By Jon Dougherty, editor-in-chief
As news broke late Wednesday that POTUS Donald Trump acquiesced to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s demand that he hold off giving the annual State of the Union Address until the current partial government shutdown is over, you could almost hear the collective groan from the president’s massive grassroots base.
The president made his decision after the California Democrat announced in a letter to the White House that she won’t allow a resolution ‘authorizing’ the president to come to the House chamber to deliver the SOTU.
“I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened,” she wrote yesterday.
In seeking to assauge conservatives’ angst over this petty insult, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) went on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program Wednesday evening to whine.
“I truly believe history will mark this as a low point for the Speaker of the House, for that office, to disinvite this president. That’s why tomorrow, Sean, I am bringing forth to the floor a privileged resolution disapproving of the actions of this Speaker,” McCarthy said.
Yeah, probably. Depending on who is writing the history. But so what?
“So what speaker Pelosi is doing is almost acting like a dictator,” McCarthy continued. “By bringing a privileged resolution allows a vote on the floor to disapprove of this action. Because I believe, at no other time in America, it is more important now to have the president, the senators, the House members, Republican and Democrats alike, all in one place talking about where America’s at today and where we can go in the future.”
True. We agree. It is important, especially now.
“This is bigger than just our country. The world watches the State of the Union. And you know what’s most concerning to me? Since 1934 there has not been a state of the union past February 2nd. She is putting politics before people and she’s running it almost like a dictatorship,” he added.
Well, yeah, she is, Mr. Minority Leader. What else is new? She is an authoritarian leader of an increasingly authoritarian party whose objective is to regain power any possible way it can — through the normal election process, through election theft, through vote fraud.
Any. Way. Possible. And after what happened to Republicans in McCarthy’s state during the midterms, any member of the GOP who still doesn’t comprehend what the Democratic objective is — obtaining power by any means — is of no use to our party or the cause of preserving our republic as it was founded.
No, that doesn’t mean bringing back slavery. Or rescinding women’s suffrage. Or reversing the civil rights movement. Or reimposing “white rule.” Any liberal who really thinks that is brainwashed.
We’re talking about bringing back constitutional government. We’re talking about reinvigorating our governing institutions. We’re talking about bringing sanity back to the Judiciary. We’re talking about preserving American traditions and culture — like working hard to get ahead; valuing family and life; encouraging and emulating success; supporting capitalism as the most successful economic model ever devised; promiting individual liberty and freedom; getting big, fat, inefficient government out of our lives as much as possible so Democrats can’t use shutdowns as political leverage.
It’s nice that McCarthy went on TV to defend the president and blame Pelosi. But what does has that changed?
Does he think he’s going to shame Pelosi into doing the right thing? How? She is from a tiny district in San Francisco whose far-Left voters will continue electing her to office 10 years after she’s dead. She doesn’t have to compromise or ‘play nice’ so she’s not going to.
The ‘solution,’ then, is to simply never give in to her or her increasingly extreme Democratic colleagues. For goodness sake, during the midterms, Democratic voters elected self-declared socialists who espouse a Marx-like political and social ideology that is 180 degrees the polar opposite of constitutional republicanism.
This is the direction the Democrat Party is trending, by the way.
Why ever give into them? Especially when they are never going to compromise with us?
In POTUS Trump, American conservatives believed they had a fighter who would, politically speaking, give the middle finger to militant Democrats who aren’t interested in “governing” unless they have enough power to impose their agenda on every single American (Obamacare comes to mind).
And for the most part, we do have a fighter president. But we need him to fight even harder, as difficult as it’s been for him.
We are in a battle for the heart and soul of our country. We’re in a war we simply cannot afford to lose, because if we do, America as it was founded and as it has stood for nearly 230 years will vanish. It will descend into some gigantic Venezuelan hell hole, where only the Marxist elite will have a life worth living.
We can’t allow that to happen. And whining about Pelosi on Fox News isn’t going to change a damned thing.
The very least we should expect from conservatives is for them to put on their big boy and big girl pants, stand shoulder to shoulder with the president, and tell Democrats that no matter what happens, conservatives are not simply going to go away, vanish quietly into the night, and subject ourselves to lives of Left-wing oppression — and we’re already close to that.
The president should inform Pelosi that she can continue to play the role of House Nazi for as long as she wants, but that he will continue to govern as the Constitution allows that that for certain, he will give a SOFU address at a time and place of his choosing, and soon.
We need to hear from you, Mr. President. After another cave-in to another Democrat whose objective is not compromise but complete destruction of all political opposition, we need to hear that you’re still leading us.
That’s the message McCarthy should be relaying, not empty criticisms of a crusty, old Speaker who doesn’t give two thoughts about the safety, security, and welfare of any American outside her gated home.
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