By Guest Columnist – Michael Ceremello – January 28, 2019 –
So the longest government shutdown is now temporarily over. I must live under a rock because I noticed nothing different.
Some have said this just proves that government is too big and wasteful. I will admit I didn’t take a flight during this time, not that I believe the TSA does anything worthwhile with their politically correct non-profiling of those who belong to the offending perversion which is jihadist Islam.
Others say “Boo Hoo … Eight hundred thousand people were under financial hardship”. Shuffling paper and creating road blocks for productive people who actually provide useful products is hardly high on my list of honor.
The President again took heat from both sides and the complicit media. The big question put forth after Trump reopened the government was “Who Won?” Now you didn’t really expect to get an honest answer from either side with a stake in this dog and pony show? Let me see if I can sort this out for you.
You had Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer celebrating like they had won a substantive victory. Nancy said she wouldn’t appropriate a single dollar for a wall. Both she and Schumer had voted to build a wall in 2006 with some of it already constructed. Guess she forgot that part. So it really isn’t a wall she opposes as much as the guy who wants to finish it to protect our citizens.
Pelosi also said she didn’t want Trump to give the State of the Union speech until the government was reopened. Now that it is, she still doesn’t want it to happen on Tuesday. Evidently Nancy is confused as to who is president and what office she holds in her semi-lucid moments.
Do you remember when Reagan gave amnesty to two million illegal aliens with the Democrats saying they would secure the border under that condition? For those of you who didn’t know or have forgotten, lying and being in the Democrat party seem to go hand in hand. Now Nancy is caught in yet another lie.
Let’s admit that Nancy and Chuck did not alter their position and they forced the President to back down, even if only temporarily. This is a modest victory if only for the next three weeks. Gloating may become choking before this is over.
Speaking of liars, Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader of the House, couldn’t seem to recall that this shutdown was Trump’s and that Trump was more than willing to call it that. I will give him kudos in not backing down while on Meet the Press but really dude, get a clue.
Ann Coulter was attributed with calling Trump “a wimp” and Laura Ingraham also expressed her disapppointment. Coulter can hardly be taken seriously since she felt Mitt Romney was a solid Republican presidential candidate. Ann probably thinks Gavin Newsom falls into the same category based on looks instead of substance.
Of course the media loved all of this because they could add to the spin and make this all about Trump losing. The addition of Roger Stone’s indictment was just the cherry on top of the sundae. We should probably look at that briefly to see if finally a scintilla of evidence has been found validating the Mueller Russian collusion investigation.
Once again, Mueller has chosen to indict someone for lying to Congress but only those on the right side of the aisle. However this is a far cry from proving election rigging collusion. The whole predicate of this situation has been laughable and ludicrous from its inception as the American public wasn’t swayed to Trump by any Russian propaganda and the Russians did not physically change any votes.
Julian Assange of Wikileaks stated on Sean Hannity’s show that the Russians did not give him emails from the DNC. So accusing Stone of asking Assange if there was going to be more leaks detrimental to Hillary has nothing to do with Russia. As dirty as politics is, I have a hard time believing anyone can be naive enough to think that political opponents never sling personal mud.
The final piece of this puzzle is the Donald himself. He has stated he doesn’t see himself as having capitulated. Trump didn’t win as he didn’t get the $5.7 or $7.1 billion for his border wall from Congress. Trump didn’t lose as the fight isn’t over and a three week deadline has been established. Trump did however expose his hole card.
Trump again handed more rope to Nancy and Chuck. They now have three weeks to come up with an agreement to close our southern border. They won’t do it and it will become even more obvious to those who can still think that border security for them starts at Cape Horn.
When they don’t give Trump the money, Trump will close the government again. He has already found $10 billion which he can redirect using the National Emergency Act of 1976. The Ninth Circuit will add to their legacy of lunacy by finding the Act which others have used as not valid for Trump. Trump should keep the 25% shutdown going until he has the funding either through the Act or by congressional action but I wouldn’t be egotistical enough to think I can surmise his strategies before hand.
All of this is very entertaining but not what kept me up at night. My worry, and I have relatively few, is that the progressive communist Left which seems to have taken over my parent’s Democrat party will continue on their destructive path to the ruin of our Nation.
The hate underlying the topics I have just discussed is poisonous. I have likened their increased taxation to theft which it truly is. There is no free education or free Medicare for all. Theft under the imposition of jail time is hardly charitable, fair, or right. It is tyranny.
Now we have the spawn of Bernie Sanders along with Pocahontas Warren both promoting marginal tax rates of 70% or higher just to fund their view of what is “fair” or “moral”. Others are now pointing out what I have observed and reported for years, that these supposed leaders will feather their nests while the rest of us plebeians have to settle for less because, after all, we aren’t the beautiful people.
We see what has happened to Venezuela thanks to Hugo Chavez and his version of Marxist central government rule. Excuse me but how many of us attempt to migrate to Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, mainland China, or other People’s Utopian Republics? If Bernie Sanders thinks Russia is a great place to get married, why does he stay in America attempting to bring the US standard of living down to communist levels?
The more I thought about this subject, the more I have to wonder why these countries haven’t improved their quality of life. Why hasn’t any socialist or communist country surpassed America in industry or economically? Education seems to be about the only area the US has failed and that would be for two reasons: 1) the communist infection of our teacher ranks with the goal of dumbing down students, 2) so the US can’t compete.
There use to be a phrase in the 1940’s that however General Motors goes, so goes the economy of America. I believe however Donald Trump’s presidency goes, so goes the fate of America. This Nation is sick and those in charge are proving to not only be the swamp, but the inmates running the asylum. The rest of us our pawns here only to be milked or stolen from to suit their purposes.
My parents survived the Great Depression which was caused by the Federal Reserve and those in government who just like today believed they are so much smarter than the rest of us. The Depression is what the progressives think is utopia because we can each share each other’s equality of misery.
No one has won or lost … yet. If Trump loses, we all lose and America will continue down its path to extinction.
As usual, only those in power will live as we all desire to live. The rest of us get table scraps …