And I hope it gets played up.
For years the right, and not just the far right, have derided big government. You dont just hear it on hate radio and Fox but commentators on mainstream news.
So we shut down only 1/3 of the government and in 3 weeks all hell starts breaking out. No flights, food inspection, coast guard, farm payments, new wine and beer releases. You get the idea.
I hope we hear some of our representatives pushing this narrative. For almost 40 years, since Reagan, this has been the prevailing narrative. Now we have concrete examples of why that narrative is bullshit.
He got trump to claim full credit for the shut down on TV while Republicans still were in control.
That set a narrative trump could never shake. And will last thru the rest of his term.
Of course I doubt he could have goaded trump into it were Future Speaker Pelosi not sitting there scaring the shit of trump.
It was the greatest political one upsmanship I have ever seen. And showed trump for the idiot he is.
Because he has no other way out.
The vote in the Senate today with the Democratic proposal getting more votes than his plan was the final straw. A majority in both houses support his opponents plan.
The business lobby must be deluging republican Senators with complaints and he governs by polls as much as hate. And his are tanking.
Of course he know it will be tied up in court till a Democratic President rescinds it. But he hopes it will mollify his base.
His fing Wall was never going to get built. But the rubes believe it.
Often times society and history is changed by the most unlikely, random actions. Kind of like the "Sir, Have you no shame" comment during the Red Scare period when McCarthy was finally called to task.
This whole episode of the hateful kids seems to be catching fire. I say this because I just got off the phone with my 80 something year old mother who voted for Trump. She was horrified by the whole episode. And she was so confused, because how could 'good christian boys do such a thing". I do not argue with nor disrespect my mother as she is over 80 and was and remains a great mother. It is just not done in my household. So all I said when she made here comment was "Mother, the answer is the hat they were wearing".
Her response was simple. She said "I'm afraid you might be right". Unless you have a Southern mother over 80 you do not understand who much is implied in that simple statement.
We have now seen our "kid's brains on Trump". And it was, and is ugly.
Enshrine DACA in law, not a presidential order. With the legally enshrined pathway to gain full Citizenship.
Because, remember, 1.5 years ago, this was our main goal and we owe it to the kids. But they will reject that offer.
Because his base hates DACA. They want those brown kids deported.
On the off chance they accept, we get what we wanted all along, and the house can easily kill funding any year in future.
But they will not take the deal. So it totally strips away the whole boarder security excuse and leaves nothing but racism.
A huge majority of Americans support the DACA kids. If we position the republicans into rejecting an offer to get the wall and solving the DACA kids problem, we win.
We should not let the wall drive our thinking the same way it does his base. We should use their obsession to our advantage.
Not even a week in and the house is already doing the following:
About to pass meaningful gun control legislation that 95% of Americans support and will get to watch the republicans kill.
Have a meaningful debate on Medicare for all(Which I do not support as a way to Universal Healthcare but a debate we need) and will strongly imprint our support for reasonable healthcare for all Americans. Not that we need more. We own the issue.
Telling Donnie FU on a his wall.
Getting the oversight cranked into gear starting with providing Mueller all the transcripts which will probably show perjury and perhaps collusion in that perjury with republican members of congress.
Making Climate Change priority again.
I am glad that Nancy has agreed to limit her time to 4 years and I suspect that if we win the presidency she will resign in 2020. And that is very good because we need to allow our very strong bench of youngsters to grow into their potential and gain leadership
But good god, am I glad we have the experienced leadership we have today.
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