SHUTDOWN DAY 22: The National Emergency Option Is No Big Deal
President Donald Trump still holds all the cards in his staredown with Washington Democrats, following an epic trip to the southern border to highlight the national emergency that is already upon us.
Whether or not Trump will choose to acknowledge that national emergency is up to him — but his apparent flinch Friday is giving the Democrats some renewed hope. (JUST DO IT: Full List of 31 Active National Emergencies).
“The easy solution is for me to call a national emergency. I could do that very quickly. I have the absolute right to do it. But I’m not going to do it so fast. Because this is something Congress should do,” President Trump said, which makes sense but it also has the whiff of weakness.
Nancy Pelosi already gave Trump a one-word answer when he asked if she would fund his Wall. Her answer was “No.” That meeting adjourned, much like Congress adjourned for the weekend with no Wall-based solutions from their end. So why is the president still waiting for Congress?
Declaring a national emergency is not the work of a “dictator.” In fact, President Trump has already done it thrice, far less than his predecessor Barack Obama, who declared 13 national emergencies, including eleven that are still ongoing. That’s right. America is currently experiencing 31 active national emergencies.
You’d think criminal cartels pushing billions of dollars of heroin into the United States would be enough to warrant #32.
Democrats want the Senate to pass their bills to re-open the federal government without providing Wall funding. The mainstream media will keep agitating for this — as ABC’s Jon Karl did in the White House — and the drumbeat will get louder and louder. President Trump does not really care what the media thinks, but guess who does? Republicans in Congress. Time and again, Republican lawmakers prove that they are the only ones who take media pressure campaigns seriously. If Republicans start breaking ranks, Trump loses leverage. (READ: 12 Republicans Who Voted To End The Shutdown Without A Wall).
The unionists showed up outside the White House chanting “Pay Us Now,” which doesn’t present a very uplifting image of America in the eyes of the world. These people are demanding money from the president even though their very lack of employment, at this current time, proves their “non-essential” nature.
Some government workers have gained newfound dignity in the private sector, taking on Uber driving gigs that teach them how to provide value to other people, which is the fundamental building block of our supply-and-demand economy. The shutdown, then, has given them an education and could help them to unlock the talent and potential that the government system works to suppress.
“Thank you, Mr. President, for believing in me,” is what these furloughed government workers should be saying as they cast off the chains of their meaningless employment. What a gift to escape the coffee-stained paper pushing of federal government work and venture out into a new world unencumbered by the low-hanging ceiling tiles of bureaucracy. Oh, the places they will go!
Some people in the administration think that this debate exists in the 2-D Narrative of mainstream media spin. It doesn’t. The divide on this issue exists between the American people — who have almost no voice anymore except through their president — and the Media, which can’t stop imposing itself on us every waking minute of every day.
The American people want a Wall, and the American people want President Donald Trump and Stephen Miller to make good on their slogan: “Whatever It Takes.”