Pelosi and Schumer don't want to face the Angel Families they have mocked,
insulted and derided.Walls work. The media is extremely biased, as
shown by the Buzzfeed and Covington Catholic incidents. They don't want to
report that Pelosi and Mitt have walls around their mansions.
To "Frozen Fractals" but measuring success in the Senate by counting the
number of individual votes does not really paint an adequate picture because
some states have few people, and even if they had 100% vote for a particular
candidate they would not equal 50% of the voters in another state. The
comparison of the number of seats won/lost is the better comparison because it
equalizes large and small states.To "SMcloud" what about the
Democrats. Name the Democrats that have enough backbone to stand up to
Pelosi.To "Utah Girl Chronicles" you forgot that following
the State of the Union you get the Democrat falsehoods trying to dismantle what
the President has stated.
Huge campaign rally in a deep red state instead. He will spoil and create a lot
of alleged facts on the crisis on the border wall he and the Republican congress
failed to address.
Trump can give a televised speech if he feels like it. It won't be a State
of the Union address to Congress.Trump doesn't seem to
understand that Congress isn't his to control. He can't just barge in
and give his address and expect to get waves of applause. The House of
Representatives is under Democratic control, and that means the invitation is
Speaker Pelosi's to extend--or to rescind.Without an
invitation, Trump looks like the sort of boor who invites himself over to
someone else's house. Sometimes appearances mirror underlying truths.
Good. I hope the speech is delivered from the oval office so that the speech
can be delivered uninterrupted by incessant applause. It is time we change the
State of the Union by allowing the speech to be addressed to the people and not
be a forum for Congress to turn it into a circus.
@Impartial7,Point where in the US Constitution it says that Congress
has more power than the president! It never says that. It outlines specific
powers for each branch; none has any more than another, but very carefully
crafted so that each branch must rely on the other branches, while keeping their
powers in check so that no one branch can usurp all the power.Again,
you said that the President can't require that Congress convenes. Yet, I
quoted the US Constitution right where it says that yes he can require that it
convenes. And, further that happens to be in the very same sentence that
specifies that the President's duty is to go before Congress and give a
statement (doesn't say the manner of which the communication must be, but
speech is certainly the norm these days) about the State of the Union and
specific things that the President believes that Congress needs to work on.It is very much his duty; and if Congress decided to block him from
doing his Constitutional duty; they would violate the very Constitution they
swore to protect. I suggest you read the Constitution again.
Re" Thid"Answer: Far less than any other mid-term in
American history! Not much to gloat about is it?"A win is a win!
Then again a 37% Approval rating isn't much to gloat about either, is it?
Prelax What has that have to do with the 5-6 Billion check they are supposed to
Rather than listen to a 45 minute State of the Union Trump speech, it's
better to just imagine Trump gloating about Trump, bragging about Trump, and
lying about Trump, with plenty of built-in breaks for standing ovations.
Let them have it Trump! America loves what you are doing and we all know that
what the Fake news reports represents a very small percentage of Americans. We
love you and are eager to hear from you, not only on the 29th, but for six more
years! Build that wall and crime will fall!
I couldn't care less. This is why I have DirecTV and NetFlix. Not
interested in any narcissistic babble.
@NeifyT;"Unless the SCOTUS has already ruled on the constitutionality
of the Congress's "permission granting"; the way I see it the
President not only could walk in any time and pick up the microphone and deliver
his address; but he could even require that they convene just for that purpose
if they try to shut him down."Doesn't matter how you see
it, the President can't walk in at any time. Congress has more power than
the executive Branch. That's what the Constitution says and why it was
written that way. However, Congress members just can't walk into the oval
office or Trump's taxpayer funded West Wing offices or residence, and
demand an audience. Trump also can't require Congress to convene. What you
are describing is a King, not a US President. And, while Trump may not
understand it, he was elected President, not King.
mcclarkMexico is housing thousands of migrants for the US, until our
system can catch up to the flood.
A great post I read today "We cannot build a wall when the one that exists
between the Democrats & the Republicans needs to be torn down. Mr.
President, Madam Speaker Pelosi tear down that wall and unite this great
Country! God's word tells us a house divided against itself will not stand.
State of Union speeches are not a constitutional requirement (the president
could simply produce a report), speeches are a relatively new traditionHowever, Pelosi pettiness deserves to be confronted. Even though I
was not a Trump supporter, the illiberal intolerant left constantly provides me
with reasons to be one.
@Lib on Planet ZionYour condemnation of blind loyalty - while exhibiting a
very flower version of bind hate; says more about your brand of "lib" ,
than it does for the object of your scorn
"Mexico will pay a one time payment of 5 to 6 billion dollars" Donald
Trump. Stop trying to weasel out of what he promised.
@Impartial7 Re: "The president cannot speak in front of a joint session of
Congress without both chambers' explicit permission."Such a
resolution is just part of the pomp and circumstance of the day. The
Constitution does not grant Congress the authority to keep the President from
performing his duty. The Constitution clearly outlines it is the
President's duty: "He [the President] shall from time to time give to
the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their
Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may,
on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them..."Unless the SCOTUS has already ruled on the constitutionality of the
Congress's "permission granting"; the way I see it the President
not only could walk in any time and pick up the microphone and deliver his
address; but he could even require that they convene just for that purpose if
they try to shut him down. Now what does "from time to time mean" --
tradition has it annually; could be more often, or even less often, I doubt the
SCOTUS would keep the president from doing it unless he tried to do it so often
it became disruptive.
I hope that Trump will invite Angel Families to the State of the Union. Before
he came along, they were universally ignored.Will all the people
giving free loans, free food, and free entertainment to government workers (who
will get back pay) give the same to the Angel families who will never get back
what they lost?
Scary! If anything happens to Trump and Pence. Nancy becomes president.No borders and equality through poverty.
Donald can give a speech, just not at the House of Representatives. Proceed all
you want, Donald, but until the Speaker says OK, you ain't doing it before
Congress. It won't look good for you.
The Donald should do a rally. That is all he know how to do. He loves the chaos
and attention caused by his shutdown.
Donald Trump is acting badly because he isn't getting what he wants. The border wall really isn't that important. We need border
security, but building a literal wall is not realistic.
Nancy's job is to be a counterbalance of power. That is literally her
job.And in spite of lots of Trump's strange dealings with
Russia, no one on the Republican side seems to have the stomach to stand up to
him.As childish as this standoff is, I'm glad it's
happening. Someone needs to stand up to the president.
Trump may have his deficiencies, but remember that before Trump there was Nancy
Pelosi doing the partisan politics thing that we all abhor. She is a bigger
problem in Washington than Trump is, and that is saying quite a lot!
Defying Pelosi? Since when does a President need permission to give a State of
the Union address.
Not a Trump fan but why shouldn't he give a State of the Union Addres?
Every other president has regardless of party. Let him give it and let Pelosi
and others give a response.
Everyone has to compromise. Put a wall or barrier where it makes sense to. Beef
up security and technology at the border entrys where most of the drugs and some
human trafficking are coming in. Beef up the Coast Guard to address drugs and
human trafficking coming through our seaports. Beef up technological monitoring
of the border. Beef up Rio Grand seaway monitoring. Hire more border agents.
Crack down on the close to one million people with overstayed visas. So many things that can be done that will require compromise on both sides. It
can be done if they have the will and are listening to the American people
regarding the shutdown.
@thid barker"There are several ways Mexico will pay for the
wall"Numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 all require paying for the wall
with money that would have otherwise gone into the Federal coffers. In other
words, every one of those supposed 'funding sources' comes from US
taxpayers...not from Mexico.Number 3 is patently false. Building a
wall does nothing to deport the illegals already in the US, nor any of the costs
associated with those illegals.Number 5 is blatant theft.Trump campaigned on Mexico paying for the wall. Trump is on the record
begging Mexican President Nieto to pay for the wall. Here's a quote:"But the fact is we are both in a little bit of a political bind
because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall – I have to. I have been
talking about it for a two year period" - Donald Trump January 27, 2017The only way Mexico pays for the wall is if Mexico writes a check, or
sends cash directly. All other methods take the money from US taxpayers,
directly or indirectly.
@Thid Barker"When in American history did the opposition party do so
very poorly in any midterm? "Democrats won the popular vote for
the House by an 8.6% margin in 2018. So in terms of the house... 2014 where the
GOP won by 5.7%. Or did you mean the first midterm after a new president?
Because then we have to go all the way back to 2010 when the GOP only won by
6.8%. Seat count gains even with a larger percentage win get reduced when
gerrymandering makes the map harder.As for the Senate, where
gerrymandering is obviously not a factor, that map (specifically the third of
seats that were up this go around) was incredibly tough to defend/expand for
Democrats. 25 seats were held by Democrats (and Dem-aligned independents) and
only 8 by Republicans. There was only 1 seat held by a Senate Republican that
Hillary had won (Nevada) vs 10 seats held by a Senate Democrat that Trump won
(FL ND IN MO MT WI WV MI OH PA) so Democrats had to defend way more turf and had
minimal opportunities to expand. Democrats defended 6 of their 10, and won the 1
plus an extra (AZ). Context is important. Eh, ignore it, more fun if
you learn it in 2020.
@thidI am not gloating but merely stating that a loss is a loss. If
the house stays republican that shows voters like trump but it didnt. And to your point republicans will not be able to pass laws either. I wish
they could work together but I have seen children behave more responsible.
Thid, you falsified information on the amount of viewers who watched Trumps
State of the Union vs. how many watched President Obama's.There
was over 2.5 million more viewers for President Obama's State of the Union.
Facts matter!Can't keep falsifying things, and then having no
one stand up to those falsehoods. That is what Trump has done for far too long.
Shaun: During Obama's last midterm, Democrats lost 69 Congress seats (6
Senate and 63 House seats)! During President Trump's midterm he GAINED
Senate seats and only lost 41 House seats! When in American history did the
opposition party do so very poorly in any midterm? Your Democrat majority in the
House will never pass one law because the Senate will vote it down and even if
the Senate passes it, President Trump will not sign it! So what did the
Democrats really gain? Answer: Far less than any other mid-term in American
history! Not much to gloat about is it?
@thidYou are only good as your last at bat and trump lost the
house.I never watch the sotu because it is a puff piece. Trump can
promise all he wants but he has zero authority to create legislation.
Take that, Nancy!!
Trump can make the SOTU broadcast from almost anywhere he deems proper; and send
the written message to Congress, House and Senate. As long as we get the word,
I'm not particular about the location. What, me worry ? Why?
Let's just cut to the chase and clear the air. This shutdown is over 5.7
billion dollars for a wall that the Republican Congress never voted on the past
two year but now is demanded by Trump and Senator McConnell. A shutdown that
the President said he would own and is being defended by Senator McConnell and
senate rules. Trump and McConnell want Americans to blame Democrats for
something they created, over an issue that does not have public support, and is
hurting millions. We all know Democrats and Republicans throw 5 billion
dollars away on things a lot more stupid than a wall. But in this case, one
can certainly see why Democrats won't. It really is a the Seinfeld shut
down. A shut down over nothing.
Who cares what Pelosi wants? We want to hear President Trump.
There are several ways Mexico will pay for the wall:#1: Increased income
to America from revised trade deals with Mexico.#2: Decreased foreign aid
to Mexico.#3: Vast reduction of costs to American taxpayers from
supporting illegal immigrants ( $billions saved are billions earned).#4:
Billions saved from less narcotics flowing across our Southern border.#5:
impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages. #6: increase
fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issued about 1 million to
Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays).#7:
increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of
overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from
Mexico.#8: Increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and
diplomats (and if necessary cancel them). America can not afford not to
build the wall!
insmarter,Why the sudden need for a wall? Did something happen on
the border the fake news is keeping from us? Why wasn't this a crisis for
the last two years? Finally when is Mexico writing the check that
the President promised.
Reports indicate that viewership of President Donald Trump's last State of
the Union speech was up 19% over Obama's final State of the Union speech.
More Americans support President Trump than supported Barack! That's why he
won the election! This in spite of fake news and all the hate spewed by the left
who always vastly underestimates his supporters! We stand by our President
because he stands by us! God bless President Trump, the best President in 50
I’ll skip this speech, thank you. I am already so embarrassed by this
“so-called” president, I’ll watch a re-run of Jeopardy
"The president cannot speak in front of a joint session of Congress without
both chambers' explicit permission. A resolution agreed to by both chambers
specifies the date and time of a joint session of the House and the Senate for
receiving an address from the president."Exactly. Not that rules
and protocol mean anything to Trump. If he forces his way into the Capitolfloor, watch for a huge walkout. If he doesn't open the government by
then, look for him to hold another MAGA rally for his base.
What America will hear from President Trump's State of the Union speech are
solutions to America's problems! What you will hear from the
Democrat's response to the State of the Union speech is complaints about
President Trump and no solutions! Its easy to complain, but solving problems
isn't! Complaining is an excuse for not having any solutions! Tune in and
see the difference for yourself!
Good for you Trump the state of the union is in the right direction and the only
thing we are really lacking is a wall at the mexican border. Pelosi can stew in
her hatred of america and lose this round.