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Assault on America, Day 75: Trump veto signals no retreat on vow to drain the putrid DC swamp

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If President Donald Trump was waiting for the perfect moment to veto his first congressional action, it arrived last Friday as the newly passed Democrat-inspired effort to disapprove of his national emergency border declaration reached his Oval Office desk.

Trump affixed his veto signature to the legislation and that was that. It all seemed anti-climactic. Caitlin Yilek and Melissa Quinn of the Washington Examiner reported he said, “’Today I am vetoing this resolution,’ Trump told reporters in the Oval Office where he was flanked by law enforcement and ‘angel’ family members whose loved ones were killed by illegal immigrants. ‘Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution, and I have the duty to veto it.’

“The president's action comes after a dozen Republican senators on Thursday joined their Democratic colleagues in passing a resolution of disapproval that terminated Trump's Feb. 15 emergency declaration, which had allowed him to bypass Congress and redirect federal dollars for the wall along the southern border. The White House said it would divert $3.6 billion from the Defense Department's military construction fund to build the border barrier.

“Trump called the resolution ‘reckless’ and ‘dangerous’ and characterized the vote by Congress as ‘against reality.’”

So, who’s right here? It’s curious to pose the question considering all that’s transpired in the past few months -- but America’s fought over the issue for at least four decades now. Over the course of time the flow of illegal aliens across the southern border increased from a slow and measured trickle of able-bodied men in search of work to a flood of sick, hungry and destitute humanity, whole families armed with “asylum” claims and an American political establishment itching to pamper and exploit them.

Not to mention the diseases these unfortunate souls carried with them, both medically and socially. Stories of rape, murder and drugs accompany every conversation on the subject. Liberals see only the conundrum’s humanitarian side, but what about actuality? What about the whole busloads of migrants detained by federal immigration officials? Or the children purposely dragged on the thousand-mile journey just so adults could more easily skirt the law?

Trump must’ve felt very alone on Friday, disheartened at the notion of twelve of his Republican senate colleagues teaming with every Democrat to distrust his executive judgment on national security. It’s more than a difference of opinion at this juncture. The president was correct -- Congress was “reckless,” “dangerous” and acting “against reality” by countering his constitutionally granted power to protect the nation’s borders.

Imagine the other side of the coin. What if Trump acted like today’s Democrats and essentially looked the other way while an invasion overran Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. As many astute commentators noted, a president has a duty to protect states from foreign threats -- and if this endless wave of homo sapiens doesn’t constitute a threat, well, what does?

Polls and statistics suggest these newcomers, should they ever attain citizenship and voting status, would express their gratitude to the party that made it possible for them to stay and thrive in the United States (thanks to government benefits like healthcare, housing, cash welfare payments, education for their kids and various other goodies that dare not speak their name). Over the course of years Democrats went from union-protecting champions to vote shaving hustlers. Their contribution to the discussion consists of “no,” “uh-uh” and “no way.”

All of this is expected of them, so although it’s infuriating it isn’t shocking. But what of the twelve Republicans who took creepy “Chucky” Schumer’s side of the issue? Most of them expressed worry about establishing a sinister precedent by granting excessive powers to the president, but this purported unease was really just cloaking a deeper fear of upsetting the political applecart and frightening away the voters who love illegal immigration, paying higher taxes and rising crime statistics and fulfill no greater function than breathing in oxygen and expelling plant-sustaining carbon dioxide.

Then again, Democrats would never consider voting Republican under any circumstances, right?

Democrats deserve credit for always achieving unanimity (except on rare occasions West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin agrees with the GOP); it increases their clout to speak with one voice, a comforting notion Schumer uses to his advantage time and again. But Republicans hardly ever hold steadfast. The usual suspects -- Maine Senator Susan Collins and Alaska lightweight Lisa Murkowski -- were bolstered by several more wishy-washy RINOs (Senators Lamar Alexander, Jerry Moran, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio and Roger Wicker) and a few misguided principled conservatives (Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Pat Toomey).

Who knows, perhaps Lee went along with Democrats on this one because he’s a likely future Supreme Court appointee should one of the bench’s devoted liberals suddenly exit (Ruth Bader Ginsburg?). Lee could then refer to his vote on the emergency declaration and assert he’s not a party honk who rubber stamps everything the president does. No matter -- Democrats would roast him anyway.

Utah junior senator Romney did what he does best -- waffle and waver -- and then exposed his soft liberal underside by pow-wowing with the same Democrats who severely savaged him seven years ago. In doing so Mitt cemented his legacy as a presidential loser who’ll never again challenge for the commander in chief’s job. Any dreams of someday winning the GOP nomination (in 2020 or otherwise) just went out the window -- the grassroots would never consider him now. Romney’s flip-flopped on immigration one too many times. Perhaps he’s set his sights on the Minority Leader’s position when Democrats take back the senate at some point.

Longtime Tennessee RINO Senator Lamar Alexander’s already announced he’s not running for reelection so once again exposing his liberal spots offered no risk to his legacy as a squish. Hopefully the Volunteer State will replace him with another principled conservative like Marsha Blackburn (Rep. Mark Green?) and the cause of liberty will advance.

Florida’s “Little” Marco Rubio voted for the Democrats’ scheme because he’s already vying to become the GOP establishment’s candidate in 2024 (if they can’t knock off Trump next year, that is). Anything “Marco Robato” does to validate his allegiance to the swamp will engender gobs of ruling class donations down the road. He’d better rehearse that 25-second speech now though!

For their part, Democrats aren’t about to take Trump’s veto sitting down. Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis reported at The Hill, “The House will hold a veto override vote on March 26, shortly after lawmakers return from a weeklong recess, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Friday. The measure is unlikely to garner the necessary two-thirds majority, given that only 13 House Republicans joined with Democrats in support of a resolution last month to block Trump's emergency declaration to build a border wall.

“And even though 12 Senate Republicans joined the Democrats to send the measure to Trump’s desk, eight more would have to defect in that chamber to override the veto, the first of Trump's presidency.”

Hence the process will play out. This episode was just one grand waste of time since Democrats knew their disapproval resolution would draw Trump’s first veto and they couldn’t count on enough RINOs in both chambers to override. Nevertheless, Democrats hoped to increase the size of the GOP’s schism between the do-nothing establishment congressional leadership and the outsider president who’s way more concerned with realizing his campaign promises than earning popularity with the swamp creatures.

Democrats vowed to keep bringing up disapproval resolutions, aiming to keep Republicans divided on the subject. It’s up to GOP senators to get the message. This is political war and the troops must be mustered. It’s no time to be a summer soldier or sunshine patriot when there are ideological battles to wage.

President Trump’s excellent political instincts were proven correct as he saved his first veto for the crucial immigration issue. Congress’s decades-long stalling on the wall pushed the problem into crisis mode. Trump’s leadership showed Republicans how it’s done -- but will they learn?

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