So here we are, with all our major problems the government has come to a screeching halt over spending less than 6 billion dollars out of over 4 trillion dollars. Could anything better show the dysfunction of our two-party system? This should not surprise anyone who had read our series on the “Future Party” (Available on this site). Due in no small measure to our two major parties primary systems, the extremes in both party’s have obtained a veto power over their actions. President Trump made building a great wall across our southern border paid for by Mexico the cornerstone of his 2016 campaign. However, in his first two years did little on this monumental building project. It was only when the last continuing resolution to fund the government before the Democrats took control of the house was agreed on by everyone including the president without funds for the wall was about to approved that the populist wing of the Republican party woke up. If they didn’t get the funds now they may never their great wall. Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and indeed most of talk radio suddenly rose up and informed Trump this wasn’t acceptable. They represent the base and without his base he’s finished. They are his power. We warned in our 1/30/17 post AND THEN THE REPUBLICANS and even the 8/29/16 post Questions. Do the Libertarians want to win? Do Republicans want to exist? of exactly this happening. Up to this point, the Trump administration no matter how it appeared has actually worked towards conventional Republican ends, lower taxes, less regulation, conservative judges and a continued world presence. No wall, repeal of Obama Care or a pullback from the rest of the world left the base asking “when do you give us our stuff?” Predictably, agreement or not Trump abruptly changed his mind and dug in. He had no choice.
One might think the Democratic congressional leadership eager to show their governing chops, would toss Trump a bone for his wall and move on to more substantial things. Yet, here they are just as dug in as Trump. Turns out to a great swath of the party, giving Trump his great wall isn’t what they elected the new house majority to do. For their populist wing, you can’t fund a monumental wall for someone you hope to impeach. Pelosi only got the nod to regain her Speakership by promising her left-wing to be tough on the President. Further the multitude of Democrats running for the right to oppose Trump 2020 simply can’t be seen as giving in to Trump. One scathing internet attack by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could leave your campaign stillborn. If the number of possible candidates on the Senate Judiciary committee during the Kavanaugh hearings are any indication these aren’t people known for their character. Remember they were ready to destroy a fine man on absolutely no evidence to curry the favor of the party base. Remember all those Democratic congressional candidates touting their ability to work across the aisle? Where are they when you need them?