Why Doesn’t Anyone Ask…?

 

All the lies and exaggerations from the Democrats periodically exceed my tolerance for nonsense. And I have a pretty high tolerance. But I’m frustrated that there is no venue for the Republicans to insist that the Democrats provide some answers to their absurd claims and attacks against Trump. Isn’t there some way we can force the Dems to respond to the following questions?

  • Why won’t you acknowledge that terrorists and gang members have been apprehended at the border?
  • How are your decisions helping to protect Americans?
  • Why don’t you see the approach of another caravan as a problem?
  • Why are you saying that constructing a barrier is immoral?
  • Why aren’t you considering the assessments of the Border Patrol, that they need a wall to protect the country?
  • At what point did it become clear to you that a wall was not helpful, given that you approved a wall just a few years ago?
  • If you are a compassionate person, why would you want to give illegal migrants the impression that it is safe to bring their children?
  • You say walls are not effective, and yet the segments of our border that have walls or fences have worked? How do you respond?
  • What data can you provide that shows that walls aren’t effective?
  • Why should we believe that if we re-open the government that you would negotiate in good faith?

I would want specific answers to these questions. They are in no way intended to be rhetorical. I’m tired of the schoolyard attacks; all the Democrats who insisted that Trump was going to lie and scare-monger before his speech looked like petty adolescents to me.

It is mind-boggling to think that the Democrats are unwilling to negotiate with the President on the wall at all. Do you think that most of the American public realizes that this is not even an ideological battle, but a war on Trump? Is the public so willing to accept the personal grudges of Pelosi and Schumer against Trump in place of decent public policy?

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  1. Percival Thatcher

    A real press corps should be able to handle all that.

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    • January 9, 2019, at 11:08 AM PDT
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  2. Vance Richards Member

    Susan Quinn:

    • Why won’t you acknowledge that terrorists and gang members have been apprehended at the border?

    Yeah, but it’s not that many and . . . come on, it’s Trump

    • How are your decisions helping to protect Americans?

    What are you? Some type of Trump worshipper?

    • Why don’t you see the approach of another caravan as a problem?

    We have plenty of room and the undocumented never commit crimes, ever!

    • Why are you saying that constructing a barrier is immoral?

    Cause that’s not us (or is it U.S.?)

    • Why aren’t you considering the assessments of the Border Patrol, that they need a wall to protect the country?

    ICE is a terror group.

    • At what point did it become clear to you that a wall was not helpful, given that you approved a wall just a few years ago?

    Trump wasn’t president years ago, was he?

    • If you are a compassionate person, why would you want to give illegal migrants the impression that it is safe to bring their children?

    So you hate children?

    • You say walls are not effective, and yet the segments of our border that have walls or fences have worked? How do you respond?
    • What data can you provide that shows that walls aren’t effective?

    What is this, the Middle Ages? Walls are old technology and, of course, immoral.

    • Why should we believe that if we re-open the government that you would negotiate in good faith?

    We won’t, but at least we will be able to say we ended Trump’s evil shutdown.

    These replies seem snarky (even for me) but, while good logical questions, I wouldn’t expect to receive better answers than those from the lefties I know. Hopefully you know more intellectually honest Liberals than I do.

     

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    • January 9, 2019, at 11:10 AM PDT
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  3. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Recently in California a police officer who was a legal immigrant from Fiji was murdered by an illegal alien with a long criminal record. Do you think it is immoral for cities and states to provide sanctuary to illegal aliens with criminal records? If not, why not?

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    • January 9, 2019, at 11:14 AM PDT
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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Vance Richards (View Comment):
    These replies seem snarky (even for me) but, while good logical questions, I wouldn’t expect to receive better answers than those from the lefties I know. Hopefully you know more intellectually honest Liberals than I do.

    Nope. I don’t.

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    • January 9, 2019, at 11:23 AM PDT
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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Recently in California a police officer who was a legal immigrant from Fiji was murdered by an illegal alien with a long criminal record. Do you think it is immoral for cities and states to provide sanctuary to illegal aliens with criminal records? If not, why not?

    Oh, @gumbymark, that’s a great one! Actually I think we should add the questions we need answered, don’t you?? Although open-ended questions are probably more helpful!

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    • January 9, 2019, at 11:25 AM PDT
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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    I was almost going to re-write the post, to imagine that Pres. Trump started the negotiations today with these questions, preceded by:

    Nancy and Chuck, I was disappointed at your response to my speech, since it was clearly intended as a personal attack and not a substantive response. But I really want us to understand each other and have an effective discussion. So before we begin the negotiations, I think it would be a great idea for you to respond to this list of questions, so that we can understand each other better.

    Don’t you think that would be helpful?

     

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    • January 9, 2019, at 11:28 AM PDT
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  7. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher

    Since you oppose the wall, what are the specific measures you would support to ensure security at our borders against illegal immigration?

    What are the specific measures you would support to address illegal immigrants already in this country?

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    • January 9, 2019, at 11:44 AM PDT
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  8. DrewInWisconsin Member

    Susan Quinn: But I’m frustrated that there is no venue for the Republicans to insist that the Democrats provide some answers to their absurd claims and attacks against Trump.

    Are the Republicans interested in doing that?

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    • January 9, 2019, at 11:45 AM PDT
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  9. Spin Inactive

    I can answer on their behalf:

    Why do you hate Mexicans?

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    • January 9, 2019, at 11:45 AM PDT
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  10. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: But I’m frustrated that there is no venue for the Republicans to insist that the Democrats provide some answers to their absurd claims and attacks against Trump.

    Are the Republicans interested in doing that?

    Oh, now that’s an interesting question. Maybe someone should ask them, “So whose side are you on, anyway?!”

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    • January 9, 2019, at 11:55 AM PDT
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  11. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Since you oppose the wall, what are the specific measures you would support to ensure security at our borders against illegal immigration?

    What are the specific measures you would support to address illegal immigrants already in this country?

    Using a word like “specific” will give them heart attacks. Yes, it will . . .

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    • January 9, 2019, at 12:25 PM PDT
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  12. DrewInWisconsin Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    Since you oppose the wall, what are the specific measures you would support to ensure security at our borders against illegal immigration?

    What are the specific measures you would support to address illegal immigrants already in this country?

    Using a word like “specific” will give them heart attacks. Yes, it will . . .

    Politicians are experts at dodging questions about specifics. That’s why they’re politicians. And it’s not like the press would call them out on it.

    Let’s face it — as long as we have a press that willingly acts as the propaganda arm of one political party, we will never win any of these showdowns.

    There’s a reason why revolutions always involve taking control of the press first. They control the press. They win. Even when they’re the minority party, they control the press, and they know that being out of power is only a temporary state.

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    • January 9, 2019, at 12:33 PM PDT
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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):

    Politicians are experts at dodging questions about specifics. That’s why they’re politicians. And it’s not like the press would call them out on it.

    Let’s face it — as long as we have a press that willingly acts as the propaganda arm of one political party, we will never win any of these showdowns.

    There’s a reason why revolutions always involve taking control of the press first. They control the press. They win. Even when they’re the minority party, they control the press, and they know that being out of power is only a temporary state.

    All true. And then they’ll try to come for our guns. Notice I used the word “try.”

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    • January 9, 2019, at 12:39 PM PDT
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  14. Stad Thatcher

    Susan Quinn: I would want specific answers to these questions.

    You won’t get them, because the answers weaken or destroy the Dem’s position.

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    • January 9, 2019, at 12:46 PM PDT
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  15. Vance Richards Member

    Susan Quinn: Why should we believe that if we re-open the government that you would negotiate in good faith?

     

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    • January 9, 2019, at 12:47 PM PDT
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  16. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Stad (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: I would want specific answers to these questions.

    You won’t get them, because the answers weaken or destroy the Dem’s position.

    I know we won’t get them, but if some reporter out there would repeatedly ask these kinds of questions and demand real answers, people will see their unwillingness to answer. I want them to get real, real uncomfortable. Right now they’re cruisin’ . . .

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    • January 9, 2019, at 1:06 PM PDT
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  17. Manny Member

    Completely agree Susan. This has been so dishonest by the news media. It’s as if open borders were a human right or part of our bill of rights. They never ask the Dems any difficult questions any more. There is no legitimate news media. We have to take this over their heads and buy advertisement across the country.

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    • January 9, 2019, at 4:58 PM PDT
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  18. Rodin Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I was almost going to re-write the post, to imagine that Pres. Trump started the negotiations today with these questions, preceded by:

    Nancy and Chuck, I was disappointed at your response to my speech, since it was clearly intended as a personal attack and not a substantive response. But I really want us to understand each other and have an effective discussion. So before we begin the negotiations, I think it would be a great idea for you to respond to this list of questions, so that we can understand each other better.

    Don’t you think that would be helpful?

    Actually Trump had an even better question today: He asked if he opened up the government today would he have border wall funding in 30 days? Nancy said “no”. So even their claim that if you only open up the government we can address border security is false.

    (Edit: Apologies to @vance who had already posted at #15.)

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    • January 9, 2019, at 5:02 PM PDT
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  19. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Manny (View Comment):

    Completely agree Susan. This has been so dishonest by the news media. It’s as if open borders were a human right or part of our bill of rights. They never ask the Dems any difficult questions any more. There is no legitimate news media. We have to take this over their heads and buy advertisement across the country.

    I’ve mentioned advertising in the past, @manny, but people haven’t agreed with me. If we had a statesman speak out, maybe someone reputable from the past, in TV or radio ads, I don’t understand why that might not help. How about Joe Lieberman?

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    • January 9, 2019, at 6:14 PM PDT
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  20. Manny Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    Completely agree Susan. This has been so dishonest by the news media. It’s as if open borders were a human right or part of our bill of rights. They never ask the Dems any difficult questions any more. There is no legitimate news media. We have to take this over their heads and buy advertisement across the country.

    I’ve mentioned advertising in the past, @manny, but people haven’t agreed with me. If we had a statesman speak out, maybe someone reputable from the past, in TV or radio ads, I don’t understand why that might not help. How about Joe Lieberman?

    Joe Lieberman would be great but would he support Trump? I don’t picture him as a Trump supporter.

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    • January 9, 2019, at 6:18 PM PDT
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  21. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Manny (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    Completely agree Susan. This has been so dishonest by the news media. It’s as if open borders were a human right or part of our bill of rights. They never ask the Dems any difficult questions any more. There is no legitimate news media. We have to take this over their heads and buy advertisement across the country.

    I’ve mentioned advertising in the past, @manny, but people haven’t agreed with me. If we had a statesman speak out, maybe someone reputable from the past, in TV or radio ads, I don’t understand why that might not help. How about Joe Lieberman?

    Joe Lieberman would be great but would he support Trump? I don’t picture him as a Trump supporter.

    I doubt he likes Trump, but I think he is a man who supports fairness, and Trump is getting a raw deal. Remember, Lieberman last ran as an Independent.

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    • January 9, 2019, at 6:21 PM PDT
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  22. Rodin Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    Remember, Lieberman last ran as an Independent.

    Then caucused with the Democrats (IIRC).

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    • January 9, 2019, at 6:36 PM PDT
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  23. DonG Coolidge

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    I’ve mentioned advertising in the past, @manny, but people haven’t agreed with me. If we had a statesman speak out, maybe someone reputable from the past, in TV or radio ads, I don’t understand why that might not help.

    This is a dilemma. Trump is the best spokesperson to get the message to the people, but he is a subpar speaker and the media hate him. Ideally there would be 250 GOP members of Congress saying the same thing over and over again to every gathering of people and camera and microphone. However, the old guard GOP likes lower wages and workers who don’t complain much. 

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    • January 9, 2019, at 8:48 PM PDT
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  24. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Susan Quinn: Why are you saying that constructing a barrier is immoral?

    Speaker Pelosi, throw open this hall (of Congress)! [With apologies to @peterrobinson]

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    • January 9, 2019, at 9:14 PM PDT
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  25. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    DonG (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    I’ve mentioned advertising in the past, @manny, but people haven’t agreed with me. If we had a statesman speak out, maybe someone reputable from the past, in TV or radio ads, I don’t understand why that might not help.

    This is a dilemma. Trump is the best spokesperson to get the message to the people, but he is a subpar speaker and the media hate him. Ideally there would be 250 GOP members of Congress saying the same thing over and over again to every gathering of people and camera and microphone. However, the old guard GOP likes lower wages and workers who don’t complain much.

    It is a dilemma. The only ones I’ve seen are Steve Scalise, Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan and a couple of others. Most other Republicans are AWOL. At times like this, the rest of them should be ashamed. Especially because they are supposed to represent us, whether they like Trump or not.

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    • January 10, 2019, at 6:00 AM PDT
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  26. EJHill Podcaster

    You see migrants. They see replacement voters.

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    • January 10, 2019, at 1:12 PM PDT
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  27. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    You see migrants. They see replacement voters.

    @ejhill, that is so incredibly obvious, and they don’t care if we know it (although they won’t admit it that desire).

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    • January 10, 2019, at 1:34 PM PDT
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  28. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    My guess is that right about now, we can all relax. I have it on good authority that the Dems finally see how there really is a need to build the Wall:

     

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    • January 11, 2019, at 1:53 AM PDT
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  29. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    My guess is that right about now, we can all relax. I have it on good authority that the Dems finally see how there really is a need to build the Wall:

     

    Love it! 

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    • January 11, 2019, at 3:42 AM PDT
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  30. Songwriter Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    A real press corps should be able to handle all that.

    Now if we could just get one of those…

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    • January 11, 2019, at 6:22 AM PDT
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