Yes, it happened again! President Trump and members of Congress, mainly Democrats, are at odds over a new budget deal and we have yet another partial government shutdown. How long this shutdown will last is a huge mystery. Negotiations are currently taking place and I have to believe that a settlement is very imminent and this shutdown will not be a long. Nevertheless, about a 1/4 of the federal government is shut down at the current time. Ironically, the dispute between Trump and the Democrats is over too much funding where suddenly the Democrats are claiming that we will be spending too much taxpayer money over a particular item, in this case a new border wall. Just when have the Democrats become the party of fiscal responsibility?
The amount of money that Trump is asking for to build this security wall is around 5 billions dollars. At first glance, this figure seems to be rather imposing to the typical individual. 5 billion dollars of taxpayer money appears to be a ridiculous amount of money. However, when you consider what the total budget of the federal government is, this figure is only a small fraction of the total amount of money contained in the federal budget. I wonder if these same Democrats who are howling about giving away taxpayers money are just as concerned about us giving away large sums of money to Iran or other foreign countries.
Some say that a border wall will be ineffective and a total waste of money. I say hogwash to that! A wall has worked very well in Israel and China for many years. A physical barrier is a very effective way of stopping or discouraging illegals from entering this country. Add in new technology such as sensors and drones and the wall would be very effective. Spending a small portion of the federal budget to enable this country to be much safer is a complete no-brainer of an idea. Why would anyone be against such a common sense idea?
Unfortunately, we have a bunch of politicians in Congress who do not have any common sense. They cannot appreciate the magnitude of harm that illegal immigration causes this country. If you want to play a blame game over this impasse, blame the politicians who are just playing politics over national security. I cannot blame President Trump one bit for shutting down the government. It is unfortunate that we have several elected officials who are the real cause of yet another senseless government shutdown.
There is a huge election in this country coming up on Tuesday. Many critical seats, both at the national and local level, are at stake. Yours truly is extremely eager to make the long 1/4 mile trek to my local polling place. I think many people in this country feel the same way as I do. We feel very excited to exercise our civic duty as citizens to elect people we feel will best serve US and I mean US! People tend to forget that these politicians work for us; we are their bosses and we are responsible for hiring them. One of the things that I find really fascinating about elections are the people who show up and vote. I wonder what drives people to vote the way they do. Some voters are strictly one issue voters. A particular candidate may be appealing to them because they are strong supporters of education and education alone. Others like myself are more driven based on the party of the candidate. Unfortunately, many folks show up at these polling places with completely no knowledge of what they are voting for.
I see many high level people on the campaign trail this week urging people to get out and vote. Former President Barack Obama was at a rally yesterday urging people to make a difference and get out and vote. I certainly praise him for saying that but I might add that we need more educated and informed voters. It is sad that in today’s political climate, style over substance usually wins over people. A particular candidate may appear on a television ad asking people for their support. He or she may appear to be very personable, physically attractive and well spoken. They may say all the right things. A voter is instantly hooked when they see these people running for office. But do you know the background of this person who you are about to hire? What kind of past record do they have? What issues did they support and are currently supporting at the present time? The internet is full of information on candidates, but unfortunately, many voters are just too lazy to do their homework before entering the polling place. If you are one of these people, maybe you should just stay home and not vote! It is a strong disservice to not only the candidates, but to your fellow citizens, to be an uneducated voter.
I have a lot of respect for people who seem to be very knowledgeable of the issues and can explain and articulate in great detail on why they vote a certain way. Even if their views are completely different from mine. I do NOT have respect for those narrow-minded people who only vote because that candidate seems to be a very nice man or woman. We have had many very nice people in the past who are terrible politicians! Or some simple-minded individual who claims that they are voting against someone because that person will take away their health care. Believe me, no candidate wants to do that! Maybe you have been watching too many political ads if you believe in that nonsense. Regardless, I hope everyone gets out on Tuesday and exercises one of the greatest rights we have, the right to vote. In the meantime, take a little bit of time to brush up on the candidates and do your homework. The candidates and our voting system is much better when we have many strongly informed and knowledgeable voters going to the polls.
A couple of news clips really caught my attention this week. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was on some news show and was asked about the current uncivil nature of politics in this country. Clinton explained to the interviewer that it is impossible to be civil when you have people trying to take away what you strongly believe in. Another clip involved former Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder brought up a quote from former first lady, Michelle Obama. She said ” If they (political opponents) go low, we go high”. Holder rephrased to quote to say “No, if they go low, we kick them!” So there you have it. That is all you need to know about the attitude of many politicians regarding staying somewhat civil in today’s political climate. Forget about winning over people by articulating your ideas better than your opponents by using facts and past history. No, that is simply not good enough. You need to harass them at every opportunity. Even former President Barack Obama encouraged his disciples to get into the faces of those who disagree with you.
It is extremely unfortunate that politics have now become this. We are now seeing members of Congress and members of the White House staff being harassed in public places by very radical people. Just last month, a member of Team Trump was harassed in a restaurant over Trump’s policies on illegal immigration. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was told to leave a restaurant because she is committing the unforgivable sin of working for President Trump. A congressman was shot during a congressional softball practice by a deranged man who was a harsh opponent of his party. The list goes on and on and these events will probably become more and more common in the upcoming months especially if the Democrats do not get their much promised so-called “Blue Wave”. I am scared to death that these little acts will lead to something far greater, like assassination attempts. Something has to be done quickly before it is too late. It is rapidly getting out of control.
I know many people, especially many leftists, probably feel that these means of intimidation will result in more votes and greater power. If they feel that way, they are sadly mistaken. Harassing people in these examples is just pure and simply rude and classless. If you want your beloved people to win elections, articulate in great detail and truthfully why their policies will help the people in this country. Spend time campaigning in all areas of the country to get your message out. Explain why your policies are so much better than your opponents. The voters are willing to listen. It is as simple as that. Maybe these acts of rudeness and mob mentality are acts of desperation by angry people who have no decent or reasonable plans to fall back on.
As a voter, I am very turned off by bully politics. It has no place or time in this country. People should learn to respect the views and ideas of their opponents and give them an opportunity to express those views instead of shouting them down. Are there any members of the Democratic party who are willing to take a stance and condemn these sick acts? I would be very disgusted if some member of a party who I supported did some of these same things. Can we PLEASE have a little civility in politics? Is that too much to ask?
You would think that a highly qualified candidate for the Supreme Court would have no problem getting confirmed. Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified potential justices that has ever been nominated and his appointment as one of the justices should be a slam dunk. But in the very divisive world that we live in these days, his nomination hearings this week has been hardly anything but smooth. Kavanaugh is believed to have conservative views on many of the important issues that this country is facing and that apparently is not sitting too well with many of the radical left-wing Senate Democrats. They are desperately trying to block his nomination at all costs even have protesters disrupt the hearings. The hearings this week have turned in some sort of political circus and I hope voters will remember these obstructionist Democrats this November when the mid-terms take place.
One of the biggest fears from those critics of Kavanaugh is that he is to help overturn Roe vs Wade. Several lies have come out against Kavanaugh alarming women that if this guy gets confirmed, your rights with regards to your body will be taken away. There is absolutely no evidence to indicate that Kavanaugh would even consider overturning this piece of legislation. Why is there so much hysteria over basically an unproven belief? Others worry that he will basically turn this nation’s set of laws in a bunch of conservative only laws. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While Senate Democrats continue to try and dig up more mud on this guy, they might want to remember what Kavanaugh said about the role of a justice on the Supreme Court. He stated very clearly that a justice has the role of following the Constitution and has a duty of FOLLOWING THE LAW, NOT MAKING THE LAW. That answer alone should score major brownie points with anyone who has concerns with Kavanaugh.
Maybe the Senate Democrats should put aside their own little political biases and consider how qualified this man really is. Unfortunately this hearing is nothing more than a political circus and yet another attempt to discredit the presidency of Donald Trump since Trump was the one who nominated Kavanaugh. In the end, Trump will get yet another win under his belt with the confirmation of Kavanaugh and the Democrat obstructionists will lose again.