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Assault on America, Day 16: Snobby Pelosi SOTU stunt to backfire on grandstanding Dems

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi hoped to score political points this week by suggesting President Donald Trump not deliver the State of the Union address (slated for Tuesday, January 29) as scheduled.

The “new” Democrat House leader argued, because of the ongoing government shutdown -- and potential security concerns that supposedly go along with it -- Trump should postpone the yearly extravaganza of the who’s who of American politics. Or, in the alternative, submit his recommendations (per the Constitution) in writing, as was the standard operating procedure of every chief executive prior to the presidency of Woodrow Wilson a hundred years ago.

Bridget Johnson reported at PJ Media, “The speaker traditionally invites the president to come make the annual address before a joint session each January, starting with a year after inauguration.

“Pelosi invited Trump to address lawmakers on Jan. 3, the first day of the 116th Congress, with the State of the Union date set on Jan. 29. With no end in sight to the shutdown that began at midnight Dec. 22 over an impasse on border wall funding, Pelosi sent a letter to Trump … noting that ‘during the 19th Century and up until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, these annual State of the Union messages were delivered to Congress in writing,’ and ‘since the start of modern budgeting in Fiscal Year 1977, a State of the Union address has never been delivered during a government shutdown.’”

Okay, so what? It’s not like there’s a government shutdown every year, though it seems like the impasses are a lot more frequent now the Democrat Party’s been completely overtaken by rabid leftists who assume because they prevailed in one of 435 congressional districts that they’re entitled to dictate policy to everyone from sea to shining sea.

And it’s not just Bronx airhead Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her neophyte socialist ilk with this mindset either -- it’s every Democrat who follows Pelosi’s and (Senate Minority Leader) creepy “Chucky” Schumer’s lead in bashing Trump and the vital concept of secured borders. Though polls show a bare majority of Americans oppose building a border wall, a strong majority of citizens also believe illegal immigration is wrong and needs to be reckoned with.

The survey numbers would certainly be higher if people were getting a representative snapshot of the real-life border situation from the media, but that’s another story. For months (years, decades?) Americans were fed a steady pictorial diet of crying children being ripped from the arms of their mothers, worried honor student DREAMERS wary of deportation, hard-working immigrants dwelling in the shadows fearing an ICE raid and politicians visiting with asylum seekers, highlighting one or two legitimate heartbreaking stories of migrants fleeing oppression.

Fair enough. If you have a large sample size you can spin just about anything and make it sound digestible to the hungry, gullible and uninformed. Try hard enough and you can even find some “expert” (to interview for a news blurb) who thinks the mounting piles of feces in San Francisco are good for the environment because a poop heap spares government engineers from needing to build more costly and unsightly sewage treatment facilities.

An acquaintance once told me he doesn’t watch TV news because the producers slant the content in favor of whatever point-of-view they harbor. Watch the establishment media for a period of weeks… and you’ll see what he meant.

At the same time, did Pelosi actually do Trump a favor here? Thanks to her, the president was handed a tremendous platform to deliver his annual summation of accomplishments and policy proposals. Whereas an embittered and utterly jaded (in the political sense) nation probably wouldn’t view this year’s official chief executive visit to Capitol Hill with any more interest and enthusiasm than they usually do (despite the government shutdown), now Trump can rest assured everyone will tune-in to see what happens when he enters the chamber and looks to his left… will there be a token opposition hand or two to shake vigorously?

Or should we say if he enters the chamber at all. Pelosi’s selfish grandstanding stunt motivated members of the pundit class to offer up a virtual smorgasbord of substitute sites (to deliver the SOTU) ranging from the Oval Office to the White House East Room to a 50,000 seat football stadium to appearing in the heart of enemy territory such as San Fran Nan’s city by the bay or Obama’s bullet hole riddled Chicago.

Trump can put his considerable public relations, entertainment and persuasive powers to work by choosing an impeccable backdrop to speak plainly with the citizenry. Seeing as it’s the “official” SOTU address the networks will have to cover it, too. One enterprising caller on a local radio show even offered up the U.S./Mexico border as the perfect setting for a whopper of a hard-hitting lecture.

Or if the speech goes forward as planned in the House chamber and Democrats boycott in large numbers Trump won’t bat an eyelash -- it’ll make the thunderous applause from the Republican side seem all the more impressive.

By making a big stink over nothing (the Secretary of Homeland Security said security for the event would go on as usual) Pelosi proved once again she possesses a unique talent for grossly underestimating the outsider president as well as a horrid misunderstanding of the average American citizen. From the dyed-in-the-wool Trump buffs to those who just hope Republicans and Democrats will eventually get along, everyone wants to see the political class come to terms and resolve the current stalemate -- as long as it includes a permanent barrier.

Needless to say, a good many conservatives also hope the shutdown results in a complete rethinking of the size, scope and necessity of the federal government. That would be truly the best resolution for the benefit of all. Roger L. Simon wrote at PJ Media, “[T]he shutdown should be about much more than the wall and border security. 

“Serious as they may be, they are what the shrinks call the ‘presenting complaint.’ The real issue is the function of government itself -- what's important and what's not. A shutdown can serve as a living laboratory for examining the question of what is actually worthwhile that is missing because of that event.  I daresay that most outside the Beltway would be hard pressed to find anything. (A fair number of these people can get around the National Parks by themselves, especially in the days of GPS.)

“…  What has been created by our government over decades is a self-preservation machine immune to the normal capitalist processes of creative destruction that have largely improved society over centuries, enriching almost everyone and extending life expectancy.”

Too true. The involuntary work stoppage is the topic du jour in the DC region but everywhere else it’s only something people on TV seem to care about. Folks are too busy to notice the malaise in the far-off national capital swamp and it’s much easier to get into local sports teams’ fortunes and kids’ activities than to expend mental energy on the gamesmanship in Washington.

Americans don’t pay much mind to the government shutdown but they do see the ill effects of illegal immigration on a daily basis. They also notice the newly minted House speaker as petty and witchy. Which party is likely to get more credit for holding the line?

If you only saw the political elites you might think the State of our Union really isn’t strong. Under current leadership it’s okay to cancel national assemblies for pathetic personal vendettas and cheap political points, but the American people aren’t fools -- they want border security.

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