On Friday, President Donald Trump signed the Omnibus bill, effectively funding Planned Parenthood, Sanctuary Cities, Chuck Schumer’s insanely expensive pet-project and a myriad of other things.
However, there is one outlying thing that was in that bill that is what Trump wants and that’s military funding. Such a thing is always welcomed, but did Trump give up too much in exchange for this?
Just as a reminder, here are just some of the things that this steaming-pile-of-turd-lawmakers-are-calling-a-bill effectively does:
Of course, there’s more to it than just what I’ve mentioned. The bill is over 2000 pages long and there’s a whole lot to cover, so I can’t get to absolutely everything, but these are some of the more important parts.
Now, almost every single one of these things in this omnibus bill go against the very idea of Making America Great Again.
Funding Planned Parenthood is horrendous. It’s horrible that we continue to provide funding for an organization that commits one of the most horrendous atrocities in human history on a daily basis.
We are also providing funding for Sanctuary cities, which goes against the biggest reason people voted for Trump: illegal immigration.
The funding of sanctuary cities places illegals ahead of Americans, which is the polar opposite of what Trump ran on, so it’s understandable if Trump supporters are ticked off at him over this.
Chuck Schumer’s pet project, the Gateway Bridge, is not something that should cost a tenth of what we’ll be giving the military.
“Fixing” the FBI’s background check system only works if every state gives the correct information about registered owners to the FBI. Some recent shootings occurred partly because the FBI did not get the correct information, or any at all, about the specific shooter. As with abortion, some states don’t give necessary information to federal authorities.
Ensuring that we “secure U.S. elections from Russia” stems strictly on the idiotic and false belief that Trump colluded with Russia to beat Hillary. Would that statute have even gotten into the bill if Hillary had won? Yes, it’s part of national security, but it’s borne of malicious intent and a ridiculous notion that Trump had to cheat to win.
33 miles of secondary fencing isn’t nearly enough for the 700 mile border across the south, but this is honestly more than we have gotten from Democrats when it comes to border security to this point. While this isn’t even close to being the wall we were promised, we have to realize that not a single Democrat and Establishment Republican wants a wall. THEY are the ones standing in the way of the MAGA agenda.
Finally, $300 billion for military spending, which is great, but did we give up far too much just for that? Well, let’s not belittle how important funding our military truly is. If you saw the press conference when Trump announced he’d sign the bill, you’ll know that he made this whole thing about military spending and the importance of it.
If you saw the press conference, you saw that he mentioned that for the past few years (all thanks to Obama), we have had serious cuts to our military and defense. He mentioned that his job is to “keep America safe… nothing more important.”
He mentioned that, as a matter of national security, he signed the omnibus bill and immediately followed by saying: “there are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill,” but that if we wanted to rebuild our military, we were forced to have.
He then said: “I will never sign another bill like this again.”
Now, here’s the mindset I think Trump had: he felt he had no other choice, if he wanted to make our military stronger, than to sign this bill that he knows is terrible.
That, in essence, he was backed into a corner and had no other option than to sign this bill. Now, I know that he had the power to veto and, in my opinion, that’s likely what he should’ve done. Veto the bill, send it back to Congress to override it but put the entire blame on them for this.
But maybe he felt that this was going to be the best deal he would get to benefit our military. I don’t know. But something in his gut told him that he should sign this bill.
One thing that I’m clinging to to be true is this argument I’ve seen countless times on social media. Here’re the most important parts: “The Omnibus… [is] not an official ‘Federal Budget’… Congress basically screwed themselves by not passing a Budget… Per the Constitution… the President must adhere to a Budget set forth by Congress and direct the expenditures as provided therein. This is another one of those big Porkulus Bills, like they gave Obama for 8 years… An Omnibus Spending Bill may have some ‘instructions’ as to how the money will be spent… Obama ignored them. He spent the money, or didn’t spend it, however he wanted to… like Obama, Pres Trump can spend this money on whatever he wants to. Or… not spend it. Planned Parenthood? What if our President decided to tell the Treas. Department to ‘slow-walk’ that money to Planned Parenthood… until the Senate gets off their ass and confirms his appointees? Sanctuary Cities? What if our President decided to ‘slow-walk’ that money too… until those Sanctuary Cities assist ICE in rounding up criminal illegal aliens?...”
And so on. Now, I don’t know if that’s all true. These are the words of someone on the internet and a lot of people are sharing this, but that doesn’t make it true. However, I do know that the President does have spending power (as evidenced by 8 years of Obama). If the comment above is correct, he could well use this to his advantage.
I believe him when he said that there are a lot of things in the bill that he’s unhappy about. I’m not about to throw him under the bus just because he signed what he felt was the best deal he would get out of the snakes that call themselves Republicans.
The military had to be funded and I doubt he wanted to risk losing that in exchange for nothing. I’m not about to simply give up on him and give up this country to the rotten Washington Establishment that put him between a rock and a hard place. This was a bill that was horrible for Americans, and we all knew that, including the Republican Establishment, who were all too happy to deliver this Christmas gift to the Democrats.
Trust me, I don’t like this bill any more than you or Trump does. I don’t know if this will come back to bite the Establishment in the butt as the aforementioned comment suggests and I don’t know if military funding will outweigh everything else that the Democrats and the Swamp get here. But what I do know is that, under the right Congress, we will never have to be in such a dark place again.
We have invested far too much in Trump and the Make America Great Again movement for this one thing to keep us from continuing our support for one of the greatest Presidents we’ve seen in a long time. I don’t know if signing this bill was a mistake. I think it was, but even then, I’m not willing to throw Trump under the bus for this. He did what he felt he had to do and I hope he prayed to God for guidance here.
And I hope he prays for continued guidance as we move along. If he indeed does have the power that the aforementioned comment says he does, then this has at least some potential to be a blessing in disguise. I hate the idea of funding the baby killers. I hate the idea of funding the Sanctuary Cities and I hate the fact that this is one of the most expensive bills we’ve seen in recent time.
But there’s a reason for everything. Personally, I’ve seen more Trump supporters who will still back him despite this, understanding that he didn’t want to sign this bill and that the Establishment essentially has forced him to do it than I’ve seen Trump supporters be incessantly angry with him over this, thinking this is the beginning of the end of the Trump administration.
Whether this will mark the beginning of the end of Trump will remain to be seen. But either way, we should have faith in God that there’s something great waiting for us. We should pray that this isn’t the end of Trump’s administration, but have faith that there will never be an end of GOD’s administration.
The Swamp may have gotten what they wanted with this, but I refuse to lay down and surrender to them. Trump’s very election indicates that the Establishment can be defeated (since he beat Hillary who cheated in the election and still lost). What we need to ensure is that no Establishment Republican ever wins anything of significance again. I single out Republicans because there will always be Democrats in Congress. California alone guarantees that.
What I’m trying to say is that, while the Swamp may have won the battle, they haven’t won the war.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
For the next few of paragraphs, I’ll likely be venting some frustration that comes with this bit of news, so please excuse me if I ramble a tad. I’ll still try to stay focused on the overall message, but I’ll likely rant a bit as well.
First, I just want to say that it’s days like these that I truly HATE the Republican Party. But I should probably clarify what I mean by that. It’s not the Party itself that I hate, despite what the previous sentence says. It’s the so-called “leadership” that is at the helm of it. Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsay Graham, Loser Mitt Romney, Future ex-Senator Jeff Snowflake.
These are merely some of the people that constantly get in the way of the MAGA movement. These are some of the people that are Democrats in disguise. Not a single one of them is a conservative. There’s nothing for which I could possibly defend any single one of them. I would say that I’m thankful for McCain’s service as a member of the military, but his actions as a Senator, particularly as of late, have branded him a traitor to the United States of America in my eyes.
He may be considered a military hero, but in reality he’s nothing more than a socialist in disguise. Either that or he’s simply a gutless fool. He’s shown to be either a massive coward as a Senator or a massive and willing traitor to every-day Americans.
But stepping a bit backwards and looking at his RINO comrades, this omnibus deal just proves that Democrats are still in control. As of the time of writing this article, the bill hasn’t yet passed the Senate, but we all know that it will. This is a deal that heavily favors Democrats.
Just to name a few things in this over 2000 page bill (which was given less than 36 hours to be voted on in the Senate), this bill includes funding for Planned Parenthood, funding for Sanctuary Cities, funding for the New York Gateway Bridge project (which is mostly a matter of how much money this project is getting. By the way, it’s $30 BILLION!), and this entire bill will drive the deficit up by $1 TRILLION IN THE NEXT YEAR ALONE! It will include stricter background checks for gun purchases with the “Fix NICS” (the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System) bill without a gun-friendly state reciprocity bill attached to it, no bailout for Obamacare and dumping $687 million on securing U.S. elections against Russians.
But you have to think: “There’s no way that Democrats would get so much without Republicans getting something in return!” Oh, they get something, alright. They get a whole 33 miles of fencing along the 700 mile southern border! Whoopee! This new, fancy fence will likely stop one small child from illegally entering the country! And at the low, low cost of $641 million! Notice how we get less money to secure the border (and this money doesn’t cover hiring more patrol agents) than we get to further “secure U.S. elections against Russians”.
Aside from that pathetic excuse for border security, we also get $300 billion to increase domestic and military spending, with an additional $90 billion in disaster aid for states affected by last year’s hurricanes and $140 billion for emergency military funds. Now, that’s not too bad, it is an increase in our military and defense spending, but we give up far too much to make this worthwhile.
The only other thing that we “get” is no actual resolution on DACA, but that will likely be put in a bill in the future that may be like this one. It seems the Democrats have figured out a way to get their way in a Trump administration: omnibus bills that has them surrendering little while gaining a lot.
And the Republicans, at least the RINOs, are more than ok with all of this, considering that it’s already passed the House and will most certainly pass the Senate. This is a horrible deal in almost every way that you look at it.
Economically? This is a bill that will drive us over a trillion dollars further into debt in the next year alone.
Morally? The very continued funding of the world’s largest child-killing organization tugs at the heart strings of every morally-conscious American.
Security? Sure, we get more money for the military, which we really need, but we get peanuts in terms of securing our border.
Illegal immigration from the southern border will almost entirely cease with a cement wall. A fence does next to nothing in the way of keeping illegals out of the country. And we don’t get provisions to hire more border agents.
As Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said: “We got about 80% of what we were trying to get…”
Now, tell me. How could it possibly be that Democrats get 80% of what they want in a House of Representatives ruled by Republicans, a Senate ruled by Republicans, if even slightly, and a White House led by a Republican?
THAT SHOULD NEVER BE THE CASE EVER!
And what was the excuse we would constantly get from Republicans? “We don’t have the House!” And so, we gave them the House. “We don’t have the Senate!” And so, we gave them the Senate. “We don’t have the White House!” And so, we gave them the White House. What’s their new excuse? “We don’t have 60 votes!”
60 VOTES ARE ENTIRELY IRRELEVANT IN THIS CASE! The Constitution mentions a 60-vote supermajority. But that supermajority is only necessary in specific cases, such as ratification of treaties, conviction of a President in an impeachment trial, overriding presidential vetoes, approving constitutional amendments, and barring a disabled President from regaining power if the President objects to staying on the sidelines.
Nowhere does it mention that a ruling party has to have 60 votes to do smaller things. If it did, less than nothing would ever get done in Congress and there’d be no point in even having a Congress.
Republicans only need a majority, which they have, in order to pass things. The problem is that they seldom often USE IT! They used it for the tax cuts, and that was great. In fact, because it was so great and it yielded great results, the GOP should see that what they want can easily pass Congress if they stop betraying each other.
Of course, that’s not going to happen. These RINOs are evil, not stupid. They understand perfectly that, with the power they have, they are able to pass everything Republicans have been wanting for decades. They could fully repeal Obamacare and watch as Democrats cry in the corner. They could defund Planned Parenthood and save millions upon millions of babies. They could alleviate much of the nonsensical gun control legislation already in place and make people safer. They could fully fund Trump’s wall by just cutting funding to Sanctuary Cities alone.
They could fully fund Trump’s wall and make it 100 feet high with Star Wars drones guarding it by just defunding Planned Parenthood (I exaggerate, of course).
They have the power to pass every little thing they were initially SENT THERE TO DO! But frankly, we’re merely lucky tax cuts passed. Who knows when will be the next time that every single Republican in Congress will agree on something.
The GOP Establishment has turned heel (wrestling term meaning betrayal). They are backstabbing the American people with the passage of this bill. And I even question whether Trump will even veto it (I know that Budget Director Mick Mulvaney has said Trump will sign it, but I’m still not 100% convinced unless he actually does it). He likes the fact that we get more military spending, but he should be smart enough to realize a bad deal when he sees one. HE WROTE A WHOLE BOOK AROUND THAT TOPIC!
He should see just how disgustingly bad this bill is. He should see just how spineless the GOP is in passing things that Democrats want.
I hope he vetoes this horrendous bill. The very passage of this bill already helps Republicans lose seats in Congress, and I believe that’s precisely what they want. They don’t want Trump as President any more than Democrats do, but they couldn’t possibly write up articles of impeachment based on nothing. That’s a job they want to leave to their Democrat buddies.
They understand that if they were to impeach a Republican President, they’d leave next to no reason for people to vote Republican ever again. They want to win, but not with people like Trump.
And Trump should have realized this for a long time now. He has no friends within the Establishment, only enemies. RINOs will never fully support him and his agenda. They despise him and his efforts. This bill should offer enough proof of that statement’s validity.
It’s clear to me that the very people we voted for to represent us have betrayed us. This is not a sudden realization. I’ve known this for some time. But it’s days like these that remind me of that sort of betrayal. We didn’t vote for Republicans so that they would PASS 80% OF THE THINGS DEMOCRATS WANT!
We voted for them to do THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THAT!
Now, I’ve come to an actually recent realization. There’s no sense in badmouthing the Party itself. There’s no sense in not calling myself a Republican. Why? Because it’s not the Party that has betrayed us, it’s the leadership. The Party is nothing more than a name and a cause, founded by Abraham Lincoln. We represent our Republic. We fight for it. The Party is worth defending. Its leadership is not.
So rather than attack the Party itself, I’ll simply attack the ones in power. The very people I’ve named above and those who stand by them. They are our enemies as well. It’s not just the Democrat Party that is our enemy. It’s the leadership in the GOP as well.
We need to drain the swamp completely. Not a shred of it can be allowed to remain. We must never vote for another establishment candidate again. That’s not to say that we should allow Democrats to win, either.
We should stick to voting for our beliefs, not our parties. If a Republican candidate like Romney comes along, we should not vote for them. Back in 2012, I was angry with the roughly 3 million Republicans (I think that was the number) that didn’t vote for him. Today, I’m so glad they didn’t elect Romney, because despite the fact that it meant 4 more years of Obama, it also meant 4 to 8 years of Trump.
That whole ordeal taught me something: to be patient for God. He was not surprised Romney lost. He was not surprised that Obama won. But He didn’t relinquish any of His power when Obama won. Obama was allowed to do only what God allowed him to do. And God didn’t allow Hillary to continue doing what Obama was doing.
What I’m trying to say, politically, is that we should refrain from strictly voting for someone just because of their Party affiliation. Now, saying that, I also have to emphasize the importance of keeping a Republican majority in Congress. I know that this sounds contradictory to my overall message, but here’s my reasoning: I’d rather be insanely angry with the Republican hacks that are betraying us if it means that Trump doesn’t get impeached.
The GOP will never impeach their own Republican President just because they don’t like him. They need a legitimate reason. The Democrats don’t. They’ll write articles of impeachment the day they get back to work in Congress if they get the majority.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that we should try to do both things here. We should vote for someone who aligns with our beliefs while also trying to keep Democrats and RINOs at bay. This may seem like an unsurmountable task. It’s rather complicated and difficult to pull off. You need the right candidate in the right area to do that. I doubt California will be the place where a true conservative candidate would flourish. But even if one doesn’t, we shouldn’t despair if a RINO or a Democrat wins.
We have seen what God can do for us in our lives. He let Obama win twice so that we would have Trump, possibly for 8 years. But even if we don’t get Trump for 8 years, or even if we don’t get him for 4 and he’s impeached, we still shouldn’t despair.
And even if the Democrats get absolutely everything: White House, Congress and Supreme Court, we still shouldn’t despair. And even if the Democrats turn the U.S. into Soviet Russia, ruling in full-on communism, we still shouldn’t despair.
Why? Because no power on Earth is strong enough to hold a candle to God.
The whole world may turn to Globalism (global communism), but there’s not a reason on Earth that Christ’s followers should despair. This is the mortal world, after all. It’s merely temporary. The world, under Globalism, would be dark for sure. But it would still God’s to control. And God’s to decide when enough is enough.
I don’t know when that will all happen. I would hope not within our lifetime, or our children’s lifetimes. But regardless on when it happens (if at all), we should not feel despair. We should not feel hopeless. We should trust in God’s plan and His will. He knows when and how everything will end. He knows that His children will be spared from the lake of fire and sulfur. He knows that when His children suffer on Earth, He will restore and appease them in Heaven.
Now, I’m not saying all of this to frighten you. On the contrary, this should make you feel hopeful for the future. Maybe not for the future of the country or for the world, but future for yourself and your fellow Christians. There’s not a single thing that the Devil can do to harm you on Earth or in Heaven if you keep your faith and trust in Christ.
You may see and feel struggles in the horizon. You may feel saddened if Democrats win and impeach Trump. But you should remember that it’s not them who have the final say. The one who has the final say is the one who had the initial say.
This article is running a little long. Currently well over 2000 words. So I’ll simply end with this: there’s a reason for everything, even for darkness. For in the darkness is where we can find the Light most easily.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
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