GOP Set to Snatch Defeat From Jaws of victory?
Congressional Republicans appear poised to betray conservatives and hand Democrats a spectacular victory over President Trump by funding left-wing priorities such as illegal alien-shielding sanctuary cities in the must-pass omnibus spending bill this week, media reports suggest.
The sanctuary movement gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans by, among other things, stigmatizing immigration enforcement. Some left-wingers call sanctuary jurisdictions “civil liberties safe zones” to blur the distinction between citizens and non-citizens by implying illegal aliens somehow possess a civil right to be present in the U.S. Leftists also like to refer to all migrants, including illegal aliens, simply as “immigrants” in order to further muddy the waters.
Sanctuary cities should be called traitor cities because they are in open rebellion against the United States just as much as the Confederate Army was when it opened fire on Fort Sumter. Their modern-day campaign of massive resistance against federal immigration authorities can only end in civil strife.
I hope it’s not true that the GOP is set to snatch defeat from the Jaws of victory. I hope it hasn’t forgotten Kate Steinle who was murdered by illegal alien Jose Ines Garcia Zarate while she walked with her father and a friend along Pier 14 in the Embarcadero district of San Francisco. Zarate initially claimed that he fired at a sea lion, then that he fired accidentally while picking up the gun which he claimed he had found moments before, wrapped in cloth beneath the bench on which he was sitting. Do people wrap guns in cloth and stash them under benches? Who does that?
A San Francisco jury acquitted Zarate of all murder and manslaughter charges, but convicted him of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Zarate had been deported previously, several times in fact, but kept returning. He’s set to be deported again, if ICE can find him. No doubt, San Francisco will do everything possible to thwart his deportation, unless they find out he might vote Republican. If that case he will be promptly delivered to ICE.
If Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) do in fact shiv the conservative voters who gave them their respective majorities, a booming economy may not save GOP office-holders from the backlash. They may very well be drowned in the much vaunted “blue wave” NeverTrumpers like Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), as well as erstwhile conservative columnists Bill Kristol, Max Boot, and Jennifer Rubin are praying for. Double-crossing conservative voters on immigration, the thinking goes, will make those voters stay home on Election Day this November 6, and hand control over Congress back to the increasingly affective, radical Democrats.
I like the way Matthew Vadum uses of the word “shiv” as a verb above. It’s what criminals in prison do. Nice touch.
We don’t really have a two-party system in America anymore, if we ever did. What we have might be called a 1.5-0.5 party system. We have one party, Democrats, that accuses everyone who disagrees with them of being fascists, all the while they are the ones who act out as fascists every day. We have another party, the GOP establishment, that holds a dim view of the very voters who elect them and seek to sabotage their hopes and dreams on a daily basis. The GOP establishment is essentially an incognito faction of the Democrat party. Finally, we have the other half of the GOP who are philosophical conservatives in line with the overwhelming majority of GOP voters. Even a majority of voters will never have effective representation in their government if the only party they have to vote for is one-half staffed with politicians who consistently join with the Democrats to undermine them.
Third parties have always failed in America. What has never been tried, and perhaps should be, is for that half of the GOP that actually wants to win elections to break off in one fell swoop with non-establishment candidates on the ballot in every congressional district.
The Democrat party was in the doldroms in the 1980s. After the victory of George H.W. Bush in 1988 a group of savvy Democrats led by a little know governor from Arkansas formed a coalition which presented themselves as centrist and moderate. They called themselves the “New Democrats.” It was brilliant. It propelled that obscure Arkansas governor into the White House.
I remember arguing with friends in 1992 that Clinton was in reality a flaming liberal that would wreck America, only to have them respond with, “No, you idiot, he’s a member of the New Democrats!” All my protests that the so-called “New Democrats” were a fraud meant to dupe Reagan Democrats back to the fold were met with derision and scolding comments. The usual answer was, “Oh, come on!” That is, of course, what one says when one has no real answer or argument to make.
Today we need a such a faction of “New Republicans” in the GOP. They can call themselves the “New and Improved GOP.” Marketers everywhere have learned the power of the words “new” and “improved.”