With all due respect Mr. President, and I am saying “with all due respect,” it is time to draw a line in the sand and make your stand.
President Trump met Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in the Oval office yesterday, December 11, 2018, to discuss border security, the wall, and continuing to fund the government.
The President allowed the press to attend the beginning of the meeting, and the cameras were on, as The President said, “If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government.”
President Trump repeatedly told Mrs. Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, that what she’s proposing would not pass the Senate.
“If it’s not good [on] border security, I won’t take it,” President Trump quickly replied.
Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer repeatedly urged The President to take the meeting private, (all the more reason not to) but not before he declared he’s “proud to shut down the government for border security” and will “take the mantle.”
Prior to the meeting, and earlier in the morning, President Trump threatened to have the military “build the remaining sections” of the wall if Congress doesn’t deliver the funding.
As President Trump began discussing the details of the negotiations, with Vice President Mike Pence also in attendance, Mrs. Pelosi complained, “I don’t think you should have a debate in front of the press.” And at another point, Mr. Schumer added, “Let’s debate in private.”
I’m sure there was a reason President Trump wanted at least a portion of the discussion out in the open for all to see. I’m guessing The President wanted the two Democrat leaders, and democrats in general, to have to own their positions in a way that could not be confused or re-translated later.
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, they say.
“Elections have consequences, Mr. President,” Schumer interjected, undoubtedly hoping to bolster his position.
“And that’s why the country is doing so well,” The President responded.
Mr. Schumer then challenged President Trump over his boasting that Republicans kept control of the Senate. “When a president brags that he’s won Indiana and North Dakota, he’s in real trouble,” Schumer offered.
Apparently Mr. Schumer has a lack of respect for the states and the people from the states of Indiana and North Dakota, as he seems to denigrate the value of these states.
Congress last week temporarily averted a partial shutdown amid the funeral services for the late President George H.W. Bush, pushing the new deadline to Dec. 21.
President Trump wants $5 billion for the wall project, while Democrats are offering $1.3 billion for border security, which doesn’t include an actual wall.
Mrs. Pelosi said she and many other Democrats consider the wall “immoral, ineffective and expensive.”
Speaking for conservatives, I think we have seen with the recent caravan and those people waiting in Tijuana, Mexico, how effective an actual wall is and how necessary it is given our current immigration laws.
Mr. Schumer said Democrats want to work with President Trump to avert a shutdown, but said, “Money for border security should not include the concrete wall President Trump has envisioned. Instead, the money should be used for fencing and technology that experts say is appropriate.”
Yes, Mr. Schumer, we are all aware that you can always find “experts” to support any position you may take or any belief you may have.
President Trump has said that Congress should provide all the money he wants for the wall and called illegal immigration a “threat to the well-being of every American community.”
Even though the Republicans will pick-up a couple of seats in the Senate next year, they currently have 51 votes. Sixty votes are required in the Senate to overcome a filibuster, thus effectively blocking a proposal.
Let’s remember that during President Trump’s campaign for president, at every jam packed rally, in the dozens of states he visited, he promoted building a wall and the people in attendance chanted, “BUILD THAT WALL! BUILD THAT WALL! BUILD THAT WALL!”
If ever a president had a mandate, based on an election, to do anything, it is President Trump’s mandate to “build the wall.”
“We the People” have waited long enough.
We want our wall!
And yes, Mr. Schumer, elections do have consequences, and don’t you dare try and throw your weak midterms in our faces. Especially you, as your party lost even more seats in the Senate!
You want The President and us to “own” shutting the government down in order to get our wall? Fine! We will proudly own the shutdown, and we don’t care if it’s shut down until the 2020 election!
“We the People” wanted a wall on our southern border and we elected Donald Trump to build that wall.
I would further respectfully suggest that President Trump address the nation, similar to the way President Reagan did on several occasions, bypassing the “biased, liberal, fake news media” “filter,” and make your case for the wall directly to the American people, putting some pressure on their representatives.
“Maybe Poker’s just not your game, Chuckie. I know, let’s have a spelling contest!” – adapted quote from the movie “Tombstone.”
Thanks to Alex Pappas and Chad Pergram of Fox News, and Judson Berger and The Associated Press for contributing to this article.
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