Union By Subtraction

The Case for the Wall

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We all know that this was the biggie. This was PDT’s last great chance to make the case before the nation before an emergency must be declared on the southern border.

PDT took this time to remind Congress that in nine days, unless the government can come to an agreement on funding #TheWall, the government will once again shut down leaving hundreds of thousands of government workers without pay. Since his initial proposal for the wall, PDT has ceded to a see-through steel barrier instead of a concrete wall and has brought his funding request down from $7 billion to $5 billion. The wall in its entirety is expected to run about $25 billion.

It’s fair to say PDT has been willing to meet in the middle (and then some). Still, he finds himself imploring Nancy Pelosi and her far left party to be reasonable.

“Now is the time for Congress to show the world that America is committed to ending illegal immigration and putting the ruthless coyotes, cartels, drug dealers, and human traffickers out of business,” PDT said, once again invoking ideas that no one in their right mind would oppose.

He then noted that large caravans of immigrants were once again making their way for the U.S. and as such he has increased military presence at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I have ordered another 3,750 troops to our Southern Border to prepare for the tremendous onslaught. This is a moral issue. The lawless state of our Southern Border is a threat to the safety, security and financial well-being of all Americans. We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens. This includes our obligation to the millions of immigrants living here today, who followed the rules and respected our laws.” 

It doesn’t get anymore common sense than that. Perhaps that’s why roughly 3/4 of SOTU watchers polled agreed with the president’s immigration remarks and proposals.

He then spoke about the proposal he has sent to Congress and asked them to work with him to reach a compromise, saying, “My administration has sent to Congress a commonsense proposal to end the crisis on our Southern Border. It includes humanitarian assistance, more law enforcement, drug detection at our ports, closing loopholes that enable child smuggling, and plans for a new physical barrier, or wall, to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry.” He added, “This is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier – not just a simple concrete wall. It will be deployed in the areas identified by border agents as having the greatest need.”

He then ended with a weaponized sanity/unity theme combo by issuing the charge “let’s work together, compromise and reach a deal that will truly make America safe.” 

No person with a semblance of mental acuity could call this an “extreme” proposal. Yet that’s exactly what Dims and their partners in the Fake News media will do. The good news is, people generally catch on when they reach this hard.

Will it move the needle? I can’t say for sure, but I can say that one would be a fool to dismiss the possibility out of hand. Those polling numbers last night were scary stuff if you’re a Democrat who is actually worried about swaying pubic opinion rather than appeasing Twitter mobs. If PDT maintains a healthy majority of support for his compromise, Pelosi will finally have to decide once and for all whether the young socialist energy driving her party is worth throwing moderates overboard.

Hint: She knows it’s not. She’s just praying that the media helps her recapture the narrative so the pressure abates. I don’t really see that happening, though. It’s hard to see this toothpaste going back into the tube.

Outstanding job making the case, Mr. President. Unimpeachable facts, common sense logic, reasoned calls to work together. In other words, plenty of rope for Dims to hang themselves.

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