Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
For some time, I have been saying that 2019 is going to be a great year for conservatives. For the first time in recent history, we are faced with a situation where there exists a divided Congress with a President who is holding firmly to conservative positions. As a result, we now are able to contrast conservative approaches to our nation's problems directly with those taking liberal positions.
So far, 2019 has held true to this expectation with the outlandish proposals made by Democrats on such matters as Medicare for all and a 70% marginal tax rate.
But the contrast is spanning far beyond substantive differences. The differences between the quality of leadership displayed by Democrats and those of Republicans is also stark. Already, we have seen glaring examples of dysfunctionality from the left in the actions of Rashida Talib with her use of foul language to refer to the President of the United States and Hank Johnson's insults of Trump supporters as Nazis who are dying from drug overdose and broken hearts.
On the other hand, when Steve King so much as questioned the evil of white nationalism, the reaction from the Republican ranks was swift and clear. He was openly reprimanded and quickly stripped of his committee assignments.
Indeed, the latest example of the Democrats' dysfunctionality happened yesterday when Nancy Pelosi disinvited President Donald J. Trump from delivering the State of the Union Address in the House Chambers on January 29. In her letter (available in the Library under "Breaking"), Pelosi claims that the reason she would not be offering the Chamber for the President's constitutionally-required report is because of security considerations since, after all, we are in the midst of a government shutdown and will therefore not be able to ensure the safety of those in attendance.
There are a number of glaring inconsistencies in Pelosi's statement that reveal her letter to be a complete fraud. First, in true Democratic fashion of not allowing the truth of the matter to interfere with their argument, Pelosi didn't even bother to call Secret Service to find out whether they would actually not be ready. In point of fact, Secret Service is ready to ensure the security of those in attendance at the State of the Union Address and would have told Pelosi as much had she or anyone from her office bothered to ask!
Just as impressively and inconsistently, Pelosi's original invitation to the President was dated after the government shutdown had started. In other words, since the government was already shut down when Pelosi wrote the letter, nothing has changed that would have altered her position.
Finally, and more subtly, Pelosi's exaggerated concern for the attendees to the State of the Union Address begs the question of why she isn't just as concerned about the security of our borders and the wellbeing of the American people. Obviously, she values the safety of her fellow politicians more than she does that of the people of the United States.
Nancy Pelosi's positions have always been contemptible and motivated by her own selfish aspirations. Although many of us in the conservative ranks have appreciated this for years, 2019 is giving us the opportunity to bring Pelosi's selfishness to the forefront. Her immature, disingenuous, and sophomoric behavior regarding the State of the Union Address is no exception.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and served in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Dr. Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon and lawyer who served as State Representative for South Sarasota County in Florida for four years. He is the author of Heathcare Reform: The Truth, The Federalist Pages, and The Case for Free Market Healthcare.