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Let Trump’s amnesty sales pitch begin, suckers

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Let Trumps amnesty sales pitch begin suckers

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the first few months of the Trump administration, it’s that you can’t blink. Things can change rapidly. Staffers can be hired and fired in days. “Repeal” can turn into “repeal and replace” before becoming “tweak and rebrand,” all setting up the endgame of “bail it out and set the stage for single-payer.” Up can become down. Left can become right.

Don’t blink now. You might miss “they’ve got to go” turning into “does anybody really want to throw them out?”

Let’s rewind a bit before getting into the meat of the subject. It’s 2015. Candidate Trump has already made waves declaring the need to get rid of murderers and rapists crossing our border illegally. Chuck Todd brings up DACA, prompting the dapper candidate to tell his journalist companion exactly what needs to be done about DREAMers.

“They have to go,” candidate Trump said.

Like a Jeopardy! answer with its associated question coming two years later, President Trump decided to ask:

A sucker is born every day. Trump knows this. That’s why he’s not too worried about making his sales pitch. He doesn’t have to sell it to most Americans. He simply has to placate his alt-right base enough that they won’t turn on him for very long (or will at least turn back to him by 2020 after countless drunken nights and a handful of hateful-sounding Trump Tweets). The sad part is that even before he responded to news that he’s making a deal with Chuck and Nancy to save DACA without at least trading it for his border wall, many of his most fervent supporters started defending him.

For the first split second that it took me to read past the first four words, I expected Hannity to say he’s disappointed in his golden boy. Then, the reality of his cult-like indoctrination became clear. He blames Republicans, those broken men and women on Capitol Hill who just won’t follow the chosen one’s lead.

That’s where we are today. Now, let’s look at what the future likely holds…

Prepping for the pitch

Most will assume that President Trump was blindsided by reports last night that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi released a joint statement declaring they’d made a deal with the President that would save DACA and not include funding for his border wall.

The narrative that this was not the case came a little later when Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared the joint release to be at least exaggerated and potentially false.

Finally, the President himself took to Twitter this morning to refute the claims of his dinner dates from the night before.

For someone who’s known for reckless Tweets and the occasional “covfefe,” this was a meticulously crafted non-denial. The deal wasn’t “made” last night, but it was agreed to by both parties. That’s why there was a release. The focus on “massive border security” is an important part of the coming sales pitch. Lastly, “Would be subject to vote” is the disclaimer to the original sentence that a deal wasn’t “made.”

In less than 140-characters, President Trump clarified murkily, established the primary talking point for the sales pitch, and established a fallback position of “I don’t make legislation” by reminding us all that it’s subject to a vote. He created plausible deniability while still cementing his stance that he’s strong on border security. Correction: MASSIVE border security.

If there was a Pulitzer Prize for Twitter, this Tweet would be a contender.

President Trump was not blindsided. He is generating anger that he can then tone down by doing three things:

  • Make a show out of how much border security will be improved/
  • Continue to declare that the wall will be built, just not as part of the DACA deal because that wouldn’t be very sporting, would it?
  • Guilt as many people in his base as possible into forgetting he wanted to deport DREAMers during the campaign.

He’s building up feelings of betrayal in his base so he can sooth them later. It’s like a husband telling his wife, “I cheated on you! Nah, just kidding. But seriously, I did have lunch with my ex-girlfriend today.” By doing this, it’ll soften the blow when he sells his real plan: amnesty.

The Pitch

This isn’t hard. Most Americans actually agree with the sentiment that these poor, innocent former children did nothing wrong and don’t deserve to be punished. Convincing the Breitbart crowd is the hard part, but Trump has been blessed with an ability to sell, sell, sell.

With every push for amnesty, he’ll add the border security caveat.

With every mention of DACA, he’ll point to Congress as having the ball in their court.

With every question about deportation, he’ll point to how deportations are already on the rise.

In other words, he’ll have an answer for everything. He’s a natural salesman.

The narrative is already in place. His closest media allies are going to do whatever they can to shift the blame to the “do nothing GOP Congress” while ignoring the fact that the leader of the GOP is the man they’re defending.

Most Republicans aren’t suckers. At least a good chunk of them were simply voting against Hillary Clinton. Even many of his real supporters weren’t as dogmatic on deportations as long as he’d secure the border. The only suckers are those Trump fans who believed until now that he wasn’t going to lurch to the left. Even now, most still think he’s playing 4D chess.

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We need the wall. Tell Chuck and Nancy how you feel.

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We need the wall Tell Chuck and Nancy how you feel

There are many no-brainers that can’t seem to get done in Washington DC. Term limits. Reduction of powers. Balanced budgets. Addressing the national debt. The border wall.

This last one is in our grasp. We have a President who is ready to build it. Republicans on Capitol Hill failed to make it happen while they had the power and they paid the price in the House during the midterm elections. Now, we need to ramp up the pressure. This needs to be funded. Now.

Opposition to the border wall is untenable. We are a sovereign nation that has always embraced legal immigration, but illegal immigration has been one of the greatest threats to our sovereignty and security for too long. Will the wall solve it? No. Will it go a very, very long way towards mitigating the damage and allowing us to focus on additional solutions? Absolutely.

Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi are opposed to the wall. The latter will likely have the power soon to block the wall indefinitely. This cannot be allowed. We need to secure funding and start building the wall in earnest immediately. Not next year. Not after the 2020 election. The opportunity is now and we must take it.

Twitter is the most visible way of letting them know how you feel. If you are on Twitter, let them know by Tweeting this.

If you’re not on Twitter or you want to reach them in other ways, you can do so…

Let them know you are in wholehearted support of building a border wall immediately and any actions they make to block it will not be tolerated. We have the power of our votes. We can express our outrage. We can make them hear us.

Now is not the time for partisan politics. This should be an easy bipartisan issue to solve. The border wall is as blatantly necessary as the air we breath. Spread the word. Make them hear us.

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Trump to meet with Democrats about border wall, shutdown

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Trump to meet with Democrats about border wall shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders are seeking to avert a partial government shutdown amid a sharp dispute over Trump’s border wall and a lengthy to-do list that includes a major farm bill and a formal rebuke of Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump is set to confer Tuesday at the White House with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ahead of a Dec. 21 deadline to shut down a range of government agencies.

“Republicans still control the House, the Senate and the White House, and they have the power to keep government open,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement Monday.

“Our country cannot afford a Trump Shutdown,” the Democrats said, adding that Trump “knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement.”

Republican congressional leaders have repeatedly said it’s up to Trump to cut a deal with Democrats, an acknowledgement of their own inability to produce spending bills with Republican votes alone.

That gives Democrats some momentum heading into the closed-door talks, which also could veer into Trump’s request for emergency funding for deadly wildfires in California and a Republican-sponsored bill to extend expiring tax breaks and delay some health care taxes.

Before lawmakers adjourn for the year they also may consider a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller and a plan to overhaul the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill.

By far the biggest unresolved issue is the border wall. Trump wants the next funding package to include at least $5 billion for it, an idea Democrats have flatly rejected.

Pelosi and Schumer have urged Trump to support a bill that includes a half-dozen government funding bills largely agreed upon by lawmakers, along with a separate measure that funds the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through Sept. 30. The homeland bill includes about $1.3 billion for fencing and other security measures at the border.

If Trump does not agree to that, Democrats will likely urge a continuing resolution that funds all the remaining appropriations bills at current levels through Sept. 30, an aide said. The aide was not authorized to discuss strategy by name and requested anonymity.

Trump said Friday that Congress should provide all the money he wants for the wall and called illegal immigration a “threat to the well-being of every American community.”

At an appearance in Kansas City, Missouri, Trump accused Democrats of playing a political game and said it was one he ultimately would win.

“I actually think the politics of what they’re doing is very bad for them,” Trump said of Democrats. “We’re going to very soon find out. Maybe I’m not right. But usually I’m right.”

Pelosi, who is seeking to become House speaker in January, said she and many other Democrats consider the wall “immoral, ineffective and expensive” and noted that Trump promised during the 2016 campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, an idea Mexico has repeatedly rejected.

Protecting borders “is a responsibility we honor, but we do so by honoring our values as well,” Pelosi said last week.

Schumer said Democrats want to work with Trump to avert a shutdown, but said money for border security should not include the concrete wall Trump has envisioned. Instead, the money should be used for fencing and technology that experts say is appropriate, Schumer said.

“We do not want to let a Trump temper tantrum govern our policies or cause the shutdown of a government, which everyone on both sides of the aisle knows is the wrong idea,” Schumer said. If Trump “wants to shut down the government over Christmas over the wall, that’s his decision,” he said.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Trump was all that stands between fully funding the government and a shutdown.

“Time and again, President Trump has used the government of the American people as a bargaining chip for his fabricated solution to his manufactured crisis,” Leahy said Monday in a Senate speech.

Trump “wants to score a made-for-reality-TV moment and he doesn’t care how many hardworking Americans will suffer for it,” Leahy said. “This is not about border security. This is about politics, pure and simple.”

But House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Democrats were the ones playing politics.

Trump “wants to secure the border. He got elected president on that platform,” Scalise told Fox News Channel.

If there’s a better way to secure the border than the $5 billion plan Trump has laid out, Democrats “need to come with an alternative,” Scalise said Monday. “They can’t come and say they want to shut the government down for no reason because they don’t want border security. They’ll lose that argument with the American people.”

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Monday he does not believe Trump or Democrats want to shut the government down.

“When I was with him the indication was he didn’t want to shut the government down, but he did want his wall,” Shelby said.

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AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

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Being against illegal immigration is NOT about being against immigrants

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Being against illegal immigration is NOT about being against immigrants

The propaganda machines (mainstream media) and indoctrination institutions (schools and leftist activist groups) have been spreading a false narrative for decades. They want opposition to illegal immigration to become tantamount with opposition to immigrants. This is so far from the truth for most conservatives, but there’s a problem we’re facing in opposing this notion. Some who claim to be conservatives have embodied the tenets that leftists try to paint on all of us.

I am a legal immigrant. I am one of many conservatives who believe if we dramatically reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, we can systematically creak open the doors to allow more legal immigration. As President Trump often says, we need them. We need the best that other countries have to offer. We make a huge mistake by educating health, tech, and engineering professionals, then sending them back to their original nations to utilize their talents.

But none of this is possible as long as people come to and/or stay in our nation illegally. The recognized number of illegal immigrants currently in the country is 11 million, but as many experts point out, this has been the number for a long time despite reports that the flow of illegal immigrants has increased. We’re not deporting fast enough to maintain the 11 million number for years, so with estimates as high as 30 million, let’s put the actual number somewhere in the middle.

If there are 20 million illegal immigrants in the nation, that accounts for a huge part of the population that is receiving benefits through taxpayer dollars without contributing any of their own dollars. It’s indefensible even in the most generous socialist utopia.

We need immigrants. But those who come across the border illegally or overstay their visas are not immigrants. The whole purpose of immigration is to expand our culture, increase our productivity, and build a stronger society. Immigrants help us achieve these goals. Illegal immigrants hamper our efforts.

Much has been talked lately about the term “nationalism.” In its true form, nationalism is a great thing. It’s what helped us win WWI and WWII. It’s that pride in American exceptionalism that turned our young nation into the greatest beacon of hope and prosperity the world has ever known. As leftists often say, our nation was built by immigrants, and they are correct. However, it is through legal immigration that prosperity and exceptionalism can continue. Illegal immigration represents one of the greatest threats to this hope.

The bigots who claim the mantle of nationalism are false. Their visions of white nationalism is the opposite of what true American nationalism represents. The pride of being an American is one that can and should be shared with the people of the world who truly want to be part of our nation, share in our traditions, assimilate to our culture, and add to it by including their own.

There was a time when immigration was represented by a group of people holding up their right hands and stating their oath of allegiance. Today, leftist mainstream media has painted the image of pregnant mothers climbing border fences as the new representation of immigration. This mockery of the system is one of the reasons we have thousands of migrants suffering at the border as we speak. They were told lies and promised things that cannot and should not be delivered.

But it isn’t just the left that’s making a mess of the system. White nationalists who claim our sovereignty is tied to race have defaced the very laws that hold our nation together. They share the blame for every battle we lose in the fight against illegal immigration by polarizing people away from common sense. By attempting to share the conservative mantle on the topic of immigration, they associate their bigotry against all immigrants with those of us who actually embrace legal immigration.

The nationalism promoted by most conservatives is not the same as the white nationalism promoted by hate groups. To claim they’re the same is like claiming opposition to fascism is the same as the ideology of intimidation and violence employed by Antifa.

Legal immigration is a part of American nationalism in its truest form. Both illegal immigration and white nationalism pervert the tenets of our sovereignty and the rule of law that make true nationalism possible.

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