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.
1/21/2019 09:44:15 am
Dear Dr. Gonzalez, I am one of ur stronger and vocal choir members. Yet, I must remind U that U R preaching to the choir, and if U watch CNN or MSNBC, U will C that the left is not being taught the lessons that U would like to believe. The media and Pelosi's congressional cohorts R applauding her for how she is outsmarting our POTUS, and not one member of the media has criticised her holiday vacation while our POTUS was sitting in the White House hoping for intelligent debate and NEGOTIATIONS. And now she thinks she is the President going on a fact finding trip to Afghanistan and once again being unavailable for WALL NEGOTIATIONS. She has clearly stated that there is NO NEGOTIATING THIS WALL FROM THE DEMOCRATIC END, and our president foolishly, yet bravely said he would accept the responsibility for the shutdown, only realizing his mistake, when he saw how much the LEFT likes to say he is the one responsible for the shutdown.
1/21/2019 01:02:15 pm
My concern with the President ending the "shut down" and using his executive pen to push the wall forward is that there will most certainly be lawsuits that will tie the forward motion of the wall even further along. The liberals must dig themselves out of this hole that Pelosi has dug for them. Our President extended a valid proposal that was not even considered before the proposal was offered. Their conceit is so obvious and their elitism is nauseating.
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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.