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America voted for gridlock … and got it

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America voted for gridlock … and got it

America voted for gridlock … and got it
May 24
21:07 2019

Our national government is in a state of gridlock.  That is irrefutable.  Democrats blame President Trump because of his unwillingness to negotiate on Democrat issues until they stop using … abusing … their control of the House to launch an unpreceded number of fishing-expedition investigations.  Republicans say the legislative stalemate is due to Democrats unwillingness to negotiate on border security.

I often refer to the current situation in Washington as a barroom brawl – you know, one of those melees in which it is impossible to know who started it and, in the final analysis, it does not matter.

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To really fix responsibility for the gridlock gripping our federal government, you need to look outside the District of Columbia Beltway.  The standoff was caused by the American voters – at least  those millions of people who went to their polling places and gave control of the United States House of Representatives to the Democrats.

The reason we can look to the voters is that everything that is currently going on in Washington – all the chaos, all the nasty rhetoric, all the political backbiting and all that gridlock – was totally predictable.  Democrats did not take control of the House to advance a legislative agenda as a primary purpose.  They made no secret of their intentions.

They took control of the House for the purpose of bringing down President Trump.  They were the vanguard of the #NeverTrump Resistance Movement.  Trump had hardly been in office when House Democrats – such as Maxine Waters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Al Green, Shelia Jackson, Ted Lieu and others — were calling for impeachment.  The radical left in the Democratic Party – which has become increasingly powerful – is hellbent on overturning an election they cannot seem to accept.

The promise to investigate, investigate, investigate was clearly advanced along the campaign trail in 2016.  What has unfolded should come as no surprise to any voter who was paying attention.

The fact that this was essentially a Resistance Movement Congress was evident in the preview comment of newly minted Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who summed up the Democrat agenda for the 116th Congress with these inelegant words.  “We are going to impeach the mother f****r.”

It did not take an enormous amount of critical thinking to know that the election of a Democrat House would lead to gridlock – nothing of substance would get done.  The Trump agenda would be blocked at every turn by the House – even on issues where there should be bipartisan support.  Instead, anything Trump wanted was to be rejected out of hand without the slightest consideration.

Conversely, the radical left agenda promised by the Democrats in Congress had little chance of being passed by the GOP-controlled Senate.  And if that was not enough, socialist proposals would be vetoed by Trump.  Even as Democrats were promising what they would do with control of the House, they knew full well they were only engaging in empty political rhetoric.

What we see in Washington today is political posturing and pandering.  There are no negotiations, or even heated debates, over issues and legislative proposals.  It is all political Kabuki Theatre.  Everything is about positioning for 2020.  Democrats know that the chance of removing Trump from office before the 2020 election is nil to none.  Their talk of impeachment is merely an attempt to create bad press for Trump – knowing that the biased press will sing off the Democrat songbook.

Given the strident partisanship that has gripped our political process, the only thing that will end gridlock is for one or the other party to control both houses of Congress and the White House.  Without that, the 116th Congress – and any future Congress – will make the past “do-nothing” congresses look like models of bipartisanship and accomplishment.

Once again, it is up to the voters to end gridlock.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Phil in TX
    Phil in TX May 29, 00:49

    Once again, Larry, you NAILED IT!

    Phil in TX

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  2. AMFER
    AMFER May 30, 18:52

    Well, Larry, a big part of the ‘gridlock’ problem is WE DO NOTHING TO ‘UNLOCK’. You mention Talib,I’ll add Omar..both are holding offices they are not validated to hold; they are there by lying and cheating. This has been verified – check out Change.org. WHY ARE THEY STILL HERE??

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