This do-nothing Republican Congress has the historic distinction of being the first party to control all of government and accomplish absolutely nothing in its first few months other than passing a Democrat budget. With the Manchester bombing capturing the attention of the world, why is Congress not moving to immediately deal with immigration, terrorism, and national security issues?
Once again, we have witnessed a homegrown terror attack in England, committed by the son of Libyan refugees. Libya is a country on the list of Trump’s lawful immigration moratorium. I’m sure the bomber’s parents looked downtrodden and in need of refuge when they were fleeing Gaddafi in the ’80s, much like the media photos of families from Syria today. Yet as demonstrated over and over again, these refugees are different from those in the past because so many of them adhere to an Islamic supremacist ideology; their children have no qualms about biting the hand that saves them. When will we learn our lesson and stop repeating the mistakes of Europe?
To Trump’s credit, when the more conservative voices in the administration still had power, he tried to fulfill his campaign promise with a temporary moratorium on refugees and visas from some Middle East countries. However, this plan and his broader immigration agenda are now in tatters. I don’t blame him for not predicting the original onslaught from the courts. I doubt he read my book, Stolen Sovereignty, warning how the courts will erase our borders and overturn immigration law and national sovereignty. It’s that he has been overly obsequious to the courts, has declined to request that his orders be codified into the budget, has backpedaled on his immigration promises even in the new budget for next year, and has changed direction from the Bannon-led efforts of the beginning of his administration.
Obviously, Congressional Republicans share just as much blame, but we already know they will not lift a finger without immense pressure from the president, like the pressure he exerted on the Freedom Caucus to pass a phony Obamacare repeal bill. Absent that leadership, they will continue with their willful blindness and focus their legislative agenda on naming post offices.
Consider the following observations:
As soon as the president returns home from Europe, he should call in leaders of Congress and demand that they vote on as many of these 20 immigration and homeland security ideas as possible. Specifically, they must:
In order to accomplish this or anything else, Congressional Republicans need to modify the filibuster rules. Otherwise, they face electoral oblivion. It’s time they actually confront the issues of our time and harness the news cycle to pass common-sense national security bills. The president must use the bully pulpit and his status as leader of the party to craft specific proposals for the do-nothing Congress. Then, place the onus on them to act. He should give a televised address from the Oval Office outlining his response to the growing threat of homegrown terrorism and demanding action from Congress to deal with the courts.
Or we could just use up this once-in-generation electoral mandate on naming post offices and continuing every major Obama policy.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.