Once again, Republicans are proving themselves sooooo richly deserving of the appellation: The Stupid Party. All Democrats have to do is scream Republicans are trying to do something horrible to children, and compare them to Hitler, and Republicans retire to their fainting couches and wilt like pansies under a blowtorch.
The latest faux outrage actually began about a week ago with a tweeted photo of “undocumented immigrant” children being horribly abused “in cages” after being “ripped from the arms” of their parents–who maybe were their parents, or maybe weren’t–by the evil, Nazi Trump administration. It was quickly discovered that photo was from 2014, when the evil, uncompassionate Hitler putting children in cages was Barack Obama–oooops!–and so were all other available photos in support of the narrative. So it was back to the social justice drawing board, and various Democrat members of Congress showed up at facilities housing kids, demanding to be let in to record children crying–Dems scare me too–and to take photographs of the kiddies “in cages,” actually, behind various barriers to keep them from running away, as “undocumented immigrants” tend to do.
It’s all a variation of the “Trump/Hitler is destroying the Constitution by actually following the Constitution and by enforcing the law!” narrative.
As Mr. Trump left a 06-19-18 meeting with Republicans where the immigration issue was discussed, he was harassed by protestors–in the halls of Congress. How is that possible? The protestors were Members of Congress and congressional aids, as The Washington Examiner reports:
An unidentified woman was caught on tape yelling an obscenity at President Trump as he arrived at the U.S. Capitol for his Tuesday immigration meeting with the House Republican caucus.
As Trump’s team walked toward the office of Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the woman can be heard yelling, ‘Mr. President, fuck you!’ according to a video tweeted by NBC News’ Frank Thorp.
The woman has since been identified as a congressional aide, presumably a Democrat, though her identity remains unknown as this is written. But that wasn’t all. In a separate article, The Washington Examiner reports:
House Democrats and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus heckled President Trump over his administration’s policy of separating children from their families at the border Tuesday as he left a meeting with the House GOP conference.
Members, including Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., and Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif., held signs reading ‘Families Belong Together’ and shouted at Trump and administration officials as they left the Capitol.
‘Quit separating the children!’ Vargas said in the president’s direction. ‘Mr. President, don’t you have kids?! Don’t you have kids, Mr. President?! How would you like it if they took your kids?!’
‘We won’t go away!’ one member shouted repeatedly at Trump.
And on the same day,Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was cruelly harassed as she tried to eat dinner at a Washington DC restaurant, forcing her and her companions to leave. The New York Post reports:
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to leave a trendy Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC, Tuesday night when protesters descended on the eatery shouting ‘Shame!’
Demonstrators occupied DXDC Cocina Mexicana at around 8 p.m. as Nielsen was attempting to have a meal with an unidentified man, according to a video posted on Facebook.
Staff members try to contain the situation as members of the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists flood the restaurant, the video shows.
‘In a Mexican restaurant of all places,’ one protester yells. ‘The fu–ing gall.
If Nielsen declined to eat in a Mexican restaurant, she’d be called a racist. And here’s the top nominee for the Captain Louie Renault Award. One of the Democratic Socialists of America activists that harassed Neilsen is one Allison Hrabar, who works–wait for it–at the Department of Justice! I’m shocked, shocked!
It is, of course, no coincidence Democrats and the Media–one in the same–are whipping up faux outrage about this issue when the news had been covering little but the Inspector General’s report and hearings, all of which have portrayed Hillary Clinton, James Comey, and Democrats in general in a very, very bad light merely by revealing more of the truth than has heretofore been known. Media talking heads have, as usual, made utter fools of themselves, as The Spectator reports:
The Children! The Children! The Children!’ [Are the cameras running?] ‘Oh, oh, oh, The Children!’
Has The Resistance™ now well and truly lost its collective mind? Watch Rachel Maddow weep about the Children! the Babies! then tell me (when you finish giggling) what you think.
Here’s what I think: The Resistance™ believes it has — finally, at last, what took them so long? — hit upon an issue they can exploit to show that President Trump really is literally Hitler. That’s why they are airing round-the-clock coverage of The Children! The Babies!, why a Congressional intern (now a former Congressional intern, I hope) screamed “f***- you!” at President Trump when he visited the Capitol yesterday, why hecklers drove out Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen from a restaurant (deliciously, a Mexican restaurant, the irony, the irony) yesterday.
How bad is Trump, how Hitlerian? Read on:
Granted, Donald Trump must be a heartless bastard. After all, he did say ‘We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border doesn’t mean your child gets to stay.’ Oh, wait, sorry, that was actually Hillary Clinton in 2014, not Donald Trump.
But how about those HORRIFYING HEARTRENDING photos of children in CAGES, photos like these. Reminds you of Nazi Germany doesn’t it? (Not really, but still.) Wait, wait, wrong photos. Those photos are from 2014, too. Who was President then? Oh, right. Barack Obama.
Didn’t he have a far more humane, open-minded, open-borderish immigration policy? Did he? Did he? Not really. Here he is explaining why “undocumented” [that’s Dem-speak for “illegal”] workers will be deported because they “broke our immigration laws.”
But Bill Clinton. Surely, he had a more humane immigration policy? Here he is explaining that illegal aliens are breaking the law, putting unacceptable strain on US resources, taking jobs from US citizens, and how his administration will get tough and deport the miscreants.
Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein (take the link and see this one), and more prominent Democrats are all caught on video talking tough on immigration, and Bill Clinton and Obama did everything that has progressives calling Trump worse than Hitler today. But what’s really going on? Let’s take a moment to review:
When unaccompanied children illegally cross the border, they’re taken into custody, and the government must care for them, obviously until the legal process takes its course. When families illegally cross the border, adults are arrested, but it’s illegal to put children in jail, so the children are indeed separated from their parents and held until their parents are either allowed to remain in the US or deported. In either case, the families are reunited.
But that’s outrageous! Americans don’t tear children from the arms of their loving parents! Just listen to this recording of crying children! We separate families, every day. When adults are arrested for any crime, if accompanied by children, the police either release those children to relatives, or they call social services. They’re responsible for taking care of them. In any case, we don’t put children in jail with their parents. It’s illegal. Strange how Democrats have never complained about this during the Clinton or Obama years, or when children are taken from their parents in towns and cities around the country, but of course, most of those aren’t illegal immigrants. There’s little political posturing or vote-getting to be done there.
What’s happening now is the Media needed some trumped up issue to put the IG expose on the back burner, and the Democrats are desperately searching for some issue to use against Republicans in the upcoming congressional elections. From now until then, any immigrant child anywhere looking slightly sad or crying is going to have a TV camera shoved in their face for later use in Democrat campaign commercials.
Mr. Trump is merely enforcing the law. Democrats want open borders, but can’t openly admit they want open borders, so they deny they want open borders, but “we can’t separate kids from their parents; it’s not who we are!” So Mr. Trump has basically said:“Congress makes laws; I enforce them. Do your damned jobs and change the law if you don’t like it.” Actually, Senator Chuck Schumer slipped and admitted Democrats don’t want a legislative solution. But Mr. Trump, unfortunately, engaged in Obamite, pen and phony behavior, as Fox News reports:
President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to allow children to stay with parents caught crossing the border illegally — moving to stop the family separations that have triggered a national outcry and political crisis for Republicans.
The measure would allow children to stay in detention with parents for an extended period of time. This comes as congressional Republicans scramble to draft legislation to address the same issue, but face challenges mustering the votes.
In signing the measure, Trump said he wants to keep families together while also enforcing border security. He vowed his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for illegal immigration would continue.
Trump, previewing the measure earlier in the day during a meeting with lawmakers, said the move would ‘be matched by legislation.’ He also said he’s canceling the upcoming congressional picnic, adding: ‘It didn’t feel exactly right to me.
How odd. Why would Mr. Trump not feel good about hanging around with congressional Democrats and their lackeys? It’s puzzling.
The executive order he signed directed the Attorney General to ask the California Federal Judge that issued a ruling that illegal alien minors can only be kept for 20 days or less, to change that ruling to allow longer detentions so kids can stay with their parents. One might think all is well, right gentle readers? Not so fast.
The ACLU is threatening an immediate lawsuit because no child should ever be put in jail! Democrats are raising the same stink, which would seem to make no sense. They didn’t want kids separated from their parents, and President Trump is doing his best to fix that. John Belushi said it best: but nooooooooooooooo!
Democrats want open borders, no arrests, no deportations, anyone that wants can waltz across the border to become eternal Democrat voters. All they need to do is haul some children along as a legal shield, and if they sell them into prostitution or impress them in criminal gangs, as is often done, that’s a price Democrats are willing to pay. They’re using children as pawns in a cynical ploy to smear Republicans, and particularly Mr. Trump.
Congress is considering several immigration bills in the next few days, but it’s highly unlikely–as usual–they’ll pass anything. Apart from the usual dangers of refusing to enforce the law and of leaving our southern border open, the social cost of Democrats abandoning even the pretense of comity is incalculable. When congressional aids scream “fuck you” to the President, and congressmen and women crudely harass the President–in the halls of Congress–they are crossing dangerous lines. Those lines crossed, those barriers of common decency and civilized discourse breached, what’s next? Throwing rotten fruit and eggs? Fist fights on the House and Senate floors? Assassination attempts?
Solutions are simple: Congress must not pass laws it does not want enforced. No one can blame the president for enforcing the law, even though Democrats are used to seeing the law as infinitely flexible in the pursuit of their policies. And most of all, if immigrants don’t want to be separated from their children, don’t break the law. Come to America legally. The American public is still very much on the side of President Trump on this issue, if only Republicans don’t lose what little nerve they possess and act like a majority party for a change.
Actually, the easiest solution is to immediately deport illegals, and their children. That way, they wouldn’t be separated. Somehow, though, I don’t think Democrats would go along with that. But maybe it would help if Democrats and media talking heads would volunteer to house these kids? Isn’t that who we are?
Is Mr. Trump, as usual, two steps ahead of Democrats, or did he make a real mistake and listen to congressional Republicans? We’ll know soon.
UPDATE, 06-21-18 1100 CST: It now seems the woman that screamed an obscenity at President Trump in the halls of Congress was not a congressional aide, but an intern, as Fox News reports:
The jeer caught the attention of the U.S. Capitol Police and Secret Service. A call went out on police radios to look for the intern. Officials had a physical description of the intern, but no name.
Capitol security authorities and the Secret Service have grown more anxious lately when it comes to protecting the president at the Capitol. The concern intensified last October after a member of the public finagled his way into a giant press scrum outside the Senate chamber, jeered at the president and hurled Russian flags in his path.
Fox News is told officials would consider the intern a “person of interest” for a couple of reasons. First, they want to see if she’s all right mentally — especially to be working on Capitol Hill with a hard pass which grants access throughout the congressional complex. Second, they need to assess if the intern is really a threat to the president or if her catcall was just political, protected by the First Amendment. If the intern isn’t a threat, authorities would likely leave any disciplinary action up to the office for whom she works.
But there is another issue. The intern is granted a hard pass for the Capitol. It’s not written down anywhere, but some modicum of decorum is expected with that pass.
This is a portion of the point I was making in the original article. Anyone working for the Congress does have an obligation to behave like an adult involved in the legislative process on behalf of the American people. I’m reminded of the Republican Congressman who, during a speech by Barack Obama, yelled: “you lie.” Mr. Obama was indeed lying, but the Republican was, without question, wrong to do that.
In that case, it was up to the people that elected him to decide whether he should be removed from Congress. In this case, we’ll see just how serous Democrats are about their frequent calls for decorum, conversation and dialogue.
This intern has done damage, not only to the public’s opinion of the Congress, but to any hope of cooperation between the parties. I suspect she felt comfortable doing that because she hears that, and worse, from congressional staffers with who she works, but that’s no excuse–simple good manners demand much more–and she should be immediately fired.