstrate that he can negotiate with Pelosi in a responsible way that doesn’t cause undue hardship to 800,000 federal employees.

As such, the fight for border security is just getting started. Trump, while showing restraint and diplomacy, still has cards to play. As a last resort, Trump can always declare the matter a national emergency, taking power into his own hands to complete and fortify our southern border. However, with the reopening of the government, Trump can sit comfortably and wait for Pelosi to engage with him in good-faith negotiation. Now, if Democrats attempt to ignore the issue and Trump’s request for funding, they can’t use the veneer of a government shutdown as an excuse for doing so.

Moreover, Pelosi, in not setting a time for Trump’s State of the Union address, is the one who appears petty and unwilling to cooperate with Trump. Based on what has already transpired, I believe Trump is winning this fight on the basis that politics is not about touting your accomplishments but rather about successfully directing blame onto your opponents for what doesn’t get accomplished. As such, whether or not the wall actually gets built is less important than the perception that Trump is throwing everything on the line for its construction, despite resistance from Democrats on the basis of petty politics.

Despite the slow progress being made, we know that, eventually, improvements will be made along our southern border. Anything that winds up being completed will benefit Trump, as he has been the most powerful voice in America advocating for border security. In their warped political reasoning, Democrats are counting on the fact that Trump supporters are dumb enough to frown upon anything being done that’s short of a big, shiny wall that spans the length of the southern border and reject Trump if his promise to build such a wall isn’t realized by election day. In reality, Democrats have already lost this battle, as Trump is advocating for the common-sense border security that America desperately needs and that every voter should desperately support.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on January 27, 2019 12:37

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