For the past 10 years, the Republican Party has been campaigning on a whole host of conservative issues. Central among them are repealing Obamacare and building a border wall before any immigration reform is even considered. Republicans have already capitulated on the repeal of Obamacare and are now on the precipice of capitulating on the border wall. It’s time for Republicans to stop being afraid of Democrats and do what the American people elected them to do.
Central to the successful presidential campaign of Donald Trump was his promise to build a wall. It was a part of virtually every single one of his well-attended rallies. If you’ve forgotten, take a quick trip down memory lane.
Why then is Trump not fighting to ensure he receives funds to start construction on the wall as soon as possible? Here’s today’s news from the Washington Post.
But with a Friday deadline looming to pass a new spending bill, the Trump administration projected confidence that a shutdown would be avoided. In the face of fierce Democratic opposition to funding the wall’s construction, White House officials signaled Monday that the president may be open to an agreement that includes money for border security if not specifically for a wall, with an emphasis on technology and border agents rather than a structure.
Trump showed even more flexibility Monday afternoon, telling conservative journalists in a private meeting that he was open to delaying funding for wall construction until September, a White House official confirmed.
Trump, the deal maker, should know that once you give an adversary an inch, they’ll take a mile. It is time for Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell to step up and give the American people what their party promised — a border wall. Not to mention the repeal of Obamacare and a whole host of other promises.
The GOP majority should not be afraid of the Democrat minority. The American people in record numbers reject Democrat ideology. Over the weekend, an ABC News/ Washington Post poll was released showing that 67 percent of American voters say that Democrats are “out of touch” with the concerns of the American people. That number is up 19 percent from a 2014 poll that asked the same question.
Over the past three years, as the Democratic Party has become more obstructionist and radical, the American people have increasingly rejected its ideology. Yes, the numbers for the GOP and Trump are high as well, but on the GOP side, their numbers have actually been improving.
The majority of people, in large swaths of this country — save California — voted for Republicans up and down their ballots last fall. Central to this vote was a promise to take border security seriously and, yes, to “build that wall.”
It is time for the GOP to live up to its promises and fight to get it done.
Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.