You might be wondering what exactly it is that I mean by “less than nothing.” After all, you can’t have less than nothing. Zero is nothing and there’s nothing less than that… well, except negative numbers. And that’s precisely what the Democrat Party has earned with this shutdown.
After roughly 3 days, the Democrat Party caved in their efforts to force a DACA deal with no border wall. The Democrats and Mitch McConnell came to an agreement to sign basically the exact same bill that was up for debate before the shutdown began. And that’s where I say that Democrats gained nothing. But how did they gain less than nothing? Well, this shutdown has the potential to be a liability for Democrats in the mid-term elections.
Last week, I mentioned how all Republicans need to do to win in 2018 would be to bring up the booming economy and how the Democrats voted AGAINST it. Now, they have another arrow in their quiver: the Democrats’ horrible priorities.
During this shutdown, Democrats sided with illegals over American citizens who need the government to survive. Those who rely on welfare and social security checks were in danger of not getting the money they need to simply SURVIVE and those in the military, who are already paid dreadfully little, were in danger of not getting paid as well. That’s why Trump mentioned the military when talking about the shutdown.
The Democrats prioritized illegals over American citizens who need the government funded. I even personally tweeted at Sen. Chuck Schumer that this would guarantee Republicans win in 2018. While that may be a bit far-fetched since we’re roughly 10 months away from November, my message is clear: this shutdown will only serve to HURT Democrats in the future.
Like I said, this adds another arrow to the Republicans’ quiver. All they have to do is remind local voters that Democrats prioritized illegal immigrants over American citizens. That Democrats would rather fight for those who shouldn’t even be here over those who are in need of government assistance. If the Democrat Party wants to be the blue-collar party, this is a horrible way to achieve that.
It’s not just that people were affected by this shutdown for as long as it lasted (which wasn’t much). It’s also that Democrats can easily be called out as hypocrites over this.
While Obama was President and Republicans threatened shutdowns, the Democrats would always scream out that people would DIE if the government shuts down.
Back during the 2013 shutdown, Chuck Schumer said this to Jake Tapper: “It was not a hard line on the substantive issues. It was a hard line saying, unless I get my way I’m going to shut the government down, I’m going to risk default for the nation. Now anyone can do that… I believe in immigration reform. What if I persuaded my caucus to say I’m going to shut the government down, I’m going to not pay our bills unless I get my way? It’s a politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.”
Well, look who’s wearing the dunce hat now. By his own definition, what he was doing was simply idiotic, confrontational and paralyzing. But the funny thing is that the Left, rather poorly, tried to blame this shutdown on Trump by using the hashtag “#TrumpShutdown” on Twitter. While there are those who are of low information who believed it (I follow some of those people on Twitter and have a fun time engaging them on these things), most people were quick to see the b.s.
Even the New York Times wrote an article titled: “Senate Democrats Block Bill to Keep Government Open Past Midnight; Shutdown Looms.” Of course, I went to look in the Times’ website and couldn’t find it, but rather found another article published on the same day titled: “Government Shuts Down as Bill to Extend Funding is Blocked; Senate Adjourns for the Night.”
Granted, this was a story being updated, so it makes sense that they would change their headline from “shutdown looms” to “government shuts down.” But before the update, they actually managed to say something truthful: this shutdown was the sole fault of the Democrats.
This goes to show just how unorganized the Left was on this if even the MSM blamed the shutdown (temporarily) on Democrats.
And according to the Daily Wire: “The Democrats’ plan was, apparently, to force Republicans to extend benefits for DACA recipients as part of a long-term funding bill. But when President Trump refused the ‘compromise immigration plan’ drafted by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and his colleagues – largely over a provision that granted temporary amnesty to DACA parents – the plan seemed to break down. Even typically left-leaning media chastised the Democrats for their misstep, and suggested that only Democrats would suffer from negative public opinion surrounding the government shutdown.”
Thankfully, we now have a president that won’t simply cave to the Democrats and this eventually forced Schumer to cave, realizing that this was a mistake (not that he will ever admit that, but he’s gotta be thinking this shutdown served no good purpose for them).
So in reality, this shutdown and its resolution shows us three things about Democrats: 1) They will prioritize millions of people who shouldn’t even be here over American citizens 2) the Democrats are hilariously hypocritical and 3) the Democrats appear to be very weak at the moment.
Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was against Schumer on this, as were progressive activists.
When you gain absolutely nothing and stand to lose future elections due to your mistakes, you appear to be rather weak. Schumer and the Democrats caved. That’s a sentence I’m joyfully happy to write and incredulous over the fact that I’m actually writing it.
It’s clear that Democrats will prefer to fight for those who shouldn’t be here over those who are rightfully here. It’s clear that Democrats are hypocrites about everything they talk about (not something new, but important to point out nonetheless). And it’s clear that Democrats are rather weak at the moment. That was clear the day Hillary lost the election, but now, it’s also clear to those within the Democrat base as well.
This is a bad defeat for the Left and this could spell trouble for them in the coming elections should Republican candidates use this to their advantage.
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