I stay dialed into much of the left’s writings and musings as part of blogging from a conservative perspective. It is, unfortunately, a necessary evil but, as the old saw goes, someone has to do it. Today was no exception to the stream of liberal babble, to wit:
Michael Moore tweeted Tuesday: “Trump is not president until 12 noon on Jan. 20th. So we’ll continue to fight..hope to find a legal, nonviolent way to stop this madness.”
Paul Krugman, a New York Times columnist similarly tweeted; “We should never accept this as OK. It may be the new normal, but that’s a new normal in which the America we knew and loved is gone.”
Keith Olbermann advises his viewers not to refer to the incoming commander-in-chief as “President Trump”.
The Left has a real problem in trying to understand what happened to their movement. The candidate they presented and the story they told didn’t measure up to the candidate presented and the story told by the Republicans. It is quite simple. I, for one, am happy that the Left so miscalculated the wants of the American voters. It speaks to the lack of understanding of just where people were at this point. Hillary Clinton was not the anointed one they thought she was.
That all having been said, we need to be prepared for pushback in Congress, and the Senate primarily, where arcane rules exist as to what constitutes a majority. Just because there is a majority doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be enough votes to pass various things. We have a U.S. Supreme Court justice to be nominated and approved for the seat. That does not mean a simple majority is sufficient to make that happen. This body has changed its rules over the course of years to fit whatever the party with the most votes AND the willpower to use those votes makes happen.
It seems that Republicans in the Senate have been more easily bamboozled/susceptible to threats by their Democrat associates than is true in the reverse. If that is something you’d like more information about, “Google” it using a search term along the lines of U.S. Senate majorities. Wikipedia has a fairly extensive review of the changes that have occurred over time in that body, and of who had the chutzpah to make things happen for their side.
I am sorry to say that Republicans tended to play too nice thinking, apparently, that they might make the Democrats upset if they stuck to their guns. I certainly hope that Republicans in this Congress make things happen without concern for upsetting Democrats. We should have learned our lesson by this time. Former Senator Harry Reid (D) who has finally gone home to Nevada, was a master at negotiating and then going back on his word when that proved the better approach for his Democrats. Republicans have been too easily fooled; they have been a bit too trusting and were taken advantage of as the result.
These are critical times for our country. The voters have spoken. We conservatives must insist that our majority along with our new President get the work done as quickly as possible and using whatever arcane rules that may exist to our advantage. The opposition has always done that. Will the press have a conniption? Very likely; it is what they do to Republicans knowing they can get away with it and recognizing that we all know where the loyalties of the media, in general, lie.
It is time to use the majority we have been provided by the voters. That is what they wanted. They had choices, albeit maybe not very good choices but that is the other side’s issue, and they chose Donald Trump and the Republican party. This is the time to forget ‘nice’ and to hope the press will treat us fairly. That ain’t ever gonna’ happen. We delude ourselves if we believe it will happen.
The other side sees what we would call Republican nice, as Republican stupid and is ready to pounce on any and every opportunity to take advantage of that. Former Senator Harry Reid (D) was a master of using that to get his way. It is our time and it is our turn.
The future of the United States of America may very well be, and likely is, in the balance. Vladimir Putin will certainly be staying dialed in to see what we do, as will ISIS and China. Secure borders are critical to our future, although that is not to say that we shouldn’t continue to be a ‘melting pot’. But we need to approach the melting pot need with wisdom and tough standards. Germany is a perfect example of what happens if a country relaxes too much.
Whether the “wall” is real or simply figurative, border security is a big part of what resulted in a President-Elect Donald Trump. We want to be welcoming, but we want to welcome with wisdom to be as certain as we can be that we are welcoming good people and not anarchists. Our country was meant to be shared with others who hold beliefs similar to ours.
Let’s get on with the job Republicans! And don’t worry about fallout; that will come no matter what you do.