The Dying Narrative

Medellín at La Sierra. Image by Monica Showalter.

Last Sunday, there was an election in Columbia, which is next door to Venezuela. You might have heard there was going to be, but I’d bet money you haven’t heard much about the results. Why? ‘The Narrative’ lost. from Monica Showalter in American Thinker.

Sunday’s election of a hard-core conservative in Colombia has left the media elites and their pundits befuddled. Some are calling Ivan Duque, the 41-year-old new conservative president-elect a ‘populist‘ as if to suggest that both President Trump and the late unlamented Venezuelan strongman, Hugo Chavez, are all dreadful peas in the same pod. Others are speculating that Colombia elected another Emmanuel Macron, the youthful centrist French president, as if the namby-pamby Macron somehow amounted to a comparable sea change that this election represents or something. We heard of the new president (who does favor corporate tax cuts) summed up as ‘pro-business’ by the Wall Street Journal, as if that was all he was about to voters, and more pointedly still, summed up as ‘right-wing’ by Agence France-Presse and National Public Radio, both of which are clearly displeased. He’s also been accused of being a ‘puppet’ of former President Alvaro Uribe, the country’s Reagan-like conservative leader from 2002-2010 who put terrorists on the run and singlehandedly changed Colombia’s reputation from night-haunted hellhole to downright vacation paradise. The press dutifully spread the puppet stuff far and wide.

The best story I saw, however, comes from a local, on-the-ground source, Colombia Reports, run by a Dutchman, Adriaan Anselma, whose news site has almost always been fair and objective. Here’s Colombia Report’s headline:

Iconic Medellin slum votes Duque to avoid ‘another Venezuela’

Now the clarity comes. Poor people voted for a genuine conservative out of terror of becoming another Venezuela, because they know what it is up close. And yes, that’s the much-vaunted poor that for years we have been hearing are so poor they can only vote for candidates who offer to shovel the most pork. They didn’t.

Yet that didn’t merit any headlines?

It gets worse for the press, because the Colombia Reports story is chock-full of on the ground shoe-leather reporting illustrating just that from the poor, an absolutely clear-eyed rejection of socialism, based on the example coming, and coming, out of Venezuela:

“You know what everyone’s saying,” said Teresita Alvarez, 63, as she walked to the polling station with her daughter and granddaughter.

“He [Petro] could bring Colombia down – he could make it like Venezuela. No one here wants that.”

Strangely, both Teresita and her 36-year-old daughter, Liliana, who have always lived in La Sierra, voted for centrist Sergio Fajado the first time round. Their second vote was a massive swing to the right.

Builder Alex Gutierrez, 40, picked Duque for the same reasons.

“We’ve seen the problems with Venezuela. We don’t want to risk that happening here,” he said.

Read it all at: Buried news: Colombia’s shantytowns rejected socialism, big time, to avoid ‘another Venezuela’ 

Imagine that, poor people voting for a conservative, instead of more goodies. How ‘Deplorable’. Good to see Columbia choosing to move towards a better life instead of death and destruction.


I haven’t much to say about the separation firestorm swirling around. It is not optimal to separate kids from their parents, but what does one do with kids who show up without parents, or whose parents are criminals? I don’t know, and I think the President is doing the best he can to take care of them. That’s all one can do, really. The job we elected him to do is to enforce the law, fairly and equitably, without exception. That is what he is doing.

America is a sovereign country, whose citizens get to decide who comes here. In large part that is why we elected Trump, to stop the invasion of migrants, who benefit the Democrat Party (as voters) and Big Business (as cheap and exploited workers), thereby reducing the wages of American citizens. Monica Showalter also has a list of those screaming about this necessary policy…

Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

Michelle Obama seconds Laura Bush’s criticism of child separation policy

Romney backs Laura Bush on border: ‘We need a more compassionate answer’

Hillary: Separating Families Contrary to Religious Values – Jesus ‘Did Not Say Let the Children Suffer’

Jeb Bush: Trump should end ‘heartless’ policy separating migrant families

Eric Holder: ‘Unbelievably the Bible is’ being used to defend zero-tolerance border policy

Former Obama aide: Trump’s policy separating migrant families is “immoral”

Speaker Paul Ryan says he disagrees with Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border

Gov. Kasich says it’s “not an American value to be breaking up families”

McCain rips Trump’s family separation policy as affront to American decency

Sen. Kamala Harris: Trump’s “intent” to put “children in cages”

Colorado governor bars state resources for Trump family separation policy

Former CIA Chief Compares Trump Administration to Nazi Germany Over Border Policy

Has Trump finall gone too far? -by Max Boot

Blumenthal, immigrant families condemn separation of children at border

Lindsey Graham says the S-word live on CNN

Senator Ted Cruz Promises a Bill to Deal With the Family Separation Crisis at the Border

Senators Graham and Cruz appear to be looking for solutions, and that is good especially Cruz’s contribution. The others are simply blowing emotional crap that simply condemns without any thought of fixing anything. Why? I think because the free entry and the cheap labor it provides benefits them. I must also mention that I have rarely seen the left (and the GOPe) more completely unhinged. Must be important to them – that makes it important to stay the course.

In other words, Trump is once again upsetting the overseers on the plantation. Good on him. Those overseers are why the country got into such a mess.

And you know, from what I’ve seen of those centers, I doubt those kids ever had it so good, and sooner (more likely than later) they will be reunited with their parents, either in the United States or where they came from. Call it a vacation from destitution. And they could always put all that energy into improving their own country, instead of running away to what we have built.

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69 Responses to The Dying Narrative

  1. Scoop says:

    One more reason for not fixing the law is that the Democrats and Republicrats want to use the emotional impact of the story (pictures added for sympathy) as a mid-term election centerpiece. They do not have any solutions or direction to ‘sell’ to their constituents so they need a negative agenda against the Republican Party (that is to say specifically, Trump) to run on. So I doubt that they will vote for an immigration bill that will fix anything as it is in their best interest to leave things as they are: an unpopular law created by Congress and a President and State Agencies that want to enforce the law that we have. Shumer especially keeps pushing for an executive order to end this and says nary a word about Congress fixing this.

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    • the unit says:

      Yep.
      Ah, so Graham and Cruz want Congress to tend to business. As you say, that doesn’t suit Chuckie Schumer! 🙂
      “There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer told reporters (via the Hill). “Legislation is not the way to go here. Unacceptable additions have bogged down every piece of legislation we’ve done.”

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      • Scoop says:

        Same tactics they have been using forever. SSDD.

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        • the unit says:

          Forever is right. Neither party would want to get rid of E.O.’s. They make it so Congress doesn’t have to word too hard and don’t have to accept any blame when things go wrong and can tell their constituents they didn’t cause the problems. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          Absolutely right. The only legislation that they love is popular in consensus and can be loaded down with pork barrels. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          And as for the forever SSDD, it’s also SSDP, P being problem. G.W. made the first E.O. when the told Martha…”Woman, pluck me a quill outta that hen so’s I can sign this first Bill #1 passed by the Congress”. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          That sounds about right. 🙂

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      • NEO says:

        Yep, I like the idea of enforcing the law, it’s a nice change. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah, isn’t that one job of the executive? Not legislate by E.O. as Schumer calls for as per statement. E.O.’s to execute Congresses legislation after signing by president, according to the law. And there’s Romney still stuck on “compassionate conservatism”.

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        • NEO says:

          That’s how I read it. The oath say “To faithfully execute the laws of the United States”, not make them.

          Yeah, compassionate. But to whom?

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, that’s what I see, and in fact, Fox alluded to it last night as well.

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      • Scoop says:

        How many times will people be sucked in by the same tactics? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep! Funnily enough, I was just over on The Conservative Woman, and the Brits are starting to sound an awful lot like us (as are the Europeans). The times they are achangin’

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        • Scoop says:

          Let’s hope it ain’t too late. They have mess of sortin’ out to do.

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        • NEO says:

          Agreed. The EU votes today on a law that eviscerates the internet. We can expect more european traffic, I expect. Thank God for the 1st, and the 2d that protects it!

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        • Scoop says:

          Much to the chagrin of the Democrats. Hmmm. If they can just gain control of the CIA, FBI and DOJ they might just get away with it . . . the FCC is already in their pocket.

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        • NEO says:

          Yep.

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        • Scoop says:

          . . . well darn. I think they do have the CIA, FBI and DOJ under their control. Never mind . . .

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        • NEO says:

          Seems rather like it, doesn’t it?

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        • Scoop says:

          I guess the question that we haven’t figured out yet is, how deep is the deep state?

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        • NEO says:

          Full fathom six? However deep, it’s far too deep.

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        • Scoop says:

          I’d be inclined to believe that myself.

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        • NEO says:

          Rather scary.

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        • Scoop says:

          It certainly is Ollie.

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    • Nicholas says:

      And those centrists and leftists always accuse us of being fascists for supporting border control and strict immigration and deportation rules. You can’t reason with these people because they either cynically use emotionalism to deflect or they are themselves prey to emotionalism and have lost their ability to be dispassionate.

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      • Scoop says:

        I buy everything you say except for the last. All of their ‘supposed emotionalism and tears’ are used for effect and they have no passion other than deviant passions. It is straight out of Hollywood and is used to great effect in gaining votes. Period. 🙂

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        • Nicholas says:

          Fair enough. Either way, I’m sick of it. I shouldn’t have to show why I’m not a fascist and Christians shouldn’t have to do that in church either – it worries me how much the leftist dialogue has polluted mainline churches, and it explains why they are dying. People don’t like being lectured to at the best of times, but they really don’t like hearing recycled cultural Marxism.

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        • Scoop says:

          It really is a horrible time and you feel like most of us do. Did you read Fr. Schall’s piece? Though it is addressed to Catholics much of it is applicable to all Christians: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2018/why-be-or-continue-to-be-catholic

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        • Nicholas says:

          I’ll have a look; thanks for the link.

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        • Nicholas says:

          A good piece. Personally I think the CC needs a John the Baptist figure announcing the coming judgment, much as Christ in Revelation warned of taking the lampstand away.

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        • Scoop says:

          Perhaps the Traditionalists are acting thematically as John the Baptist already . . . and they are calling out in the wilderness of the internet.

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    • the unit says:

      “But regardless of whose fault it is, most politicians today are not human beings. You want to pry open their mouths and shout into the darkness, ‘Hello! Is there a human being in there?’ Buried under all that lust for office, all that fear of offending a contributor? I know there must be.” – Charley Reese (Conservative Chronicle, September 8, 1993, p. 17) (Wiki)
      And relative to today’s blog 6/22/18, talk about latitude given to diversity of conservative ideas and opinions relative to our individualism, there’s Charley!
      But he was a true American. I had occasion to correspond by email fondly on a number of occasions during his last decade on issues pertaining to the bureaucracy, not specifically party or politics. Correspondence was as sincere and as close to physical acquaintance and friendship as we experience in our blog comments. Like i.e. over time and remarks, we think we pretty well know one another (couple or several years and demographics). Pertained to personal difficult experiences with the agencies back then.
      His resting place right here in my neck of the woods ’cause his journalism started here and he’s remembered and appreciated here, Barrancas National Cemetery.
      P.S. Please don’t interpret this as saying “Yuge”an beings would open borders. Just pols lust. 🙂

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      • Scoop says:

        As I am reading Roger Stone’s book The Man Who Killed Kennedy ~ the case Against LBJ, one wonders if there were a human being inside their suits of flesh. They all seem about as corrupt as one can imagine with dealings with the mob and mob bosses, their constant lust and womanizing – one can’t distinguish one from another except by the their commitment. Some were committed enough to murder somebody and others weren’t. But that’s about the only difference.

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        • the unit says:

          Read long ago ‘A Texan Looks At Lyndon’. Rival shot himself in back of head with lever action 30-30 rifle. As you said SSDD.

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        • Scoop says:

          There are a whole string of such stories Unit. Makes one wonder if politicians are politicians or mobsters. Taking a look at the Clintons it sure doesn’t look like much changed, does it?

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        • the unit says:

          Nope. The Clintons more creative though. If one day find the presidents body on the railroad tracks, we’ll know they done it. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          They were all pretty creative I suppose. Nobody sent to trial, coverups, and nobody in prison. Seems like a pretty adept group and covering their tracks . . . even railroad tracks. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          One day though we’ll catch them looking back to see… 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          Or maybe we’ve got a tiger by the tail. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Yeah, but we and even NYC boys are learning what to do with it. Comment from ‘Looking Back To See’… 🙂

          Jack Korponay
          1 year ago
          In the early 1970’s I was a New York City boy stuck on a mountain top in Alaska while serving in the US Air Force. The only radio we had was from the military. It played this song as well as other country tunes constantly. It kinda got drilled into my head….but it was a good thing. I got to love this kinda music. When I got home I found all my friends listening to Tom T. Hall, Johnny Cash, Merle Hagaret, Tammy Wynett and ….well you get the picture….good stuff. I still love it.

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        • Scoop says:

          In the early 70’s I left NYC for Boston but had been exposed to the country tunes in mid-60’s by a kid in the dorm’s of Severn School in Severna Park, MD outside of Annapolis. I have never lost my love of that genre of country music either. The newer stuff just doesn’t quite match the quality of the earlier stuff.

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        • NEO says:

          Nope, it doesn’t, but it’s better by far than what passes for top 40 these days.

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        • Scoop says:

          By far. I, for the life of me wonder how rap lasted for more than a month. I thought of it as a passing phase to express outrage and people would get tired of it. They haven’t and I get nauseous when I here the trash. It isn’t music if you judge music by melody, harmony and beauty. Talking to a beat is rather boring I would think but then a lot of people have made huge fortunes doing this. Beats me. I guess that’s why I never became a music producer.

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        • the unit says:

          That’s for sure about today vs then. My old favorite Haggard song…

          Shade trees, good reason to move to SC. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          This time of year especially . . . though I have the tree guys at my place right now taking out 4 trees and limbing a bunch of others. However, if you can manage to live on the ocean in FL as my dad did in Ponce Inlet, the sea breeze is the best air conditioner during the summer that I know of. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Right. Afford now. Tried to buy wife’s mom’s home in Ormond Beach, just a block west of the beach on A1A. 93 at passing at home with reverse mortgage for 10 years. No way to pay off by her kids to keep it. But hey, gram-maw got to live at home ’til she passed. In fact, nobody could pay for the “loan” vs today’s market value, even there. Govt. holding, probably will be auctioned sooner or later. All at tax payer expense, and loss.
          What, me worry? 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          I know. What a racket. Must be all that sea air; my dad lived to 92 and my mom to 91 living on the beach. My brother, thank God was financially capable of keeping the house on the beach as a vacation home but I wouldn’t be able to afford the taxes if it was given to me. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Tree guys huh? Last tree guys we used was American company in ’13. One “yuge” one, several little ones, some limbing, and bush-hogging (their bush-hog broke so used chainsaws, which later I had to use mine on to cut little stumps to ground level to use my mower over). One and a half days, $3500 five years ago.
          Better luck wished for you Scoop. 🙂
          Noticed neighbor across the street having much the same done now all week by Pelosi workers, “who will mow our lawns” types. Foreman and three other guys who look may be kin, with pick-up truck and trailer, every day all week.
          Won’t find out how much the cost. Neighbor friend (83) died last winter and his kid, who I don’t know, having it done.

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        • Scoop says:

          The prices have skyrocketed here as well. The guy I used had a little scrawny looking guy who would shimmy up the trees and limb them and then start topping them and they they would lay the tree down within about 6 inches from where they wanted it. Amazing; and it was cheap. I think laws in our state put a stop to that because of danger to the workers so now they have to buy lifts and we have to pay for the equipment and the work . . . and it ain’t cheap. I was quoted $2000 for 3 trees, 1 stump grinding and a few tree limbing but I have added some work to that so I don’t know what the final bill is going to look like. I hope he takes pity on me. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          And Scoop, I’m not criticsing the hiring of the most economical means if you were able to find them.
          Gotta do what we gotta do. I did after Katrina. National company wanted 12 grand to rip out everything in Mom’s home and spray remains with Clorox. Found a Jamacian fellow with a bunch of Mexican workers who did it for 3. 🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          I have had the same experience of price by hiring Mexicans to do my roof. Might as well get some benefit from all these folks that are receiving my tax money.

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        • the unit says:

          To sum up on several previous Scoop comments:
          Rap! Horrible yes! But thanks…I like your description. Simply “talking to a beat”. Maybe add profane as adjective to the talking.
          Yep, I had a few tree job add ons as well. Even little ones added $100 a pop.
          And benefits for us for tax money paid to many of them, the Jamaican boss man and his helpers. Good way to put it. Reverse karma in a beneficial way for the taxpayer. Now I don’t feel guilty. 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    I thought Clinton and Reno had provided a solution for these types problems by “settled law” at gun point with Elian Gonzales.
    Of course, those two had a different solution for the kids at Waco. And I read recently that Hillary had pushed hard on Reno to act in that situation.
    Shows how little I know. 🙂

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    • Scoop says:

      It just goes to highlight the differences between Bill and Hillary. Bill is a cow(poker) who favors his gun and Hillary is a witch who prefers burning all of her troubles.

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      • the unit says:


        🙂

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        • Scoop says:

          I take it that this is a home video of Hillary’s first acting debut for the lead in her school play?

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        • Scoop says:

          Good thing Gingrich wasn’t down in Waco. As I understand it, the cauldron was supposed to include an eye of newt.

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  3. the unit says:

    Pardon me, I got to exit. All the “likes” and replies, I get lost. I like it all though. Blog and comments. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Heh! I do too! 🙂

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  5. the unit says:

    About Columbia and the elite, media, and etc. response. At Bretton Woods, 1944, “U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, stated that the establishment of the IMF and the IBRD marked the end of economic nationalism” (WIKI). Beginning of NWO. Now expanded to no nationalism at all. Thus thumbs down to any obstruction to progressivism. One world order/government, no borders, one (blended?) color, one (blended?) culture, universal (God-less) values…for the “little people”.
    Eventually maybe, for the elite, no “little people” to cause problems would be fine. 🙂
    Yeah, hopefully “The Dying Narrative”.

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    • NEO says:

      That was the point, although few saw it at the time. 🙂

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  6. the unit says:

    So the new E.O. says “to the extent permitted by law” and “availability of appropriations”. Laws and appropriations come from where? Oh, and get to work on criminal proceedings. 🙂
    Don’t see where CNBC can say he “backed down” or that separating families was “his policy” per se without law which was there first?

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    • NEO says:

      Well, yeah, sort of backed down, but he just put it very clearly on Congress to put up or shut up, cause the courts won’t let this EO stand. Clever. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        So like Scoop said SSDD. Courts will legislate…’til Congress does. Still, I don’t know if Congress will do their job. Can’t seem to suit Chuckie. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah. The problem is Chuckie thinks its a good campaign issue, polls say he’s wrong, but when you’re as stupid as chuckie, that hardly matters.

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        • the unit says:

          Yep, that’s Chuckie all right, but media and left says that’s us.
          Every MSM does call it a Trump “backs down”. One, ‘The Cut’, said it’s because of the public furor over published pictures of kids in cages and covered with tin foil. Drudge headline says those pictures from Obama days. Pictures I’ve seen, accommodations looked pretty comfortable. Who knows? Know what the media wants me the believe. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          It’s a lousy look. What he did, since it’s very unlikely the courts will allow it, is throw it right back on Congress, where it belongs, while giving them what they say they want. Smart move, I think. 🙂

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