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The Government Shutdown Isn't About A Wall

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on January 11, 2019 18:03

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The current government shutdown isn't about construction of a wall along the US-Mexican border; rather it's a symbolic struggle over whether President Donald J. Trump is allowed to remain President. This is a fight President Trump can't afford to lose.

The current government shutdown isn't about the Wall. If it were only that, Congress could have found five billion dollars to get things moving long before the New Year.

Rather, the Wall is a symbol of President Trump's ability to get things done. Building the Wall would signal the defeat of the "Resistance."

There are other boondoggles in the federal budget. Which means that opposition based upon arguments that "walls don't work" -- doesn't work.

Yet, if a wall really didn't work, what difference would it make whether Democrats passed funding or not? Immigration would continue unimpeded. 

But if it did work, any future Democratic President could reopen the gates, doors or whatever might be built, once President Trump is out of office. In fact, Congress could order gates opened as soon as the wall is completed.

Note there already are gates, fences, barbed wire, and walls along much of the US-Mexican border. News footage showed migrant caravans climbing currently standing walls.

Congress passed appropriations for those barriers in both Bush and Obama administrations. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer agreed to funding then, so why not now?

The answer is that this confrontation isn't about construction of a wall; rather it's about whether President Donald J. Trump should be allowed to remain President.

It is about the "Resistance."

Normally, Congress defers to the President on matters of national security, even if there is serious opposition. Congress may rail, but when a President insists, Congress generally agrees to let the American people decide whether they like it at the next Presidential election. It becomes an issue used by both sides to mobilize their voters.

But the "Resistance" is not Washington politics as usual.

The Senate failed to confirm multiple nominees to Cabinet posts. Ambassadors have been waiting for months or years. Lower-level political appointments have likewise been blocked...by Chuck Schumer.

This isn't good government, it's "Resistance."

Presidential Executive Orders have been routinely overturned by lower courts, only to be upheld by the Supreme Court. Normally, Judges don't make illegal rulings they know will be quashed...unless they are part of the "Resistance." Likewise, trillions of dollars in federal spending are almost never held up for a five billion dollar appropriation...unless it's a symbolic battle--which this is.

The wall controversy then, is symbolic of the "Resistance" to President Trump. If he can't build a measly wall, it shows he can't do anything. That is why a government shutdown was President Trump's only remaining response after two years of obstruction and sabotage. It was President Trump's way of saying: "All right, if you're in the 'Resistance,' don't bother coming to work in the morning.'

It forced the opposition to show that they're not opposed to a wall, they "want to impeach the "MF-er," in the words of a freshman Michigan Democrat.

The shutdown forced Congress to abandon their oaths to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" for the "Resistance."

Trump can't afford to lose.

 

 

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on January 11, 2019 18:03

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The legislation temporarily funds the government and avoids a federal shutdown over President Donald Trump's border wall.

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