Michael Barone: A shutdown stalemate as Trump goes factual, Democrats illogical
"As American Enterprise institute’s Michael Rubin pointed out in 2017, Israel’s wall with the West Bank, Morocco’s wall with Algeria, India’s with Bangladesh, Hungary’s with Serbia and others have reduced illegal crossings to near zero. To the point that this year, Rubin reports France, Iraq, Lithuania, Estonia and Norway are putting up walls. “It is simply counterfactual to suggest that walls won’t work,” he writes, "willful subordination of facts to the politics of the day.”
And why are walls immoral? Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., recognizes the “Berlin Wall was to keep people in” argument, but insists a wall to keep people out is “medieval” and “a symbol of ‘us and not us.’” Well, yes—U.S. citizens and not U.S. citizens."
Pretty much every Democrat in Congress has homes with walls or fences around them, to keep any potential bad people out and the good people and pets out of danger.
I would have more sympathy for the Dems if their arguments were emotional but rational, but they are just bare emotion sans rationale. The Dems have become so far left they are now indistinguishable from the SJW lunatics who loudly gibber nonsense.
"Trump made the argument more gracefully, pointing out that wealthy politicians build walls, fences and gates around their property not “because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside.” A backyard fence is not prison wall.
In his speech, Trump was careful to stress that he was seeking better technology, more personal, humanitarian assistance, and asylum law changes, as well as “a physical barrier—at the request of Democrats it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall.”
In her response, Nancy Pelosi conceded that “we need to secure our borders,” and Chuck Schumer said, “Democrats and the president both want stronger border security.” You might see these words as pointing toward a deal. I don’t.
Pelosi and Schumer insisted, without citing evidence, that a wall is “ineffective” and “unnecessary.” Their party seems emotionally fixated on blocking a wall and impervious to argument, even as Trump, perhaps surprisingly, made a dignified and factual case that it’s needed to “protect our country.'"
The Democrats lost their mind when Hillary lost the election. They are now in the control of the far left progressives of the party, and it is abundantly clear those leaders will be steering the party far to the left of mainstream America. The last election was just the start. The next election we will see that Democrats who win primaries in elections outside of the Clinton Archiplego will be unable to win general elections because they are so far to the left of the average voter.
The results of this will be that within the Clinton Archipelago, the Democratic Party will move far to the left of the average American. Outside of the Clinton Archipelago Democrats will become unelectable since the candidates acceptable to the primary voter will not be acceptable to the unaligned voters who vote in general elections.
This will have the effect of moving the Senate towards the conservative side while moving the current Democratic seats in the House of Representatives towards the far left.
This happened before after Carter lost. That was a more muted event, and it is likely this event will be existential as it is likely to leave the Democrats a permanent minority rump party.
We need two parties each capable of moderating the other's worst tendencies. The Democratic Party is not able to perform this task any longer; it is unclear whether it will be able to self-correct or whether it will slowly collapse only to be replaced as the Whig party was during the 1850s.