No one was sure what was going to happen.
The government is in disarray.
Nancy Pelosi drew a red line in the sand on the military with this dare to Trump.
In a new move, Democrats are claiming to force a government shutdown if the statues of white Southern politicians are not removed immediately.
The power to force this shutdown comes from the control House Democrats have over appropriation bills that fund the government.
If these bills do not get passed, the government technically runs out of money on September 30.
This political move is dangerously double-edged.
Rick Moran states:
“The move is a political ploy to force Republicans into an uncomfortable political position while displaying their racial bona fides to the mob.”
Thus, the Democrats are using their chokehold on this situation to force the Republicans into a tight spot.
Do they cave to Republicans and the demands of the people?
Or do they admit this whole thing is going too far?
Additionally, the Democrats are using this situation as leverage with the rioters to gain more people to their side.
Nancy Pelosi firmly believes the statues should be removed and is consistently pushing for their removal.
She, like her fellow Democrats, wants to convince the people they are on their side.
But will the removal of these statues truly accomplish anything?
The issue with the statues is that their removal will not directly impact the lives the rioters are trying to make better.
The statues are merely cosmetic.
Any true solution needs to treat the root of the cause, not just the stuff on the surface.
On the other hand, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says they have no power over the statues and the people who donated them should decide what to do with them.
“Every state is allowed two statues. They can trade them out at any time. A number of states are trading them out now, but I think that’s the appropriate way to deal with the statue issue. The states make the decision.”
This answer is a fair way to deal with the situation, but almost sounds suspiciously like a cop-out on his part.
By leaving the decision up to the individual states, he takes no part – and therefore none of the blame – in any resulting catastrophes.
Many states have already chosen to remove the statues of Confederate military officers.
The states that have not will face the wrath of Pelosi and the Democrats.
In addition, the House itself will hold a vote next month to remove a particular statue, a statue honoring Roger B. Taney.
Taney’s legacy should never have been honored as he gave the majority opinion in the Dred Scott case.
This case determined that black people were not citizens and that slavery could be allowed to continue.
It goes without saying that this man’s legacy is not honorable.
But can the same be said for the other statues they are tearing down?
The Civil War is part of American history.
Many Americans argue that if this history is erased the public won’t understand why the war was fought and why it was necessary for the Union to prevail.
One can only hope history will be preserved, not destroyed.