I want us all to take a trip down memory lane to January-February 2009. Barack Obama had been sworn in as president of the United States and does anyone recall massive violent protests?
I’m trying to remember if then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to Obama’s cabinet as the “swamp cabinet”…how cute. Yes, McConnell did say he wanted to ensure Obama didn’t win a second term, but it was based on policy disagreement…which for the fascist progressive socialists is a no-no. You can’t disagree with them or else face their rage.
Remember it was Obama who had control of the House and Senate, and who chided and admonished Republicans that he’d won, elections have consequences, and told them to get to the back of the bus…racist anyone? Obama didn’t seek any GOP input when it came to his massive trillion dollar stimulus, or Obamacare…funny, now the left is blaming the GOP for the failure of Obamacare. Nope, you can’t make this stuff up.
And thanks to the Washington Free Beacon, they put this whole thing into perspective:
Not since President George Washington’s initial formation of a cabinet in 1789 has an American president’s cabinet picks been approved as slowly as the Senate is approving President Donald Trump’s nominees.
Trump has now been president for a full three weeks, and the number of approved members in his cabinet stands at seven—a number that was boosted by three contested confirmations last week that were opposed by almost the entire Democratic caucus.
Senate Democrats, vowing to use “everything” they can to stop Trump’s nominees, have used procedural tricks like boycotting committee meetings to slow the confirmation process to a historically slow pace. Recent administrations have had many more nominees approved at the three-week mark. Barack Obama had 12 out of 15 nominees approved, George W. Bush had his entire cabinet approved, and Bill Clinton had all but one approved in less than a day.
For most of history, approving cabinet nominees has been a non-issue. Presidents John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter had their entire cabinet approved in the first days of their presidency—a brisk pace that has been the norm for most of U.S. history. As noted by historian Robert David Johnson, the only confirmation process at all comparable to the current situation was that of President George H.W. Bush, and even he had 10 of his 14 nominees confirmed by the three-week mark.
One difference between Trump and Bush, however, is that Bush was facing a Democratic-controlled Senate that actually had the power to stop his nominations. Senate Democrats, however, continue to delay the inevitable.
Ben Carson (Department of Housing and Urban Development), Rick Perry (Department of Energy), Ryan Zinke (Department of the Interior), David Shulkin (Department of Veterans Affairs), Steve Mnuchin (Department of Treasury), and Wilbur Ross (Department of Commerce) have all been approved by the necessary committees and are awaiting votes in the full Senate.
Only Mnuchin and Shulkin were sworn in yesterday.
The continuing obstruction of even uncontroversial cabinet choices is being driven by demands from the liberal base of the Democratic Party, which is demanding that Democratic lawmakers not cooperate with Trump on anything.”
Now, there you have the truth, and I submit, ladies and gents, this is no longer about “obstructionism” but is about a deliberate undermining of the peaceful transition of power in the United States. This is about the liberal progressive socialist left seeking to undermine our Constitutional Republic.
Why? It’s simple, they lost. They’ll never accept the directive given to conservatives and the GOP to get over it and that elections have consequences. If they can’t have their way, they’ll destroy it. And that means the physical destruction of property, along with the destruction of this nation…because they do not get to “fundamentally transform” our America.
All these town hall meeting protests are truly “astroturf” operations funded by left wing organizations to bus in the ill-informed into congressional districts in which they do not reside. Many of these protesters are just paid henchmen, and these anarchists are pretty well uniformed — as a matter of fact, covering the face is something Islamic terrorists and jihadists do.
We have shared with y’all on this venue the hypocrisy of the left…like previous statements from Bill Clinton and Barack Obama on immigration. We know folks like Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren supported school choice and voucher programs before they were against it.
I have no issue with being a loyal opposition, but that means having better policies and a vision for this nation. It’s obvious — as a result of the November election — that the Democrat Party, owned by the liberal progressive left, does not. It’s also evident in the consistent losses of US Senate, House, Gubernatorial, and State legislature positions that the coastal party of leftism is being soundly rejected.
And what is their response? Anger, violence, intimidation, coercion, personal attacks, and moving further to the left. Consider that the two top candidates for chairman of the Democrat National Committee are Rep. Keith Ellison and former Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. Need I say more? As I’ve said, we are in an ideological civil war — that is hardly civil — as it’s enabled by a complicit liberal progressive media establishment that has lost credibility.
But, what the Democrat Party needs to understand is this: 2018 may yet be another Armageddon for them. There are 25 Democrat Senators up for reelection, 10 of them in states Donald Trump won last November. If Chuck Schumer thinks these antics won’t be forgotten, he’s recently visited Colorado and smoked some weed.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs has self-preservation at the top, and at some point in time, these 10 Democrat Senators are going to say, “cut the crap Chuck”…or else they’ll go the way of many of their previous colleagues did in the 2014 election cycle.
Here’s the deal, the Trump administration needs to have a sign up every day showing how many days without a full cabinet. This needs to be their primary message that starts off every press conference, any media appearance. They need to go on offense and message that this is not obstructionism but a slap in the face of the American people who voted last November.
This is a dangerous game, placing the United States in a dangerous position — hence why nations like North Korea and Iran are taking belligerent stances. Consider that out of the Department of Defense there are 60 cabinet confirmed positions…so far only one has been filled: the Secretary of Defense. This isn’t just about the primary cabinet position but all those down positions of vital deputy and undersecretary positions the left is delaying.
And on top of that we have an activist liberal court that now believes they can rule on American foreign policy and national security — I don’t recall the left saying ANYTHING when Obama changed the Cuban immigration policy in his last week in office. No outcries about relegating freedom-loving Cubans seeking to escape a brutal communist regime. I guess not, because that’s exactly what the progressive socialist left dreams of having here in the and of the free.
I find the actions of Senator Chuck Schumer and the left appalling, deplorable, despicable, and disgusting. Y’all lost the election; stop your freaking crying and whining because if you place this country in a bad position because we don’t have a complete transition of governance, you own whatever happens.
As I’ve said before, y’all suck. Y’all keep embracing these protests and violence and you’ll quietly end up going the way of the Whig Party. You wanna have a debate on the merits of policy? Fine, but stop with these insidious, childlike temper tantrums. I doubt any of you know what a risk corridor, workforce participation rate, corporate inversions are, or how many new taxes were in Obamacare, but you sure know how to complain.