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Beto 2020: Investing in border security means… open borders?

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Despite spending more money than any other Senate candidate in history, Beto O’Rourke lost to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). It wasn’t surprising considering how conservative Texas generally is, but O’Rourke made a race out of it with heavy spending and tons of external support.

O’Rouke, in many ways, is still the star of the Democratic Party despite his loss. They haven’t won a statewide election this century, so even in his loss he has many Democrats excited about the prospects of a 2020 presidential run.

He claimed the day before the election that he wouldn’t run for President if he lost, but drafting people to change their minds is relatively common.

Most of his policies are far to the left, but arguably his most progressive stance is the border. He believes in open borders, which is more and more common for Democrats, but he added a new dimension to his version of the disastrous policy stance:

“I have to convince other Democrats and Republicans that it’s wise to invest in the U.S.-Mexico border, not just for security, but also for mobility and trade, and that’s why we should open up the border.”

It’s hard to imagine how he believes investing in border security means opening the border, but there you have it. It’s propaganda. It’s newspeak. When contradictions are invoked as possibly coexisting, it’s a sign the ideology is lost.

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No national emergency declaration: Trump’s “major announcement” will be an offer Democrats can’t refuse

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No national emergency declaration Trumps major announcement will be an offer Democrats cant refuse

This may be the best news I’ve heard all day (yes, even better than learning the Buzzfeed story was debunked, though that was pretty awesome as well). According to multiple outlets, the President will NOT be declaring a national emergency to fund the border wall and end the government shutdown. Instead he will be making Democrats an offer on live television to get the wall funded while dangling an incentive that he hopes will push Democrats to the negotiating table.

I’ll admit up front that I didn’t see this coming. I even went so far as to scold the President prematurely for declaring a national emergency, which apparently he is not. As I’ve always said, I will praise him when he does well and criticize him when he does poorly. Unless this report is wrong, I’ll happily praise him… unless his offer is too much.

What might be offered? Perhaps the DACA fix he didn’t want to do when Senator Chuck Schumer shut down the government last year. Maybe he’ll throw them a curve ball and offer some sort of boost to environmental efforts. Perhaps it’ll be adding more humanitarian aid to his border security package, greatly increasing the size and manpower of facilities that hold and process illegal immigrants and migrant seekers.

If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on a DACA fix. Then again, I would have also put my money on him declaring a national emergency, and it seems I would have lost that bet.

Whatever the offer is, it’ll need to be something that will make the Democrats look poorly to Independents and moderate Democrats if they don’t take it while not being so much that his base will feel betrayed by the offer.

Assuming this pans out as expected, I owe the President an apology for assuming the worst. Instead of the worst, this may be the best case scenario and as long as he’s not giving up too much, may also be the best move of his presidency.


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Larry Elder, Sean Hannity discuss the shutdown

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Larry Elder Sean Hannity discuss the shutdown

Radio host Larry Elder joined Sean Hannity on Fox News tonight to break down the government shutdown. Elder pointed out that President Obama was being urged by advisers, including Rahm Emmanuel, to abandon Obamacare, but Nancy Pelosi urged him to go big or go home.

Later, they discussed the Speaker of the House’s refusal to meet with Angel Moms. Elder asked what she would say to them. Hannity said she should have given them condolences for their losses.

My Take

The talking heads on Fox News keep repeating the same narratives, but it’s not working. This is an example of mainstream media playing to the base by repeating the narrative for cheers from the crowd but failing to present better information the Republican base can use to argue for the border wall.

Many on the right, particularly in media, are failing to make a compelling case for the wall. They need to adjust their talking points if they really want their audience to help sell the idea to the rest of America.


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What Allen West has been saying for years is extremely relevant today

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What Allen West has been saying for years is extremely relevant today

Reading this quote, one might believe LTC Allen West said it today. It’s fitting as we’re seeing the exact effects he warned us about many years ago as a Congressman. Today, as a political commentator, he could repeat this quote over and over again and it would never get old.

Unfortunately, Washington DC decided not to confront the issue until now. The results: a porous southern border, activist judges who want to hamper enforcement of the law, sanctuary cities, and an entire political party that would rather shut down the government than do what it takes to improve border security.

“One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality.”

We should have headed his warnings a decade ago. Instead, we’re scrambling to put together something, anything that can defend our borders from the Hydra he referenced.


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