Thursday, President Donald J. Trump secured a verbal agreement from Congress on a “prison reform” bill, which is expected to pass and be signed into law during the lame-duck session.
“If it is passed, thousands of federal prisoners would have access to more help preparing for life after the end of their sentences,” according to an NBC report. “Thousands of well-behaved prisoners would win freedom earlier. And thousands of people who are arrested for drug crimes in the future would become eligible for exemptions from harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws.”
This is a win for the Trump administration, no doubt. Former President Barack H. Obama droned on about such reforms while campaigning, but never accomplished them in his typical do-nothing fashion. Inasmuch as bipartisan legislation and besting Obama is a good optic for middle-of-the-road voters who might be skeptical of Trump, the bill is a positive.
But what about Trump’s base? What about those of us who have been there from the beginning? The slogan during the campaign was “Build the Wall,” not “Shorten Sentences for Convicted Felons.”
Trump has not lived up to his end of the bargain on building a wall along the Southern Border, and some of his base is getting restless. He is currently posturing again, threatening to shut the government down unless he get funding for the big beautiful beast we were promised. But we’ve been down that path before, and it did not end in the passage of any meaningful legislation.
A Sept. 11 Tweet from Ann Coulter sums up uneasiness felt by many who have been backing Trump from the start.
“I voted for a Muslim ban and a wall and all I got was this lousy tax cut,” she said.
I voted for a Muslim ban and a wall and all I got was this lousy tax cut.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) September 11, 2018
And she’s right. George Bush cut taxes. John McCain likely would have, had he been elected. The same goes for Mitt Romney. The GOP establishment shirked its responsibility on closing the border for years by bribing Republican voters with modest tax cuts, all the while giving them lip service about border security.
Fair-minded Trump supporters must acknowledge the similarities between Trump’s record, and those of the establishment GOP whom Republican voters roundly rejected in 2016.
It is long-past time to begin border wall construction, or Trump risks being put in the same category as all of those Republicans who let us down before. We voted for a wall. We voted for real border security. Let’s have it.
YUGE: DHS Creating Statue Defense Task Force to Defend National Heritage Against Leftist Thuggery
Finally getting serious?
The Department of Homeland Security has created a law enforcement task force to prevent the destruction and vandalism of statues and monuments commemorating the heritage and history of the United States. The task force was announced in a statement from Acting Secretary Chad Wolf on Wednesday.
“DHS is answering the President’s call to use our law enforcement personnel across the country to protect our historic landmarks,” said Wolf. “We won’t stand idly by while violent anarchists and rioters seek not only to vandalize and destroy the symbols of our nation, but to disrupt law and order and sow chaos in our communities.”
A lackadaisical federal response to the rounds of statue destruction and cultural vandalism has enabled left-wing rioters to destroy statues with impunity. Only recently did federal authorities begin to signal that they intent to start seriously punishing criminal suspects who destroy images of Presidents and great American men.
The Department of Justice announced late last week that four men suspected in a failed vandalism attempt targeting the statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Washington DC’s Lafayette Square have been indicted on federal charges of destruction of federal property.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order late last month mandating that federal prosecutors assign stricter penalties to left-wing cultural criminals seeking to destroy statues and images commemorating the national heritage of the United States.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 27, 2020
It’s likely that when the punks of ANTIFA realize that they’ll stand to spend years in federal prison for criminal acts of vandalism targeting American heritage, they’ll back down into the cracks of society from whence they came.
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