Experts: Seraphim Hanisch
Something funny happened on the way to the US Congressional midterms. The emergence of the debate on actual policy appears to be taking center stage as the elections approach.
That debate comes down, really to just one main question:
Do you, the American voter, believe your nation has a right to its own sovereignty?
In other words, is it right to close the border, particularly our nation's southern border, to build and maintain the border wall and to stop illegal immigration into the United States?
According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, this is the issueof the 2018 Congressional midterm elections. And in fact, the person who made the issue stand front and center is none other than Democrat Minority House Leader, Nancy Pelosi.
Newt's whole video is worth watching, though here we started it at the moment of truth, so to speak, regarding Rep. Pelosi's comments. Those comments were oddly enough not quoted, but the Hill.com and other internet news agencies in Harvard University's own recounting of the speaking event did report it:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday said President Trump's desire for a wall along the U.S-Mexico border is a "manhood issue", adding that she will oppose the wall and isn't interested in negotiating.
“It happens to be like a manhood issue for the president, building a wall, and I’m not interested in that,” Pelosi said during a discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.
Pelosi said Democrats support border security, and that they can't allow Trump to say otherwise. The president has often said Democrats want "open borders."
“We can’t allow him to say we’re not interested in protecting the border,” Pelosi said, adding that the wall is "probably the worst way to protect the border.”
However, Pelosi's claim that the Democrats are interested in border security is not backed up by the campaign thrusts of many Democrat candidates, who speak of dismantling ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which does a great job at catching illegal immigrants into the US. The rhetoric goes as far as "replace ICE with something different" but nary a clue as to what that difference is.
Further, no Democrat has offered a viable plan for border security, and so Mrs. Pelosi's words are deceptive at best, for her concept of "protecting the border" does not appear to involve stopping illegal entries into the US.
On the other hand, as Mr. Gingrich noted, the Republicans do offer a solution. That solution is certainly evident in President Trump's own push to build a border wall along the US-Mexico frontier, but it is given further detail and strength in a bill proposed by US Representative Kevin McCarthy as the "Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act of 2018."
While details of the bill are forthcoming, its main premises are to build the southern border wall and to ensure compliance with existing Federal immigration laws. It is that simple.
Speaker Gingrich believes that the midterm election will come down to deciding on the response to this issue - do the American people want their nation to be free for anyone to come and enter at any time, with borders of no consequence? Or, do they believe in the right of the American nation to assert its own sovereignty within its own borders?
This is a surprising question. Europe tried the experiment of open borders under the European Union, but this met its big test when millions of Syrian refugees, mostly Muslim, began flooding into Europe. Some were fleeing the war, and some appeared to be trying to establish Islamic enclaves in Europe, ostensibly part of the plan to subjugate the world to Islam. The results have been quite horrific at times, and many European nations have reacted by electing leadership to secure their own country borders, and England has opted to leave the Union altogether.
In heavily sovereign nations, like Russia and oddly enough, Mexico, the matter of illegal immigration is simple and severe: if you are illegal you are not allowed. If we catch you, you will be deported. (However, in Mexico's case they make no problem for groups of immigrants headed to the US, and have been known to offer assistance as to how to penetrate US border security.)
This was not the plan for the Democrats in the running this time around.
During the last two years since the surprise election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, the Democrat Party and its media surrogates have been locked in a battle to try to undo this fact, and even to force Trump to resign in shame. This happened through slanderous attacks daily and even several times a day with different attempts on different issues: Stormy Daniels. Russiagate. North Korea war. China. Syria.
However, the President beat each attack back, scandalizing the press even further and increasing their levels of hysteria to the point where even some of their viewers and readers began to see the facts - that the Democrat Party had been limited to only one goal - to get rid of President Trump - despite the fact that getting rid of him would not actually solve any problems.
This disinformation campaign seemed to be rather effective until Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the vacancy in the Supreme Court left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. At that point the Dems cover was publicly blown, revealing the true absence of substantive debate to everyone but the absolute partisans in Congress.
This led to the stunning circus that was Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, with shouting demonstrators every half-hour, scurrilous attempts by Democrat senators to knock Mr. Kavanaugh off-balance by forcing him to impugn himself by defending his statements taken out of context, and finally with the absurd and vitriolic eleventh-hour attack of "sexual assault" that Kavanaugh supposedly perpetrated on a young woman 36 years ago, along with two other even more fantastic and baseless sets of accusations from other women.
All this was met with fierce denial by the Judge, and this was a shock for the Democrats, who have long been used to Republicans caving to the pressure and rolling over in their attempts not to appear as uncivil as their opponents. Not this time. Kavanaugh AND Senator Lindsey Graham in particular fought back with fury and drove back the attack, and now Judge Kavanaugh is now Associate Justice Kavanaugh and is doing the job he was nominated to do.
Now the Democrats have egg on their faces. They are faced with a diminished return on the personal-lifestyle sort of attack politics. There is yet time for another "eleventh hour" ploy before the midterms. And, the polls still (amazingly) indicate a Democrat victory imminent in the House. But this time they are confronted with two new realities: A galvanized Republican party and electorate, and an increasing interest in policy for the nation rather than the approval of one man elected to lead it.