SHUTDOWN: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY GIFT TO 45
Saturday, 20 January:
Today is the one year anniversary of Donald Trump's presidency.
There was NO way the opposition was going to allow this date to go unchallenged; indeed, ruining his soiree' at Mar a Lago tonight was on the docket. This explains the protest on the mall today.
It's a repeat, albeit somewhat pathetic, of last year's 'million nasty woman' march or whatever it was called, where Madonna and Ashley Judd set back women's rights 10 years with their middle aged histrionics posing as protest.
They're milling around the mall trying to erase the visuals of the Pro Life movement yesterday, which was a big affair. What was interesting about that was on FOX it was called a 'pro life' march.
CNN referred to them as 'anti abortion' activists. The difference is subtle but telling.
Many watched Friday night as the government lurched fitfully into a partial shutdown. This was a predictable development. The opposition, now in full desperation mode, wants to use what weapons it has left in it's quiver.
The Russia collusion narrative has turned on them, and the upcoming release of the FISA abuses may prove the final blow to their scheme to remove the president. They lost the 'fitness for office' issue earlier in the week.
There isn't much left.
But they do have the DACA issue. This unconstituional carve out, done by the Previous Occupant with the full knowlege it would eventually be challenged in court, was ended by Trump several months ago with a six month 'sunset clause'.
Congress, who's duty is to write legislation, NOT the president, has done little. Trump was elected to secure the border, first and foremost. Building a wall on the southern border, which contrary to Democrat objections WOULD work, was a big part of it.
They don't want the wall because 1) it works and 2) it's permanent.
Adding border agents and electronic surveillance are fine, but they can be rolled back. This is why the wall is met with such hysteria. So, the scheme -as advanced by Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin, was to give the president a little taste of what he wants in exchange for a full amnesty with a path to citizenship and chain migration fully intact.
They were willing to limit it to immediate family members. Very nice of them.
Oh, and the temporary visa holders here from Haiti and El Salvador were going nowhere. What Trump was offered was a $1.6 billion downpayment on the wall, and promises that the next negotiation would address his other concerns.
It was very easy to pass on. Graham thought he could 'roll' Trump; that his naivete' about DC politics could be exploited. However, John Kelly was there and he was the key interventionist upon reading the offer from the senators.
This is what set up the showdown yesterday. The series of CR's, or 'continuing resolutions' are a sad way to run a government, but when you need 60 votes in the senate to pass any major legislation budgets just don't get passed.
The Previous Occupant did not pass ONE in eight years. His budget proposals were laughable progressive wish lists; hugely expensive and impractical. Trump's was a serious document for a change.
But it met the same fate. It, too went nowhere. Therfore, more CR's were passed. The Democrats pounced. Even though DACA has until March, it needed to be addressed NOW.
The goal? Get Trump to commit political suicide. Get Ann Coulter furious. In turn alienate his base, who shouted 'build the wall' loud and clear. It is something he MUST do. It doesn't have to be 2,000 miles.
About 700 would do. They have the prototypes, and they're pretty damn good. Special Forces members tried to breach them and failed. The best one so far is steel slats you can see through with a concrete top.
But there are others,and they are seriously being considered. The wall will be built.
The progressive left has shut down the country over illegal immigration; something they desperately need to win any future elections. Will it work for them?
The public is sympathetic to DACA recipients, although they are painted in a FAR better light than they are. They are not 'kids'; the average age is about 26. They do not attend college nor serve in the military in any real numbers.
They are people, like anyone else. No one wants to harm them.
But do you reward illegal behavior and punish those waiting in line? It's not only unfair but it will encourage more bad behavior. This all goes back to one thing:
Open Borders. This 800 pound gorilla, in the form of progressive benefactor George Soros, is the backbone of the Democrat party today. They can't have their socialist utopia without flooding the country with illegals who they have EVERY intention of putting on the voter rolls.
They have, just as this is being written, added more demands. They want YOU to pay off their $65 billion in pension fund debt, too. Schumer gave Trump a laundry list yesterday and as broad as it was -and laughed out of the Oval Office immediately- this wasn't on it.
The double down on a losing scenario is curious. It seems almost suicidal.
There is something else up. Perhaps the FISA abuses about to be released are the cause; they want to change the topic on that ASAP. Their media enablers are laughing it off so far.
Whatever. This will come to some sort of a head; best guess is that they want to control the narrative for a few days before they capitulate. A constitutional crisis looms.
Maybe that is the real goal...
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TRUMP VERSUS OPPOSITION: CRUNCH TIME
Thursday, 18 January:
The biggest issue in covering this most amazing of presidencies is just how fast things change.
Just a few short days ago the world was melting down over President Trump referring to spots like Haiti and El Salvador as 'shitholes'; which gave the juveniles at CNN and elsewhere free reign to repeat the term ad nauseum.
The backlash? Trump was correct, yet again. Indelicate and inartful, but correct.
The progressive coalition -all the Dems with the handful of usual suspects from the RINO ranks- thought they had Trump in a corner and could get him to commit political suicide by agreeing to a bill that gave DACA and chain migration a pass for a token payment on the wall.
Add to it making the temporary status on others basically permanent. Lindsey Graham, who is looking more and more like the head troublemaker here, has essentially thrown in with the open borders crowd.
The president's freedom caucus members, including Senator Tom Cotton did an 'intervention' for Trump and helped cause the now infamous 'shithole' incident. But that was then.
Now, it's a looming government shutdown. The math is simple.
The Democrats have decided that 'resist' will be their sole campaign strategy; that and the media ginned up hatred of Trump. They will not assist on any legislation that 1) doesn't advance their agenda and 2) gives the administration a victory.
They are prepared to go medieval. This includes their whole arsenal including lawsuits, dirty rumors and falsehoods, all the way up to violence. They will blow the dust off of 'Black Lives Matter' and 'AntiFa' just in time for the warm weather.
For now they will just refuse to cooperate. They seem to think that just because they control the media they can vote for a government shutdown over protecting illegals while the military on duty suffers.
This is a fool's errand. No matter what the Post or NY Times says, this is a losing proposition. It keeps their excited base together, but it is far smaller than Trump's support. The 'mushy middle' is up for grabs.
However, many of them will see more money in their pockets. This will ameliorate much of the present antipathy towards the irascible 45th president. By unshackling the economy he is allowing growth that SHOULD have happened over the last four years or so to actually happen.
This is the so-called 'Obama economy' that the media is now pushing. His administration choked the growth, and by simply removing onerous regulation the economy is now percolating nicely.
All of the predictions of a 'blue wave' in November are very premature, more of the 'wishful thinking' category than anything else. Trump has, in classic military fashion, seized the high ground.
The various investigations have produced nothing other than possible money laundering by an associate years before the election and a LOT of malfeasance by progressive plants in the various alphabet agencies.
The upcoming release of the Fusion GPS/Simpson testimony will be released. It will not be a happy day for Adam Schiff and the rest of those hoping to stick the slime of Russiagate on Trump rather than on the previous administration where it rightfully belongs.
The shutdown, if it occurs -and that's actually sort of unlikely, maybe a one in five chance- will be no real big deal anyway. The GOP, being in charge of the government, can make things go a little easier and move some money around.
The wheels will still turn.
The circus won't stop, though. The spectacle of the media making utter asses out of themselves during the press conference the other day is a new low. So eager to find something, anything negative on the Commander in Chief they spent almost an hour grilling the doctor who had just examined him.
Not just any doctor. A Navy Admiral, and who had served the last two presidents.
Now, all of a sudden he's a liar, too. CNN quack Sanjay Gupta, who is a neurologist, not a cardiologist, claimed Trump has heart disease. He made an ass out of himself, too. He was proven wrong instantly.
This charade is already biting the opposition on the rear.
When it was followed by Trump's (admittedly) tongue in cheek 'Fake News Awards' the media was in a dead sweat. The Washington Post claimed it a ratings failure before the list was even released.
Failure? The GOP site crashed early in the afternoon; Alex Jones had to help out by posting it on Infowars. It was a lighthearted but truthful list; the media was expecting to get the roast they deserved but instead a mild tease was offered.
Here they are, on the now restored GOP site:
Just about everyone out there could have added to this list. Jeff Flake's absolutely awful speech before an empty senate chamber ('Dicky' Durbin and Amy Klobuchar don't count), done as a preemptive strike, compared Trump with Josef Stalin.
Stalin murdered 30 million of his own people. Trump only kills in the ratings department.
This incredible tin ear exposed the 'cry wolf' crowd at it's most hysterical. And their next trick is to force a shutdown so illegal aliens can be protected. In progressive speech, 'illegal aliens' means 'future Democrat voters'.
They know they cannot win without importing millions of new voters; getting them in and on the public dole. This is 100% of their effort right now.
The rest of the voters? Actual US citizens?
They are already in the pocket, being lied to daily by the media and the Jimmy Kimmels of the world. They feel no real problem in 'keeping them in line'. We shall see about that.
One of CNN's talking heads just completely outed the network. He claimed Kim 'Rocket Man' Jong Un is 'more reasonable' than the duly elected president of the United States.
This is a perfect example of just WHO they are. Whether it be Madeliene Albright, who said 'we can work with these people' when Kim's dad was rolling her and her boss Billy C, or Michael Moore, who also lauded the Stalinist regime, progressives LOVE raw displays of power.
They crave that for themselves. Will of the people be damned.
It's come to this. The 'enemies, both foreign and domestic' that many swore to defend against are here, and now. They intend to 'progress' past the constitution of the United States and install a quasi socialist system.
It's more fascist, really, But they like the word 'socialism' better. This site sees NO difference between the two. Totalitarianism is the root of all evil, always has been.
Those who cherish freedom trust their neighbors, support their local law enforcement, and behave themselves. They also mistrust centralized government.
Just like James Madison, or John Jay, or Samuel Adams.
In sum, things are moving ahead nicely. But trouble awaits, and you -everyone in this audience- needs to be aware, and engaged. This will get worse before it gets better...
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IMMIGRATION AND THE SWAMP
Friday, 12 January:
So, it seems yet another intemperate comment by the president has the world in a tizzy.
The simple fact that it is a obvious truism, and more or less typical Trump is, as usual, secondary. Right now the massive display of self righteous indignation from the opposition and it's media enablers is in full bloom.
By now most have heard the comment.
The president, surrounded by members of both parties, was exposed to the typical behind the scenes dealmaking that congress excels in. Namely 'moving the goalposts'.
After the televised negotiations of earlier this week, the deal on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was more or less set. An agreement on these people, rumored to be 800,000 strong was outlined.
They would be given the ability to stay, and to a possible path to citizenship.
In return, the administration would get enhanced border security. This included an end to chain migration, the so called 'diversity visa lottery' and, of course, funding for the border wall. These steps had been laid out by the administration consistently.
Then the other shoe dropped.
Several members, including Jeff Flake (R, Az) Lindsey Graham (R, SC) and Dick Durbin (D, Il) wanted to add those under the Temporary Protection Act. Earlier this week Trump took some more countries off this list.
First it was the Salvadorans, who have been here on a 'temporary basis' since an earthquake hit 17 years ago. Then he added the Haitians, they, too are here because of seismic activity in their own home country.
To the president it is a simple equation. This program is temporary, these conditions have been alleviated and it's time for them to return home. But in Washington there really is no 'temporary' programs.
Everything gets funded, has a constituency and it's political benefactors. This includes programs such as this. Ever the pragmatist, Trump saw something that was being abused and decided to act.
But the politicians who came to the Oval Office, as usual, wanted more. They wanted to add these people to the DACA deal. Reportedly, Trump exploded.
'Why do we want to keep bringing these people in from third world shitholes?' he said. He supposedly added why not bring in more folk from, say, Norway? It was classic Trump; his desire to make a deal meets the ever mutating congressional proposal.
'What is there about 'temporary' that you people don't get', he also said. He found the truth.
There was never any thought to sending these people back to their homes. Congressional members count them as constituents, and now the argument is that these countries are 'crime ridden' and returning would 'threaten their lives'.
This is when he called their countries 'shitholes'. It is blunt, may be incendiary but it is true.
The media, having an insult issued by the president to pursue, has run with it, and hard. The posturing is stultifying to watch; the hypocrisy on display revolting. Every president has uttered such things, particularly in close settings like this.
His defeated opponent, the 'smartest woman on the world' was infamous for them.
But it's Trump, and he is hated like no one. So, there it is. The demands for an apology are ringing down from everywhere. So far he hasn't.
Nor should he. What he said was the truth, as indelicate as it may be. The not so hidden fact that the progressive left wants to import a whole new bloc of voters to enhance their ability to seize back power is no secret.
Former administration official Jennifer Palmieri admitted it in a party statement. Legalizing these 'Dreamers' is a big part of their effort to gain more voters. The fact that they aren't citizens means nothing to them.
That's just a speed bump. Giving illegals driver's licenses and then allowing 'motor voter' registration will put plenty of them on the voter rolls.
The president has made a 'clarification'. He says he meant the countries are failed; not the people. This is demonstrably true as well. Trump is no racist; he's an achiever and wants to be surrounded by them.
This explains the 'merit based' system of immigration he requests. It only makes sense. But politicians are a slimy lot. They want to retain power at all costs; public welfare be damned. This explains the embracing of those here illegally as opposed to the citizens.
The 'citizens' are already in their pocket. It's the new ones they covet.
The media will continue to whip this issue. But Trump, once again, is right. There isn't one honest voice out there that will dispute that Haiti is not just a shithole, but one of the most vile places on planet Earth.
El Salvador and Nicaragua are awful as well; years of communist insurgencies guaranteed that. And yes, AIDS is still rampant on Haiti and many central Africans still live in 'huts'.
Trump is right about all this as well. Just what IS the responsibility to the US and it's taxpayers? Give them disaster relief or support them and their families in perpetuity?
The progressive movement is funded -and in massive amounts- by billionaire George Soros. He has something called the 'Open Society' movement, which in reality speaks of a United States wthout borders.
Only this country and western Europe. The rest of the world is entitled not only to borders but extreme tyranny, like North Korea. You will rarely hear a bad word from his people about them, or Red China.
They kill border crossers there.
But the US cannot build a wall on it's porous sothern border. It cannot deport criminals who hide in 'sanctuary cities'. It cannot prevent Islamic terror from entering the country by putting terrorist states on a no travel list.
The last administration never left. And unless they are rooted out one by one, they never will...
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DON AND STEVE SAY 'HAPPY NEW YEAR'
Saturday, 6 January: