You Do Not Go To War With Your Own People

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Donald Trump is making the exact same tragic mistake that other prominent leaders have made in the past. You never, ever, ever go to war with your own people. Yes, you may have some very serious disagreements with your own team sometimes, but you never go to war with them. When Trump openly declared war on the Freedom Caucus, he immediately lost the support of millions of conservatives. And now Trump is going to have a tremendously difficult time getting anything on his agenda through Congress, because without Freedom Caucus votes the Democrats will be able to block just about everything that Trump wants to do.

 

Yes, I understand that Trump is upset because his healthcare legislation failed. But instead of getting angry and lashing out at the people that should be his closest allies in Congress, perhaps he should take another look at the bill.

The truth is that it was called “Obamacare Lite” for a reason. It was an absolute nightmare of a bill, and conservatives all over the nation were united in their opposition of it.

When you are a leader, sometimes you have to be willing to admit that you were wrong.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump is not very good at admitting when he is not right about something.

Instead of the path of humility, Trump has decided to go to war with the Freedom Caucus. On Friday, Trump actually posted a tweet that urged his supporters to “fight” the Freedom Caucus during the election of 2018…

The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!

No, conservatives will definitely not be attempting to remove the best members of Congress in 2018. For Trump to even suggest this is absolute madness.

Trump desperately needs friends in Congress, and the members of the Freedom Caucus could be his best friends if he would just work with them.

But instead he is deeply alienating them, and after Trump’s tweet on Friday a couple members of the Freedom Caucus struck back at him. One of them was U.S. Representative Thomas Massie

@realDonaldTrump it’s a swamp not a hot tub. We both came here to drain it. polls 17%. Sad!

Another member of the Freedom Caucus that fired back at Trump was U.S. Representative Justin Amash

It didn’t take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr. President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment.

What in the world is Trump hoping to accomplish by feuding with these conservatives?

If Trump wants to repeal Obamacare, he should just push the same clean repeal bill that was passed by the House right near the end of Obama’s time in office.

During the campaign season, Trump’s desire to fight with everyone ended up working for him, but in Washington you are going to need some friends if you actually want to accomplish anything. The members of the Freedom Caucus would have supported more of Trump’s agenda than any other group in the House of Representatives, but now he has gone to war with them.

I don’t know if I have the words to describe the utter foolishness of that move.

But even after threatening to go after their jobs in the next election, some members of the Freedom Caucus are still being conciliatory. One of them is Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador

@realDonaldTrump Freedom Caucus stood with u when others ran. Remember who your real friends are. We’re trying to help u succeed.

And Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan told Fox News that his group is “trying to help the president”

Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan, however, refused to take Trump’s bait during an interview on “America’s Newsroom.”

“We appreciate the president,” Jordan said. “We’re trying to help the president, but the fact is you have to look at the legislation.”

He added: “I’m not here to assign blame to anyone…what I focus on doing is doing what I told the voters we’re going to do.”

Instead of trying to bully his friends, Trump should try listening to them instead.

But even before it became clear that Obamacare Lite would not pass, he was threatening members of the Freedom Caucus with primary challenges if they would not vote the way that he wanted…

President Trump dared Rep. Mark Sanford to vote against the Obamacare repeal bill last week so he could put a primary challenger against the former governor in 2018, the congressman said.

According to Sanford, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told him, “The president asked me to look you square in the eyes and to say that he hoped that you voted ‘no’ on this bill so he could run (a primary challenger) against you in 2018,” according to The Post and Courier, which first reported the story. Mulvaney, a friend of Sanford’s, was a South Carolina congressman before he joined the administration.

This is one of the signs of a weak and ineffective leader. I have seen other “leaders” try to use their power to bully people into doing what they want done, and it rarely works.

If Trump keeps acting like this, pretty soon he is not going to have any friends left. During the campaign season, Matt Drudge was one of Trump’s most fervent supporters, but now even Drudge appears to be turning on him

In early February, Drudge tweeted that the “Republican party should be sued for fraud. NO discussion of tax cuts now. Just lots of crazy. Back to basics, guys!” and “No Obamacare repeal, tax cuts! But Republicans vote to shut Warren? Only know how to be opposition not lead! DANGER ”

One month later, Drudge was even more direct, saying “Republicans lied about wanting tax cuts. Can we get our votes back?”

Then, last Thursday, amid the struggle to rally enough Republican votes to pass an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace plan, he tweeted, “The swamp drains you,” which many saw as a jab at President Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.”

When a leader goes to war with his own people, it almost always results in a tragic ending.

Yes, Trump could perhaps take down a couple members of Congress in the 2018 election, but Trump will find that his entire presidency is paralyzed if he doesn’t have any friends in Congress.

For example, if a spending bill in not passed by April 28th, a government shutdown will begin on April 29th.

So without the help of the Freedom Caucus, where is Trump going to get the votes that he needs to avoid a shutdown?

Is Trump going to team up with the Democrats?

I don’t think so.

Without some friends in Congress, there will be no spending bill, the debt ceiling will not get raised, there will be no border wall, there will be no tax cuts, there will be no enhanced border security, there will be no trillion dollar infrastructure plan, there will be no new military spending and nothing else that Trump wants to do will get done either.

Trump is going to learn a very hard lesson that many other prominent leaders in the past have also learned.

You do not go to war with your own people.

 
  • It was all a drama Michael. Trump, Obama are actors playing the script. The sooner American realize the con, the better for their well being.

    Its 100% guaranteed. The only thing Trump will bring to Americans is CHAOS.

    • David

      Hillary would have brought worse. you don’t have a country if you can’t secure your borders.

      • Guess what! It shouldn’t have been former Secretary of State Clinton versus Crooked Donald in the first place! We signed our own death warrant when we let that vile orange 💩 get the Republican nomination.

        The U.S. keeps a Lefty in Office for eight years… then immediately follows up with a Righty for eight years… then once again with eight years of a Lefty… then the Righty, then… well, let’s just say you have to be more stupid than a Trump supporter if you don’t see the pattern. WE WERE GOING TO GET A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT IN NOVEMBER 2016 NO MATTER WHO RAN. As lame as the other dozen+ GOP candidates were, they would have advanced the path of the GOP and of America.

        Don’t forget, Dishonest Donald only became a Republican so he could run as one. He was a celebrity-obsessed, wealthy, socialite-chasing, “Who’s Who” Democrat who hung out with his besties, Bill & Hillary Clinton every chance he got. He was NO Republican, and he is still not one now.

    • penny

      This site is more mainstream. See blacklistednews.
      It’s actually the Federal Reserve in charge which is a private bank controlling us.

  • Scot Wm

    Wow! So Matt Drudge has turned against Donald Trump. It’s only a matter of time before Alex Jones does the same. The most important lesson that Donald Trump has taught us is that we don’t need a president. As a matter of fact, we would probably be better off without a president.

    • It’s not just rats who know a sinking ship when they see one.

      All the passengers have been seeing the water gushing onto the ship for too long now, with Captain Conman blasting holes into the bow and stern since before moving into the White House alone.

      Matt Drudge just wants to keep a job in the end. Can’t say as I blame him. He’s seeing the wind change and he only wants to be on the right side of Donald’s downfall.

  • Strongsafe

    Luke 22:36.

  • watchmannonthewall

    God goes to war with His own people when they are wrong. We are not supposed to be like the nations.

    All too often I see people, family, friends, political parties, patrons-clients, circle the wagons protecting those who should not be protected instead of calling them out on things they have done/are doing wrong.

    I have no love for Obamacare but I do know it has taken about 7 years to get where we are with it and all of it still hasn’t been implemented. So now we are supposed to entirely get rid of it, just 3 months after we’ve elected a new president? Really?

    Does anyone know the ramifications of that course of action? No one thought Trump would win and Hillary wasn’t about to gut it! Right? So were there really any serious republician studies done on what to do if the opportunity to redo health care presented itself? It seems to me a number of those against changing it were republicians from the east side (RINO’s?). Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    What is going to replace it? How are those who actually benefit from it going to keep their health care? How are you going to get employers to go back into the market and purchase it for employees? Mandate it? They have been pocketing the savings by eliminating their programs, a dollar for dollar effect on the bottom line!

    Face the facts; The healthcare environment has completely changed in the last 7 years since Obamacare was passed. We are not going to be able to go back and completely undo what has been done. A one step approach at a time makes a lot more sense to me than completely revamping medical access. There is a tremendous need to address the more onerous features of the present law immediately than to try and fight a war without ever fighting and winning the necessary battles that will allow for winning the war. I think the Congressional republicians have been a bit shortsighted.

    Additionally, unless the republicians know for sure exactly what they are doing in passing a new bill, and the bahaviors people will take once it is place, should it blow up in their faces before the next election, they will take a heavy hit on the issue. I’m not convinced that 3 months is enough time to gut and replace the present leviathian wihtout doing a great deal of damage!

    I suppport the president in getting something done right away and expect health care will continue to evolve over the next few years, if they just begin to roll back portions of Obamacare. Perhaps looking at things in a positive manner rather than, “If I can’t get everything I want, I’ll vote ‘No'”, would be a wise course of action.

    • autism sucks

      We are not supposed to be like the nations?? What?
      Israel is the chosen people! America is not.

      • Long Ben

        Today’s Israel if they are Abraham’s seed at all, ( not, certain one way or another) if yes, are more accurately called Judah. The Ten+ tribes of the Northern House of Israel were carried away captive by Assyria, there is no biblical record up to this time ( except for future prophecy) of them ever returning to land promised to Abraham’s seed, (certainly not before Christ’s physical time on earth) Judah after the Babylonian captivity did return to the Land, as described in Ezra and Nehemiah. Not so the Northern Kingdom, and Well and glorious it was that they did not, otherwise how would it be that the Lord accomplished his promise to Abraham (as it turns out) to make of Abraham’s legitimate seed many Nations? Genesis 17:4

        • watchmannonthewall

          An excellent, biblical, observation and one which many christians, since they do not read the front of The Book, have no knowledge! Thank you!

  • Cindi Cauffman

    Totally wrong. None of the Freedom Caucus supported Trump; they were all #NeverTrumpers. They still are, which is why he called them out. Look closer, the so-called Freedom Caucus is anything but.

    • IM Sayldog

      I’ve been an Amash supporter, he’s as close to a libertarian as anybody
      else in Congress, but I was disappointed in his failure to support Trump
      as the opposition to Hillary in the Presidential Election.

      To say that Trump has “lost” these people isn’t true, Trump NEVER HAD
      the support of them, and the truth is that the voters who put Trump in
      the Presidency voted for him precisely for that reason. Their vote was a
      big F U to ALL of the establishment.

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  • Mr.Cipher

    Make America great again. Hope and change .. its all BS

  • tds

    Google is supporting Islam. Go to their homepage and there’s a clip art of a bunch of people standing together in solidarity including someone wearing a burka with an Islamic symbol on their shirt.
    Three people standing next to the Muslim: a Jew, LGBT and Christian!

    So Google thinks Muslims, Jews, gays, Christians can peacefully coexist!

    • G-d and Jesus know that Muslims, Jews, gays, Christians can co-exist peacefully too, you know.

      As always, the only people who refuse to let the lion lay down peacefully with the lamb are Jesus’ phony followers who are more interested in how many guns they can collect, how many foreigners they can send back to he||holes, how many Bible verses they can p3rvert, and how many Muslims, Jews, and LGBTs they can *pray* go to He||.

  • Strongsafe

    Luke 22:36