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Assault on America, Day 161: Hillary, Obama, GOP heads and the politics of cowardice & losing

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Among the many, many memorable things Donald Trump’s uttered during his never boring four-year political career was his legendary promise to “win” at everything.

Remember how Trump famously boasted (at a 2016 rally in Albany, New York), “You're going to be so proud of your country -- if I get in. You're going to be so proud of your president -- and I don't care about that. But you are going to be so proud of your country, because we're going to turn it around and we're going to start winning again. We're going to win so much. We're going to win at every level. We're going to win economically; we're going to win with the economy. We're going to win with the military. We're going to win with healthcare and for our veterans. We're going to win with every single facet.

“We're going to win so much you may even get tired of winning. And you'll say, please, please, it's too much winning! We can't take it anymore. Mr. President, it's too much. And I'll say, no it isn't. We have to keep winning. We have to win more! We're going to win more! We're going to win so much!”

Hyperbole? That’s what most people probably took away from the unproven candidate at the time, a man who’d suddenly materialized on the American political scene a year before and promised to rock the DC swamp the same way he’d worked over private sector business opponents his entire life. Trump wasn’t used to anything else but winning in his life -- and even when he didn’t prevail, he’d never concede defeat (which was thoroughly annoying to supporters of Trump’s primary opponents -- I know from experience).

Trump won again last weekend when he announced a new pact with Mexico to get control of the worse-by-the-hour illegal alien border crossing situation. Facing threats of dramatically increased tariffs on Mexican products, the nation’s government agreed to step up its efforts to stem the tide before the would-be invasion force even reached the line separating the two countries.

Is this the end-all, be-all of the immigration issue? Who knows? But there’s little doubt it was yet another “win” for Trump, another campaign promise fulfilled and another notch on his presidential achievements post. Charles Hurt wrote at The Washington Times, “This is a monumental victory for the rule of law.

“Also, it is a win for bringing sanity to our southern border. And once the issue of record numbers of illegals streaming across the border is resolved, maybe politicians in Washington can finally address all the other immigration disasters of their own making, such as the 12-plus million illegals roaming the interior of our country.

“Perhaps no one, however, will benefit more from this Trump diplomatic victory than the thousands and thousands of children who have been illegally dragged, smuggled and secreted across the lethal border by bloodthirsty coyotes. Some — likely far more than we even know about — have died on this dangerous journey.”

As would be expected, Democrats didn’t see it the same way. Congressional poohbahs Senate Minority Leader “Chucky” Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi both panned the new accord. Pelosi even said, “Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy,” decrying the need for the president to bully Mexico over potential economic penalties should our geographic neighbors refuse to stop serving as an unfettered highway for central Americans -- and others -- to knock on America’s proverbial golden door.

Makes you really feel sorry for Mexico’s poor leaders, doesn’t it? They never had a chance. Had they been in power, Democrats almost certainly would’ve stood by the swamp’s tried-and-untrue policies that haven’t produced bupkis in terms of impeding the plague of aliens. The Mexicans have sat on their guns and (literally) watched as caravans and hundreds of thousands of individuals violated their own stringent immigration laws every year to make a mockery of American sovereignty. No more.

This episode is just the latest iteration of “winning” Trump promised during the 2016 campaign. And it showed, again, that Trump is first and foremost concerned with results over pleasantries, appearances and political considerations. The New Yorker’s hint about boosting tariffs drew loud howls of protest from Democrats and the so-called “leaders” of the GOP, all of which incessantly worried about how the Mexicans might retaliate with unreasonable demands of their own. Like Mexico has the kind of leverage the United States possesses… in any respect.

These Capitol Hill losers similarly whined and groaned about how tariffs would hurt American producers if the elevated levies ever took effect. No harm, no foul -- since the pressure job worked and the Mexicans melted like a fat guy’s dietary resistance in a buffet line.

In contrast to Trump, the DC swamp class is so conditioned to losing that it gives up before anything’s ever tried. The illegal immigration conundrum’s lasted for decades with politicians from both parties hemming and hawing over the repeated letdowns, making excuses for their malfeasance while simultaneously begging to keep their voting and donor constituencies happy. How about another fresh round of assurances that there’s no border emergency and Trump’s tough rhetoric would only inflame the tensions?

It’s almost like the establishment prefers losing and surrendering to facing the voters with actual accomplishments and promises of “We’re going to win so much you’ll get tired of it.” In a nutshell, this sums up the difference between Trump and his predecessors. Trump’s elephant-thick skin allowed him to pledge things no pol would ever dare to offer -- and then go without fear of losing and do whatever it took to “win”. It’s happened over and over in these two-and-a-half years, at least in those circumstances where Trump didn’t need to depend on feckless GOP congressional heads to go along.

Meanwhile, Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden’s out on the campaign trail swearing he’ll get things done by restoring the old order to the national government, which is little more than an empty vow to “be nice” to hyper-sensitive establishment Republicans as long as they consent to being doormats and capitulators again. If GOP leaders had any backbone -- or listened to the principled conservatives in their caucuses -- the country wouldn’t be in the awful fiscal shape it’s in today. And needless to say, Trump wouldn’t have to do as much bragging about “winning” anymore because many of the battles would’ve already been won.

Democrats are just as shell-shocked at Trump’s success as Republican establishment types. They’d make outlandish claims every election cycle and fail to live up to them -- and before the current White House occupant took over, few people noticed. Barack Obama’s presidency featured one lousy result after another and yet Hillary Clinton nearly won the chance to succeed him.

Hillary lost -- she’s used to it -- but still won’t concede or salvage any dignity from admitting the fact. From the Associated Press, “Hillary Clinton says there are two inescapable conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“The first is that Russia conducted a sweeping and systemic interference into the 2016 election and the second is that obstruction of justice occurred. ‘You cannot read the report, chapter and verse, fact after fact, without reaching those conclusions,’ Clinton said. She made the comments during an appearance with Madeleine Albright Saturday at their alma mater, Wellesley College.

“’People just want to quit hearing about it and get back to their normal lives. There is nothing normal about undermining the rule of law. There is nothing normal about attacking the press. There is nothing normal about trying to undermine another branch of government,’ she said.”

Um… didn’t Hill do all of those things herself? Why doesn’t any media honk ever ask the last Democrat presidential contender about her campaign’s role in the whole “Russian collusion” thing in the first place? Would Clinton just lie -- again -- and claim she didn’t know anything about it?

What about the Obama administration’s demonstrated antagonism to the rule of law during the 2016 campaign and its holdovers’ smear job in Trump’s first few months in office? As facts leaked about the FBI and Justice Department leadership’s failed coup attempts, it’s obvious the only cooperation with Russians took place on the Democrat side. It didn’t work either -- so now Hillary’s making the rounds speaking at places like Wellesley to friendly audiences waxing about what might have been.

Along with his many predictions of “winning” President Trump’s known for calling his opponents “losers” and gloating over their failures. Such talk may not go over well on a playground, but in the world of politics you can say anything you want as long as you back it up. Trump’s done it -- a lot.

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