The Patriot Post® · Shutdown Showdown Continues

By Gary Bauer ·

Washington is now in the eighth day of a partial government shutdown. (Have you noticed yet?) And in spite of all the fretting by the media, the fact is Democrats are refusing to talk to President Trump.

According to Politico, “Democratic leaders think the president is playing a losing hand and will be under pressure to relent.” As a result of the current impasse, Congress adjourned Thursday with no plans to return until January 2nd.

President Trump, however, shows no signs of relenting. Thursday, he seized on the assassination of California police officer Ronil Singh to demand funding for the border wall. In a tweet, the president wrote:

“There is right now a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop. Time to get tough on Border Security. Build the Wall!”

This morning, the president doubled down, tweeting this:

“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with.”

My friends, let me remind you what this is all about.

  • The president requested $5 billion for additional border security funding to begin construction of a border wall.

  • The House of Representatives passed a bill approving $5.7 billion for wall funding.

  • Senate Democrats offered $1.3 billion, none of which could be used to build the wall.

  • For some perspective, the $5.7 billion approved by the House for the wall is a lot less – $181 million less – than the government spends on food stamps in one month!

It is beyond absurd that we can’t get this done. But it proves that the left would rather keep the borders open than keep the government open.

By the way, the Los Angeles Times reports that there is another migrant caravan forming in Central America right now. It’s even bigger than the last one with at least 15,000 people planning to start marching north in just a couple of weeks.

The Useless U.N.

From time to time, we have pointed out the most glaring examples of the U.N.‘s bias against Israel, such as approving resolutions denying the Jewish heritage of Jerusalem. As outrageous as these absurd resolutions are, they are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

According to United Nations Watch, the U.N. approved 27 resolutions condemning various abuses by countries around the world. Some of the nations on the list are no surprise – Syria, Russia, Iran, North Korea and Myanmar.

But guess which nation was denounced the most by the U.N. in 2018?

Syria? No.

Iran? Wrong again.

North Korea? Nope.

Incredibly, in the collective “wisdom” of the United Nations, Israel ranks as the “worst” nation in the world with a grand total of 21 out of 27 condemnations in 2018.

Highlighting the utter absurdity of the U.N. and why it is so useless, the world body recently failed to condemn the terrorist group Hamas! Nor was the U.N. willing to condemn Hezbollah’s terror tunnels. Yet it denounces Israel over and over and over again.