Nearly two years since millions of Americans voted specifically for a wall to be built along the southern border of the country, very little progress has been made. The latest spending bill did nothing to make it happen. Why? Because the midterm elections are right around the corner.
In a logical and sane scenario on Capitol Hill, now would be the best time to get the funding in place. There’s a chance Republicans could lose the House, Senate, or both, so this spending bill might have been their last chance to get the dollars allocated. Doesn’t it make sense to get it done before it’s too late?
Unfortunately, that’s not how our representatives in the House and Senate operate. They don’t look at what they can get done before an election. They look at what is so controversial that it would be best to save until after the election. Protecting their majority is much more important to them than doing their job or fulfilling the will of the people.
The sad part is this backwards mentality could be so easily debunked if they acted boldly. Instead of saying, “Let’s give up everything so we don’t lose,” they should be saying, “Let’s do what we promised so we can win.”
There’s a reason absolutely zero headway is being made towards reversing the deficit, drastically cutting costs, or fulfilling their promises, including the wall. That reason is fear. Doing the right thing doesn’t always equate to getting more votes. Democrats have demonstrated for decades how they can buy votes by promoting unsustainable concepts and irresponsible fiscal practices. They became the party that gives away everything and the Republicans took notice. Instead of fighting that, they decided to make calls from the same playbook.
The Republican philosophy since President Trump took office has been, “If you can beat them, join them anyway.” Their fear of defeat will be the biggest reason they lose if indeed they can’t keep hold of the House, Senate, or both.