The failure of President Trump’s attempt to coerce the Democratic House of Representatives into funding the border wall was inevitable. The Democrat’s strategy requires open borders. That strategy, about which the Left has been quite open, is to swamp the votes of native-born Americans in a sea of immigrant votes. The Democrats will not support measures that contradict their strategic requirements.
The president’s failure was turned into something of a rout by his attempt to couple the border wall to funding the government. While the president’s base was not directly hurt by the shut-down, many of his supporters identified with the middle-class wage-earners who were not getting paid. When those people began going off the job in order to get part-time work to pay the bills, the consequences, such as disruptions to air travel, forced the president to capitulate. He was defeated, and his threat to shut down the government again in a few weeks would merely bring another defeat.
Here is where a curious characteristic of the Trump Administration again came to the fore. All presidents suffer legislative defeats. Previous president’s have had staffs that helped them minimize their failures by spinning them in creative ways. As an old saying goes, politics is showbiz for ugly people. Just as in Hollywood, the top people in Washington have had dozens of flacks, image-shapers, and spinmeisters who know how to put lipstick on a pig, wrap it in swaddling clothes and present it as Little Orphan Annie.
But President Trump does not. He was left twisting slowly in the wind, by himself, able to call only on his own resources (which fortunately are considerable). The result not only hurt him, it cost him an opportunity to hurt his enemies.
Let us imagine I had received a telegram from the White House, delivered by Western Union messenger riding a bicycle, requesting me to draft some remarks for the president for the occasion. Here’s what I would have him say:
Once again, the Left-wingers who run the Democratic Party have refused to defend America and its citizens from invasion. They demand that we leave our southern border open to anyone who wants to cross. Millions of people have come here illegally across the border and the Democrats want millions more to do so.
The American people need to understand why the Democrats want open borders. It is not because they want to be nice to little children. The Democrats have a strategy for taking and keeping power in this country. That strategy is to flood the country with immigrants whom they will register to vote, whether they are legal or illegal immigrants. They expect those immigrants to vote Democratic so they can swamp the votes of native-born Americans in a sea of immigrant votes. They plan to make every American a stranger in his own country. They want to make foreigners the real rulers through a corrupted ballot box.
I know the Democrats in the House will not vote to fund the border defenses we need. They are not going to vote to undermine their strategy for taking power.
Therefore, I will tomorrow meet with the Chairman and Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I will give them a direct order to secure our southern border. I will leave it up to them how best to do that.
I want to use our military to defend America and its citizens, not fight wars half-way across the world for reasons that are far from clear. To those who may object to using the military, I ask you, what are our armed forces for if not to protect us from invasion? Invasions by whole peoples are what brought down the Roman empire. I will not allow such invasions to destroy us the same way.
I have not declared a national emergency because I do not need to do so and because I think it would set a bad precedent, a precedent other presidents could use in the future to harm this country rather than defend it. As Commander-in-Chief I can give an order to the U.S. military without declaring an emergency, and that is what I will do.
The government shut-down made it clear the Democrats would rather deprive hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans of their paychecks than secure our southern border. Now, we will pay those hard-working people and secure the border.
I call that a win.
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