There is one question that remains unanswered for Republicans who are laying blame for this partial government shutdown at the foot of Senate Democrats.
I am not suggesting they’re wrong. I agree that the Senate Democrats are overplaying their hand in refusing to support $5.7 billion in funding for the border wall. I agree that the money is reasonable and the cause is worthy.
It will be a common theme throughout The Iowa Standard — but the basic role of the government is to protect its citizens and enforce its laws. There is nothing unbiblical about borders.
There’s no debate that we need the wall.
But here is the question that needs asked and answered:
Why did the funding not come at any point in the last two years?
Republicans controlled the House, the Senate and the Presidency. So how is this border funding problem just arising now? Why didn’t Republicans figure out a way to get this done at any point in 2017 or 2018?
It is obvious to anyone with a pulse that the reason Donald Trump is president and not Hillary Clinton is because of Trump’s strict immigration policies. It was a winning issue in 2016 and it would’ve been a winning issue in 2018 — if it had been an issue.
Had this shutdown happened a few months ago, then voters could’ve decided which party was responsible and which party was unreasonable.
Had this shutdown happened in 2017 or earlier in 2018, perhaps Republicans wouldn’t be in near panic mode to find a way to fund the wall before Democrats take over the House of Representatives in a week or so.
Perhaps, if the Senate Democrats were held to the fire on border wall funding, similar to how they were held to the fire on the Justice Kavanaugh confirmation, voters would’ve rewarded the Republican Party in November. Or better yet, perhaps the border wall would’ve been funded.
Either way, if one of those two things happened prior to the 2018 election, it’s reasonable to believe Republicans would’ve maintained control of the House.
But because of their inaction, we’ll never know. And the only way our country’s security is increased is if enough Democrats cross the aisle and do the right thing.
Nothing in recent history suggests that’ll happen.
So instead, Republican voters lose even after winning in 2016.
And if this continues, it’ll be by Republicans lose even more in 2020.