Anytime Congress needs to stand strong with President Trump and the American people we can rest assured we’ll see a cloud of dust, and a tsunami of blue suits surging out of sight. President Trump promised us a border wall and every effort he makes fulfilling that pledge is thwarted by the corrupt inhabitants of Capitol Hill.
The latest bit of treachery to be unleashed upon us came from an unlikely source, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). He’s played the role of the staunch conservative, the guy who got rid of Boehner, originally welcomed as a blessing but which ultimately led to us being saddled with Paul Ryan.
As the leader of the Freedom Caucus Meadows certainly talks a good and convincing game. But his actions don’t speak as loudly as his claims when it comes to the border wall. Republicans are experts at finding a way to back out of their commitments and to surrender to the Democrats.
Meadows now has placed the border wall on the chopping block, willing to tell President Trump and the American people to sit down and shut up about national security and sovereignty. He erroneously hints that Senate Democrats won’t fund hurricane relief if Republicans stand with the President.
A Surrender in May with a Promise for September – Now Another Betrayal
Meadows is essentially advocating they once again surrender without a fight, after promising during their previous surrender in May that they’d “for sure” fund the wall in the 2018 appropriations. The clever swamp vermin can postpone the debate if they use the “threat of a government shutdown” and their own ineptitude as excuses for simply passing a continuing spending resolution at current levels. Current levels have no border wall funding so the matter goes into limbo until the end of the year or beyond.
Six weeks ago, on July 10th, Meadows was singing a different, MAGA-friendly tune, telling Breitbart News, “There is nothing more critical that has to be funded than funding the border wall for two reasons. One is it is a commitment that the president made to the American people and one that he intends on keeping, but the second part of that is for our national security we must secure our borders. And the American people will accept no less.”
Now he seems to think that we will accept less and is willing to force us to do so. In laying the foundation for congressional and Freedom Caucus treachery, Meadows told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, “In talking to a number of my members, if there was a vote for a continuing resolution next week that did not include border wall funding, the majority of those members would be supportive of that.”
Meadows is aware of President Trump’s pledge last week in Phoenix that he’d allow the shutdown of the government that isn’t really a shutdown to take place. Critical sectors of the government, including FEMA and DHS, remain funded and operational regardless of a shutdown.
Meadows primed the sellout pump, saying, “I don’t see a way that there is going to be money for a wall
Meadows told Breitbart just yesterday, “So the problem is going to be with the Senate and if we end up with a CR [continuing resolution] I don’t see a way that there is going to be money for a wall and that’s going to be problematic. So the Democrats are going to have to come to grips with fact that the president is serious with this and start negotiating in good faith.”
Meadows and his colleagues are going to have to stop being so naive or worse and come to grips with the fact that Democrats are globalist communists who will never negotiate in good faith. They don’t want what’s best for the country, they are the enemy seeking our destruction. Congress needs to learn to work for us in spite of them, beginning right now or they need to be replaced. That starts now, with funding for, not surrendering on, the border wall.
Meadows has found what he apparently thinks is his protective cover in the timely destruction of Hurricane Harvey. ABC reported, “Meadows said he prefers a solution where government funding will continue through the rest of 2017, with a possible showdown involving the border wall not coming until December or January. He cited, in part, the need to keep government operations running in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.”
Announcing his intention and support of abandoning President Trump, the American people and his now questionable principles, Meadows said, “Next week, in September, we are encouraging our leadership to go ahead and put a bill on the House floor and let us vote for that. Most of the conservatives that I talked to are willing to … vote for a continuing resolution that just basically would not have wall funding in it — would continue the current stream of money that keeps the government operational [allows time to pass and removes Presidential leverage] while we work through and negotiate [surrender] on the appropriations bill.”
Meadows belied his claim that Harvey impacted his treacherous decision
He belied his Harvey excuse in expressing his support for a separate hurricane relief bill, not as part of a CR and something that can and will be done independent of the border wall funding. “He offered his support for Harvey relief after Congress can gauge the ‘full amount of the damage’ in the Gulf Coast.”
“When we have disaster relief a lot of times it becomes a vehicle for special spending,” Meadows said, adding, “As long as we keep the emergency relief really to support the people in need, whether they be in New York or Texas, I think you’ll find plenty of conservative support and certainly my support.”
So the hurricane relief is completely separate from the border wall. Why is Meadows conflating the two and advocating selling us out? This is a lot like what we got from the Freedom Caucus when they supposedly were going to hold strong to keep Ryan from becoming Speaker and then caved. Did someone make him another offer he can’t refuse?
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