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Cancelling August recess is a sign of GOP election-year desperation

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As the 2018 election draws ever closer, Mitch McConnell and his fellow GOP establishmentarians are scrambling to find ways to hide the fact that they have failed to deliver on nearly every major campaign promise made to the American people when they begged us to give them the keys to the Washington kingdom in 2016.

Other than tax cuts, Republicans have been the Party of No—no agenda, no ideas, and no morals. On some of the biggest 2016 campaign promises—repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood and reigning in big-government spending—the GOP has not only failed, but they have advanced Obama’s goals in these areas, essentially giving him a third term.

Faced with the reality that their ineptitude has fueled an oncoming Blue Tsunami in November, Republicans have faithfully resorted to the same worn-out election-year playbook where they simply recycle the broken promises used before. At the same time, they engage in the politics of distraction by engaging in activities designed to give the impression that they’re keeping their promises, such as holding meaningless votes on important issues like abortion, term limits, and balancing the budget.

So, if you’re Mitch McConnell, what do you do when your lame attempts to preserve your position of power is failing while at the same time Trump’s tariffs and protectionist trade policies are dragging the party down? You find another way to distract the voters.

Yesterday, McConnell announced that he has decided to cancel the upcoming August recess, forcing the Senate to work at a time when they’re usually campaigning. I find the use of the word “recess” rather ironic because it implies that the Senate was working in the first place, which clearly it wasn’t.

Irony aside, this is simply another version of the politics of distraction where Mickey & Co. can stand before the American people and claim that they are working to keep their word. A joke, really, because if the Senate hasn’t done the job they were supposed to do from November 2016 until now, they certainly aren’t going to get it done over a few weeks in August.

McConnell’s decision gives him two additional benefits, although they simply prove how much trouble the GOP is in. Since Republicans can’t win based on their accomplishments, cancelling the August recess gives McConnell an opportunity to blame Democrats for his feckless leadership. He can also keep Democrats from going on the campaign trail to point out to voters how Republicans haven’t accomplished anything over the past two years.

According to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, Democrat objections to the recess cancellation is a sign of their desperation, but it looks to me like Republicans are the desperate ones.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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10 things to do instead of watching the Democrats debate tonight

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10 things to do instead of watching the Democrats debate tonight

In 2016, I watched every debate the Democratic Party put on. Their policies were in a state of flux at the time and I wanted to learn more about that crazy up-and-coming whippersnapper, Senator Bernie Sanders.

This time, there are many reasons I won’t be watching the debate. First, the field is too big for now. I just don’t care enough about what 2/3rds of them have to say because less than 1/3rd actually have at least a minor shot of getting the nomination. The others are fundraising for their next election.

Second, I already know all the answers. Tim Young broke them down:

The third and final reason (there are more, but let’s not get boring) I won’t be watching tonight’s debate is because there are so many better ways to spend my time. Here are 10 things people should be doing that would be time better spent.

  1. Volunteer at a homeless shelter, especially if you live in a Democrat-controlled city like San Francisco, Seattle, or New York.
  2. Eat dinner at Chick-fil-A.
  3. Read the Constitution instead of listening to people who view it as a hindrance to their goals.
  4. Learn how we’re working to stop socialism from rising in America.
  5. Clean your guns. Too many gun owners aren’t doing proper maintenance.
  6. Learn about the growing threat of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  7. Preorder “Unplanned“.
  8. Spend time with family, friends, pets, or anyone you know who could use some encouragement today.
  9. Shop at Wayfair.
  10. Literally anything else.

Spoiler alert: They all hate Trump. They all want to stop America from being divided. They all want you to hate successful Americans. The Democrats’ responses will be variations of “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

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The one question the GOP does not want Mueller to answer

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The one question the GOP does not want Mueller to answer

This is not going to go as Democrats have planned. It never seems to work out for them, lately. Mueller will only repeat what he already wrote in the report. It will be highly publicized, heavily watched, and totally disappointing to the left.

Unless he answers one question.

Before explaining what that question is, here’s the latest on Robert Mueller’s intentions to testify before the House Judiciary Committee:

Robert Mueller agrees to testify before House lawmakers July 17 after subpoena, Nadler and Schiff announce

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17 after they subpoenaed the special counsel Tuesday, according to the committees’ chairmen, Reps. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Congressional Democrats have fought to get access to Mueller and his unredacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether President Trump obstructed justice. Weeks of negotiations between House Democrats and the Justice Department ultimately ended with the subpoena.

Fox News has learned Mueller would appear only under a subpoena, which has been described as a “friendly” subpoena, one that in essence had been planned. Mueller is expected to stick to the “four corners” of his report.

As he said at his press conference, he plans on only answering questions with references to his report. But there’s one question that he seems to have already answered in an indirect way. If he answers it directly, it could be a serious problem for President Trump.

The question is this:

“Would you have recommended corruption charges based on the evidence if the person of interest wasn’t the President?”

If he answers that question in the affirmative, the Democrats have their primary talking point for the 2020 elections.

It is unlikely he will answer this question, but one never knows until it happens.

But there’s a danger to the Democrats as well. If Mueller testifies that he believes Trump should be impeached, whether directly or by inference as he did at his press conference, it will be very difficult to hold back the reins as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been doing. She’ll have to act or risk a coup in her own party. By acting on impeachment, she will be helping the President. He doesn’t want it to happen, but his team is aware that impeachment would be an unpopular play for the Democrats.

The Democrats are grasping at straws now. They can’t get anything to stick because it seems there is nothing interesting enough to the people to stick on the President. But that’s not stopping them from trying. And failing.

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Census: Sanctuary cities are reaping what they sow

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Census Sanctuary Cities Are Reaping What They Sow

Whether or not the census should include a citizenship question is a debate currently raging in our country, but few are stopping to realize that the behavior of sanctuary cities has led to this near inevitable juncture.

All cursory arguments aside, the reality is that sanctuary cities are flipping the proverbial bird at federal law. By declaring themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants they are in essence declaring that significant portions of their population are likely undocumented and illegal. The logical question that arises from such a situation is whether lawlessness should be allowed to impact the apportionment of political representation.

The emergence of the citizenship question, regardless of its merits or lack thereof, should not come as a shock to anyone who has engaged in the manufacture of a sanctuary city. Do those who have endeavored to thwart federal law really think that the rest of the country would turn a blind eye to the apportionment of increased representation in federal government specifically predicated on an increased illegal population?

If those who wish to remove the citizenship question from the census are truly serious about their aims, they should set their sights as equally upon sanctuary cities as they should the Trump administration. It is the gross negligence of those who have attempted to thwart federal immigration law that has led to the just question of legitimate apportionment of political representation. Sanctuary cities, whether purposefully or not, have impacted the scales of their population in an unlawful way and if the census includes a citizenship question, as a commensurate response to their actions, they only have themselves to blame.

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