None of us should be surprised that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) just illustrated the old scorpion-and-the-frog allegory for us again. By stabbing President Trump in the back over his border wall National Emergency, Rand Paul is just doing what libertarian-leaning “Republicans” do by nature: supporting open borders.
Sure, Rand Paul has been one of President Trump’s most vocal supporters since the 2016 election. Thanks for being a shining beacon of unity when it didn’t matter, Senator Paul.
But when the chips are down and it really matters, Rand Paul suddenly sided with Nancy Pelosi in claiming that the Supreme Court would “probably” rule President Trump’s National Emergency to be unconstitutional anyway.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I know that I sleep better at night knowing that, thanks to a 2001 National Emergency that’s still in effect, Albanian insurgents are unable to get financial support in their efforts to topple the government of Macedonia.
Oh, wait. On second thought, I can’t find Albania or Macedonia on a map without a glass of scotch and 20 minutes of free time to waste looking them up. And I don’t care about either one of those countries.
Macedonia and several dozen other countries have National Emergencies from years ago – sometimes from decades ago – that are still in effect. Congress votes to reauthorize those “emergencies” every single year and your tax dollars go to support those big emergencies. But now that President Trump has declared a National Emergency to protect America’s southern border, that’s the last straw.
Man of Principle Rand Paul is standing up for the Constitution!
Sure, MS-13 gang members are getting arrested for hacking teenagers to death with machetes in New York, Virginia and other states far from our southern border. But you can rest easier knowing that Congress votes every year to reauthorize Jimmy Carter’s 1979 National Emergency over the Iran hostage crisis.
This may come as a shock to Rand Paul, but it’s not the job of Senators and Representatives to vote based on their “best guess” of what the Supreme Court might rule on a hypothetical case. The State of Kentucky, which Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell are supposed to be representing, has 120 counties. 118 of those counties voted for candidate Donald Trump in 2016 – based on his central campaign promise of building a wall.
Speaker Pelosi quickly rallied her troops in the House when President Trump initially declared the border emergency. The bill to block the National Emergency sailed through the house on pretty much a party-line vote. We all breathed a sigh of relief, however, because we foolishly believed that Republicans in the Senate wouldn’t bother with the Democrats’ silly legislation.
But now, instead of that stupid bill going down to a 54-46 defeat, Rand Paul, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and human houseplant Thom Tillis are voting to block the president of their own party.
The media is gloating that this will be Donald Trump’s first veto of his presidency.
I don’t mean to pile onto Rand Paul as if he’s a solo act in this betrayal of America. He has plenty of help. There’s a really easy way to not force President Trump to veto Pelosi’s bill: Don’t vote on it in the Senate!
There’s no rule that says Mitch McConnell has to take up a bill just because Nancy Pelosi passed it. The House Democrats have already passed multiple stupid gun control bills that will never see the light of day in the Senate.
McConnell could stick Pelosi’s anti-wall bill in that pile and forget about it. But instead, McConnell is allowing a vote on the bill and he’s not fighting to bring the Republican conference in line.
Speaking of the stupid gun control bills, look at what happened when several freshman Democrats strayed off the reservation last week. They voted in favor of a Republican amendment that would have required illegal aliens to be turned in to ICE when they try to unlawfully purchase a firearm.
After which, Pelosi pulled all of the Democrats into a room and threatened them for not towing the party line. Ocasio-Cortez threatened to put them on a “list” and primary them in 2020. The message to freshman Democrats was clear: Get with the program or we will kill your careers.
When is Mitch McConnell going to have that meeting with Republicans?
Oh, right – never. In fact, McConnell probably held a meeting and asked for volunteers to vote in favor of Pelosi’s bill. “Come on, guys. We need two more votes to back up Murkowski and Collins! Who’s it gonna be?”
Here’s a quick perusal of the horrific crimes committed on American soil by illegal aliens since President Trump declared the border wall National Emergency on February 15:
- In Houston, an illegal alien beat his two-week-old son to death when the child wouldn’t stop crying.
- In sanctuary city Philadelphia, a previously-deported illegal alien was sentenced to prison for repeatedly raping an 8-year-old child.
- In Presidio, TX, an illegal alien with a double-murder warrant for his arrest was picked up by the Border Patrol.
- In North Carolina, one illegal alien was arrested for statutory rape and another was arrested for kidnapping and beating a woman.
- Another illegal in North Carolina was arrested after he strangled a woman to death in front of her child.
- In California, two illegal aliens were arrested in separate incidents for raping children under the age of 14.
- In New York, three MS-13 members were arrested for stabbing a 16-year-old boy to death.
- In Florida, a woman who was 8 months pregnant lost her baby when a drunk-driving illegal crashed into her car.
- In Kentucky, a state that Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell might both have some familiarity with, an illegal alien from Mexico was arrested for repeatedly raping a 15-year-old girl.
Those are just nine examples out of thousands of people who have been victimized by the diversity-is-our-strength crowd since President Trump declared a National Emergency to build the wall.
But don’t worry, America. Sen. Rand Paul will protect Macedonia from those Albanian insurgents.