It’s been a long time coming but Democrats own the House today. They’re ready to make big waves in Washington after riding in with the usual enthusiasm we hear whenever party leadership changes. Later the optimism will fizzle as lawmakers get down to the nuts and bolts reality of doing nothing.
U.S. adversaries and the emerging threats they create span the globe. Their identities don’t change much from year to year, but their ability to do harm grows while the politicians who run our government dictate responses that best suits their needs. Sometimes these responses are well thought out and sound. Sometimes they are purely political and make no sense.
Don’t confuse Democratic Party political priorities like Medicare for All or free college with true American values. The former vanish with the changing of the guard and the up and down of the economy. Values that matter are enduring. They focus on ideas much greater than what to spend on next. We should all be wise enough to agree that it’s the height of arrogance for people we elect to tell us what we want and what we should have.
Can we politely agree that political losers don’t have any reason to be civil? That includes minority House Democrats who signed a commitment yet play by their own unique set of civility rules that don’t place outright hostility and disrespect off limits, especially when they are directed at the president.
The mean-spirited war of words that started after the White House ended TPS for Hondurans ignores the fact that this temporary program has dragged on for 20 years. This isn’t mass deportation despite the disinformation from Democrats. Two decades is long enough and changing the reason Hondurans need sanctuary in the U.S. is not an excuse to keep them here in perpetuity.