by Jeffrey A. Randall
Democrat leaders’ outlandishly rude behavior during and after the recently halted government shutdown brought to mind a memorable quote from the classic 1990’s bowling comedy Kingpin:
Roy Munson: “Brother Thomas, you know what it says in the Bible about not forgiving people.”
Thomas: “Why don’t you tell us all what it says Brother Hezakiah.”
Roy Munson: “Well, it’s a… It’s against it.”
You’re forgiven if you chuckled at lovable dunce Roy Munson’s ignorance of scripture (the actual scene clip is here); the over-the-top goofy movie wasn’t intended to directly make fun of religion, though there’s been plenty of that lately from the usual loony leftist sources…and it isn’t funny. The point here is “forgiveness” has been in awful short supply these days, with Democrats and their fans in the establishment media preferring the more recognizable and odious route of out-and-out resistance to President Donald Trump’s sane governing overtures.
Trump’s position on the necessity of a border barrier has been ridiculed and lampooned by many of the same Democrats who were more than happy to be caught on tape over the years extolling the virtues of a border wall and the need to quell the flow of illegal immigrants. They probably did so to please their union constituents at the time who didn’t welcome competition for jobs from cheap labor migrants who didn’t give a hoot about labor organization.
Now Democrats figure illegal immigrants vastly outnumber union members, so it’s a numbers game. Throw the local under the bus? No problem!
Needless to say Democrats’ tunes have changed now, due largely to the presence of Trump and their need to oppose everything the outsider president stands for and proposes.
Is resistance really enough to fulfill middle-of-the-road voters? Republican John Feehery wrote at The Hill, “The new Democratic majority might think that they have a mandate to govern because they won so big in November. But it is awfully easy to over-read the message sent by the voters.
“That is especially true in this last election. Unlike in 1994, 2006 or 2010, Democrats didn’t have any unifying campaign theme. They got their majority because Donald Trump was in the White House and the Democrats were pretty motivated to put a check on the president. But a check is one thing. Refusing to negotiate is something else entirely.
“The Democrats have three weeks to prove they are capable of both serving as a check on the president’s excesses and working to deliver for the American people. Resistance for resistance’s sake is not a governing strategy.”
No, it is not. The Democrat base might’ve risen up to choose Democrats last November, and they subsequently carried a good number of wishy-washy swing districts, but people aren’t stupid — they’ll no doubt recognize Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader creepy “Chucky” Schumer and their merry band of socialist pols don’t offer much of anything beyond mere opposition to Trump and the border barrier.
Just like Roy Munson (in the above Kingpin quote) couldn’t produce anything resembling a correct answer on the biblical concept of forgiveness, Democrats are in the dark when it gets down to saying how they’ll produce the border security they so passionately claim to favor. Now that feckless Republican congressional leaders all-but handed Democrats the House majority, the newly empowered are expected to make good on at least some of the things they based their campaigns on. So far, Democrats have been in charge in the lower chamber for almost a month and all they’ve emitted is hot air, snide remarks and “he lost” rhetoric about the president.
In his piece, Feehery points to a recent poll showing how Nancy Pelosi is now the most unpopular politician in America with a positive/negative rating of 28/47/-19. Trump isn’t exactly wonderfully liked by Americans but at least his favorability ratings are consistently in the forties — and they’ve recovered a bit since last Friday when Trump ended the shutdown of his own volition.
A smart gambler would speculate Democrats won’t budge on the border wall funding in the next couple weeks (deadline is February 15), so it’s almost a forgone conclusion that their party’s main argument for being will continue to be “We’re against Trump and that’s enough! Take it or leave it!” No one forces Democrats to produce anything specific to counter Trump’s pleas on the barrier, so naturally they defer to their standard “electronic surveillance, more personnel and it’s immoral” arguments.
Democrats are as transparent as the barrier they’re proposing to “build.” Sooner or later people will notice, and when they do it ain’t gonna be pretty. The 2020 election is still far away but unless Democrats come up with something to sell to voters many of those persuadable people (Newt Gingrich puts the figure at 15 percent) will turn back to the guy who actually keeps his promises, even if they don’t like him personally.
Trump’s got a solid shot at reelection but it’s beginning to look like Republicans can reclaim the House too as long as the party’s congressional leaders stand for something. Mitch McConnell’s fortunate for the judicial confirmations issue, one area where he’s shown gumption to fight. Can the Kevin McCarthy-led House minority justify asking people to vote GOP?
Time will tell. Democrats may help make their case by going off on wacko tangents of their own. Nicholas Ballasy reported at PJ Media, “Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, said she ‘probably’ would support the effort to study reparations for descendants of slaves.
“Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) sponsored H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, following Rep. John Conyers’ (D-Mich.) resignation from Congress in 2017.
“The bill seeks to ‘address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.’”
That’s not all. As chair of the Financial Services committee Waters intends to investigate Trump-man Mick Mulvaney’s work as head of the “Pocahontas” Warren-inspired Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (a mislabeled sham if there ever was one), create a new “diversity and inclusion” Financial Services subcommittee (to investigate and foster more minority and women hiring in the industry) and last but not least, to push a $13.27 billion bill to address homelessness.
You heard it right — Democrats think $5.7 billion for a border barrier is “immoral” and “too expensive” but they’re happy to pay “reparations” to people who were never actually wronged by slavery, fix hiring practices in the finance industry to achieve a faux social justice result and then shower federal money on locales that’ve completely mismanaged the homeless conundrum (like poop infested San Francisco and Waters’ own Los Angeles).
This is the stuff of crackpot dreams, but then again, they’re Democrats. When the party took over the House majority, we figured all of this would predictably ensue. Just wait until Lebron James and Oprah receive their first “reparations” checks from the U.S. Treasury. It’ll soar like a lead balloon to American voters.
But none of Waters’ pipedreams will ever become law. She and her radical colleagues are just wasting time… and Democrats would rather #resist anyway.
Democrats’ lack of “forgiveness” or understanding for average Americans will certainly sound their death knell at the ballot box — and that’s especially true where the border barrier is concerned. You know how Americans feel about Democrats not achieving anything? Yeah… they’re against it.
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Jeffrey A. Randall is a contributor to ConservativeHQ.
Photo “Maxine Waters” by Maxine Waters.
Photo “Sheila Jackson” by Sheila Jackson Lee.