House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a stern warning to Republicans supporting President Trump’s move to declare a national emergency at the southern border.
Pelosi told reporters that a “Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well” and she added that “the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.”
The House Speaker then pivoted the conversation to gun policy as she declared that the real national emergency in the United States is gun violence. Taking advantage of the one-year anniversary of the Parkland high school shooting, Pelosi added:
“Let’s talk about today: The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” Pelosi said. “That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would. ”
And then she dropped her veiled threat:
“But a Democratic president can do that.”
For a start, the equivalency between border security and gun policy is off base.
Border security is a legitimate function of any sovereign nation, whereas the use of a national emergency to ram gun control through is an egregious violation of constitutional rights like the right to bear arms. The fact that this is being entertained reveals the tyrannical endgame of many on the Left.
Nevertheless, concepts like gun rights remain valid whether they are written in a Constitution or not. Some political constitutions like the Venezuelan one grant the government extraordinary powers over civilian firearms ownership. Just because it is in writing does not make a violation of gun rights legitimate. After all, natural rights exist irrespective of documentation or legal procedures.
The same logic applies to sovereign nations. They have every right to accept or exclude whichever immigrants they see fit.
Yes, the U.S. immigration system needs a total overhaul that attracts immigrants based on merit, not the feel-good whims of multiculturalists. At the same time we must come to grips with harsh realities:
- The crisis at the border with drug and human trafficking is real and is quickly spilling over to the U.S.
- The U.S.’s bloated welfare state has become a magnet for an increasingly unruly class of immigrants that don’t assimilate and end up on public assistance. Countries like Sweden already give us a sneak preview of what the toxic combination of open borders and a welfare state does to a country.
Sadly, the Swamp political class has not gotten the memo.
You see, both parties have had their hands in the open border cookie jar. Republicans included.
We can go back as far as the passage of the 1965 Immigration Act, the genesis of our broken immigration system, to understand this. Contrary to popular belief, a higher percentage of Republicans actually voted for this legislation. Approximately 85% of Republicans voted for this bill.
One needn’t look further at the Reagan amnesty of 1986 to understand how useless Republicans have been on immigration. This move to amnesty nearly 3 million illegal immigrants is what arguably turned California into a leftist ghetto. Republicans nationwide continue to be oblivious to this inconvenient truth.
Fast forward to 2016, when President Trump got elected, and we still see the same weak-kneed behavior. With solid majorities in both the House and Senate, Republicans did absolutely nothing to address immigration over the past two years.
Voters rightfully gave them the cold shoulder during the 2018 midterm elections, when Democrats took the House.
Trump was elected because voters were tired of the do-nothing political class that has ruled over us for the past few decades.
We’ve have now reached the point where President Trump has to declare a national emergency because of this inaction.
And Republicans like Marco Rubio, who complain about the unconstitutionality of Trump’s national emergency actions, have no room to talk.
Now all of the sudden DC politicians are constitutionalists? Let’s be real, Democrats and Republicans alike have not respected the Constitution since the Progressive Era came into effect during the 1910s.
Again, these discussions of Trump’s actions go beyond the Constitution. This goes back to the primordial concept of national sovereignty. No matter how we slice it. The U.S. will become an amorphous globalist cesspool should it maintain the open border/welfare state status quo.
The DC political class has no one to blame but itself during this entire border crisis. President Trump is morally in the right, constitutional objections notwithstanding.
His actions in face of the obstacles he’s confronted should be lauded.
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