Schumer Shutdown

New York Democrat Senator Charles Schumer’s insistence as Senate Minority Leader on holding the House Continuing Resolution bill hostage over amnesty for the 3.6 million illegal aliens imported by the Obama administration as children under the DACA program rightly earns this unnecessary government closure the colorful moniker of being the “Schumer Shutdown.”

As he was drafting the Constitution in the second floor study of his home at Montpelier, James Madison sought a way to temper the passions that he was certain would be given voice by the House of Representatives being as they were much closer and therefore much more beholden to the people in having to face reelection every two years. Inflamed passions over an issue could lead to the passage of some egregious legislation, reasoned Madison, unless these passions could be allowed to dissipate through more careful deliberation in the Senate. One way to slow the consideration of legislation to force more careful deliberation was to institute longer terms of six years for Senators, which Madison went to great lengths explaining in Federalist #62 as he elaborated on the Senate. In the modern era, requiring their election by an entire state as opposed to districts like those of the House contributes to allowing Senators the breathing room necessary for more deliberative consideration without the necessity of facing immediate reelection by a smaller group of constituents.

In practical terms, each chamber was allowed to employ the filibuster technique and define its terms, though this became unwieldy rather quickly in the House and was thus abandoned. In the Senate, the original three-fourths supermajority was eventually pared back to the current three-fifths majority of 60 votes. Requisition of a majority vote to close off debate was originally intended to serve as a protection for the rights of the minority to prevent the passage of dubious and egregious legislation, but by dropping the insistence that a member be forced to actually speak after having been recognized by the Chair, it has since become effective as a minority tactic to kill consideration of legislation with the mere threat of its invocation. Furthermore, cloture has long ago ceased being a tactic to prevent the passage of egregious and ill-considered legislation by forcing more deliberation and become instead a minority tactic of leverage to force adoption of legislation concerning unrelated issues by holding hostage passage of the otherwise unobjectionable legislation under consideration. Those in the minority can require passage of unrelated and unpopular legislation dealing with completely unrelated issues before conceding to support passage of legislation they otherwise find unobjectionable and were inclined to support in the first place. This was not the role cloture was intended to serve, but it has since become the role cloture plays.

In practical terms, a Senator can kill a Senate bill by merely threatening to invoke cloture when neither party has the sixty seats needed to close debate. More likely though, the Senator can force unrelated legislation to be tacked onto the bill under consideration knowing that these unrelated legislative bills which stand no chance of passage on their own will become law along with the original bill. Moreover, Senators facing reelection can be made to look bad by opponents pointing out that they voted for some unpopular legislation favored by the opponent’s party while failing to mention it was tacked onto legislation needed to address some issue of importance such as a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded.

Democrats successfully employed the media to cast the 1995 government shutdown as the fault of Republicans. Bolstering their case was House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s constant threat to allow a government shutdown if the Republican budget slowing entitlement spending was not adopted. President Clinton refused to sign the Republican budget and cast Republicans as attempting to hold him hostage over legislation to keep the government functioning. The media unleashed a barrage of stories featuring Gingrich threatening the shutdown with apparent zeal leading Americans to conclude Republicans were responsible for the shutdown. Since that shutdown and the negative perception voters came away with of placing its responsibility on the GOP, Republicans have trembled at the prospect of being blamed for another shutdown. Former House Speaker John Boehner was so fearful of incurring the wrath of voters against Republicans that he consistently rolled over to grant every demand of then-President Obama, even ones he demanded after they had supposedly reached a deal just to avoid the perception of having caused a shutdown.

Fortunately for Americans, gifted as he is with the outsized personality of a brash New Yorker, a penchant for tapping into the concerns of blue-collar voters, and a gift for summing up situations by bestowing clever nicknames upon his opponents, President Trump suffers none of the fear which grips establishment Republicans and has easily shifted blame for this government shutdown on Senate Democrats. President Trump summoned members from both parties to the White House for a closed-door conference to begin negotiations on resolving the DACA issue as a prelude to smoothing passage of the current Continuing Resolution bill. Knowing full well President Trump’s position on immigration and DACA in particular, Democrats led by Illinois Senator “Dribbling” Dick Durbin and Maryland Representative Steny Hoyer floated the idea of merely adjusting the numbers on the visa lottery system in an attempt to keep it alive despite Trump’s stated intention of killing the program. This exchange led to President Trump asking why we need more Haitians, which Durbin leaked to the media as Trump asking “why do we need more immigrants from these shithole countries,’ and leading Trump to refer to Durbin as Senator “Dicky” Durbin for leaking details of the meeting to the press.

Durbin has a history of falsifying meeting details such as the time back in 2013 when he made up a story about a White House meeting in which he accused a GOP leader of telling then-President Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you.” The meeting never happened and even the White House denied the exchange ever took place. It is far more conceivable that Durbin is also lying about President Trump’s supposed statement and deserving of the mistrust he has earned from President Trump for rushing out to leak details of the private meeting to the press along with the devastating nickname “Dicky” which Trump has bestowed upon him. Personally, I prefer the moniker “Dribbling” Dick Durbin as being far more appropriate and descriptive since Durbin can’t keep his mouth shut and only lies seem to come out of it.

The DACA talks didn’t blow up because President Trump allegedly referred to poor nations as “shithole countries” despite “Dribbling” Dick Durbin’s lie to the contrary. The talks blew up because Democrats refused to concede that President Trump wishes to end the egregious immigration abuses Democrats have put in place to usher in millions of new Democrat voters in their attempt to dilute and marginalize the votes of Americans who refuse to support their radical regressive agenda of open borders and world government. Their offer of merely adjusting visa lottery numbers demonstrated their intention to fight to preserve this egregious immigration abuse along with chain migration while attempting to provide amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants their schemes have already managed to smuggle into America under the auspices of programs such as DACA. It was the refusal of Democrats to recognize reality and negotiate in good faith which blew up the talks and led to an intractable impasse.

The days of Democrats employing teary-eyed emotional appeals to force unwanted unlimited immigration upon Americans are over as too are the days of having a weak-kneed president who will fall for such dramatic appeals. President Trump campaigned on significantly curtailing immigration by ending chain migration and the visa lottery system, enforcing the laws against illegal immigration and the hiring of illegal immigrants, deporting illegal immigrants who commit crimes after serving their sentences, and building a border wall to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing at will. Blue-collar Americans who have watched their manufacturing jobs move overseas and then watched Democrats allow illegal immigration to force down the wages offered on the fewer employment opportunities remaining have no sympathy for Democrats wishing to continue selling them out for the sake of votes. Their champion is President Trump who hears their voices as they cry out in the wilderness ignored by Democrats who once championed their cause only to become beholden to a more radical and wealthy set fashionably residing on the coasts. Even more shocking to Blue-collar Americans are the establishment of sanctuary cities and states by Democrat officials to prevent the deportation of these illegal immigrants as a direct insult to them and a middle finger in the face of federal law.

President Trump has successfully branded this government closure as the “Schumer Shutdown” as evidenced by such liberal media stalwarts as the New York Times and Bloomberg referring to it in their headlines as a Democrat shutdown. It’s time for the reality that President Trump has succeeded in rolling back most of the radically regressive Obama administration agenda of the past eight years in his first year to set in with Democrats, many of whom are facing reelection this year in areas carried by Candidate Trump and where his support remains strong. Even after the White House talks were scuttled by Democrats insisting on preserving some form of their immigration apparatus, Republicans offered sweeteners such as a long-term extension to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and delay of some unpopular healthcare taxes which Democrats promptly rejected in their quest to force resolution of the DACA issue. Rejection of these sweeteners also contributed to shifting the blame for the government shutdown onto obstructionist Democrats.

Democrats are angling for amnesty as the ultimate resolution to the DACA issue while falsely claiming there are only some 800,000 immigrants which fall under the DACA program. In reality there are some 3.6 million DACA immigrants, and amnesty for this group would allow them to begin bringing in millions of their relatives under the chain migration laws if Democrats are somehow successful in preserving them from repeal. President Trump is absolutely correct in wanting to end the egregious abuses of the chain migration program as he attempts to transform America’s immigration system from one of family attachment to a merit-based system whereby those wishing to enter America demonstrate their ability to contribute to our nation and assimilate under our laws.

Meanwhile, there are a great many hardworking Americans, including members of the military, who are being forced to suffer under the Schumer Shutdown because Democrats insist on forcing unwanted immigration of undeserving persons merely wishing to escape their undesirable locations upon Americans not wishing to have them import their miseries into our country. Americans have awakened to the media lies attempting to smear President Trump’s tax reform act as employers have been handing out bonus checks and raises directly tied to its passage, while consumer confidence is increasing and employment is on the upswing. Coupled with the financial setback to many Americans brought on by the Schumer Shutdown, Democrats running for reelection are going to have a tough time explaining to irate voters why they unanimously voted against the Trump tax cuts, why the economy took off with their passage despite Democrat predictions of doom and gloom which never materialized, and why they then forced the Schumer Shutdown with their refusal as obstructionists to negotiate in good faith.

President Trump has correctly labeled Democrats as the party of obstruction and voters will well remember this come November. Democrats are obstructing President Trump’s agenda to Make America Great Again even as he succeeds in its implementation and positive results begin flowing to the American people from its adoption. This Democrat obstructionism in the face of renewed economic prosperity will not bode well for their electoral chances this fall, but it is reliably demonstrating to Americans that Democrats do not have the best interests of the American people in mind which may prove to hasten their demise as a viable party and end their adherence to the destruction of their radical regressive agenda. This is the only silver lining to be found in the Schumer Shutdown.

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1 Response to Schumer Shutdown

  1. docfnc says:



    by John Binder 5 Sep 2017 3593 5 Sep, 2017 5 Sep, 2017

    As Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), from which more than 800,000 un-vetted young illegal aliens have been given protected status and work permits, the number of them who are convicted criminals, gang members, or suspects in crimes remains staggering.

    Below, Breitbart News has compiled a list of 50 of the 2,139 DACA recipients, deemed “DREAMers” by the open borders lobby, who have had their temporary protected status revoked due to crimes including: “A felony criminal conviction; a significant misdemeanor conviction; multiple misdemeanor convictions; gang affiliation; or arrest of any crime in which there is deemed to be a public safety concern,” according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency.

    The majority of crimes by DACA recipients include: “Alien smuggling, assaultive offenses, domestic violence, drug offenses, DUI, larceny and thefts, criminal trespass and burglary, sexual offenses with minors, other sex offenses and weapons offenses,” USCIS has stated.

    DREAMer Who Killed Two Girls in Hit-and-Run Won’t Be Deported

    Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, an illegal alien protected by DACA, was convicted in 2014 of two counts of felony hit and run after she killed two Forest Grove, Oregon, stepsisters — Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and Abigail Robinson ages 6 and 11 respectively — who were playing at the time of the incident, as Breitbart News reported.

    A judge also threw out Garcia-Cisneros’ deportation case after her murder conviction.

    Illegal Arrested for Child Sex-Abuse Was Protected By Obama’s Migrant Amnesty

    Breitbart News reported in January 2016:

    The illegal immigrant who was arrested this week in Arizona for a sex crime against a three-year old girl, was being shielded from repatriation by President Barack Obama’s 2012 ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’ program, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    The little girl was found Monday, while duct-taped, inside a trash bag, and covered in feces in a closet in an apartment occupied by Francisco Rios-Covarrubias. He was charged with kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor, felony child abuse, and sex trafficking. The child’s mother was also arrested.

    DREAMer Murdered American Teen in Sanctuary City

    Laura Wilkerson explained what occurred to her son, Josh, at the hands of an illegal alien protected by DACA in 2013, Breitbart News reported:

    We found out later that what he [Hermilio Moralez] did was he asked Josh for a ride home from school and Josh said, ‘sure,’” Wilkerson said. “I think he’d given him a ride home two or three times before. He took him actually to his parents’ house. For some reason, we found out later why, what he did to Josh was he hit him in the nose, and this is what the kid tells from the stand, he hit him in the nose so hard that it would blind him so that he couldn’t fight back. Then he kicked him so hard in the stomach. Josh was about this big around and he weighed about 100 pounds in the body bag. He kicked him so hard in the stomach that his liver sliced in two and his spine sliced in two. He ruptured his spleen. He took a closet rod and beat Josh over the head so hard with it that it broke in four pieces. He strangled him, then let him go. Strangled him, let him go. Per the medical examiner, it was just torturous. After he murdered him, as he said, when Josh quit having bloody bubbles come out of his nose, he knew he was gone, he tied him up like an animal with about 13 ropes from his the back of his neck to the back of his hands, to the back of his feet. He covered his head with his school shirt. Then he put him in the back of my son’s truck and he drove around and he took two dollars out of Josh’s wallet and he stopped and bought gas. Then he took him to a field and he took his wallet and school ID out and just placed it by the body. Then he doused him with gas and set him on fire. It was just incredible.

    DREAMer Accused of Raping Woman in Sanctuary City

    Salvador Diaz-Garcia, 23, is facing second-degree assault and rape charges for an alleged brutal attack on a 19-year-old woman in Burien, Washington, Breitbart Texas reported.

    According to court documents, the woman was on a treadmill at her local gym when Garcia allegedly stood behind her and asked her questions. The woman said she asked Garcia to move. Garcia allegedly attacked the woman, breaking her jaw and nose, and ripping half of her ear off.

    Father of Murdered Florida Mother Reveals Suspected Killer Was DACA Recipient

    Curt is the father of Kelsey Engelsen, the 24-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered outside a bar by alleged DACA recipient and convicted felon Carlos Ruben Rodriguez, 24-years-old, as Breitbart News reported.

    As previously reported by FOX 4 Now, Rodriguez has been charged with second-degree murder following the incident in which he and another man were allegedly in a fight. Witnesses say that’s when Rodriguez began allegedly shooting, killing Engelsen, and wounding another woman, Cassandra Santos.

    Three DREAMers Arrested in Nationwide Gang Crackdown

    Three illegal alien gang members arrested in an ICE operation back in May had protected status under the Obama-era DACA program. Since DACA’s inception, more than 1,500 illegal immigrants saw their protected status revoked after they were found to be involved with a gang or committed a crime, Breitbart Texas reported.

    DREAMer Allegedly Helped Drag Queen Smuggle Illegal Aliens in Texas

    Juan Valdez Molina, an illegal alien protected by DACA, was accused by Texas authorities of helping a drag queen smuggle illegal aliens across the U.S.-Mexico Border, Breitbart Texas reported. For his alleged part in the human smuggling conspiracy, Valdez was expected to be paid $1,000.

    23 Amnesty Recipients Arrested In Nationwide Crime Sweep

    Breitbart News reported in March 2015:

    Of 2,059 criminal immigrants arrested in a recent nationwide sweep, 23 were beneficiaries of President Obama’s 2012 amnesty, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to DHS.

    The nearly two dozen illegal immigrants had been shielded from deportation by DACA, and while all 23 had been part of the program eight failed to get their status renewed, meaning that 15 of the arrested criminal aliens were current DACA recipients, the Washington Times reported Thursday.

    15 DREAMers Arrested for ‘Dangerous’ Crimes

    According to an Associated Press report, “federal agents in a sweep targeting the most dangerous criminal immigrants arrested 15 people” who received temporary amnesty, Breitbart News reported in 2015.

    A U.S. official who was briefed on the arrests told the Associated Press that 14 “of the 15 had been convicted of a crime.”

    DREAMer Faces Deportation after Drug Allegations

    Juan Manuel Martinez, 19, will soon become one of a few DACA recipients who will be deported back to his native country after run-ins with the law, Breitbart Texas reported in May.

    Earlier this year, Martinez was arrested for drug possession after Monterey County sheriff’s deputies found meth and marijuana in his vehicle. Martinez was also charged with trespassing, which he later pleaded no contest to.

    DREAMer Arrested in Sexual Predator Sting near Texas Border

    Hernandez-Rodas, an illegal alien protected by DACA, was charged with child sex crimes after he allegedly lured a 14-year-old girl, who ended up being a federal agent, into a hotel room for sex, Breitbart Texas reported.

    DREAMer Deported to Mexico After Embezzlement Charges

    Gus Zamudio, 18, returned to Mexico City nearly a month before he was expected to graduate from art school, Breitbart Texas reported in May.

    Zamudio allegedly embezzled approximately $3,000 from Harris Teeter, the grocery store he was working for in February, according to police. Zamudio’s attorney pleaded down the felony charges, but the illegal immigrant remained in law enforcement custody.

    John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.


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