Senator Rounds lied about the budget this weekend; now Senator John Thune lies on WNAX about Speaker-in-Waiting Nancy Pelosi and Democratic immigration policy:
President Trump and Republicans for sure and I hope some Democrats, you know, want to secure our border, but there are a lot of Democrats that don’t. I mean, Nancy Pelosi has said that a wall is immoral and she’s got a lot of members of her caucus who I think are frankly just people who support open borders. I happen to think border security is an important matter, it’s a matter of national security, and I think it’s also a priority for the American people [Sen. John Thune, interviewed in “SD Senator John Thune; [sic] Border Wall Funding Key to Government Shutdown,” WNAX Radio, 2018.12.17].
And holy Hannah Haystack, stop right there, WNAX: that’s no place for a semicolon. Semi-colons have three uses: connecting two clauses that could stand on their own as complete sentences (or here, in journobreviation, headlines); separating items in com(ma)plicated lists, like a list of the cities and states one intends to visit in 2019, 2020, and 2021; and signaling who didn’t pay attention in composition class when the teacher explained the only two legitimate uses of semicolons.
—Now, where was I? Oh yeah, my other Senator lying to us—
Senator Thune’s horsehockey may be translated thus:
We’re the good guys. Democrats who don’t do what we say are bad guys. Nancy Pelosi is making some airy-fairy “moral” argument, and everyone knows from our support for Trump that morals are for sissies. I’ll ascribe a silly position no one holds to some unnamed Democrats, and my Fox News fans will assume my assertion is actual fact about all Democrats, while the gutless reporters back home will leave the fallacy unchecked. Oh yeah, and we Republicans are real Americans, and Democrats aren’t.
Representative Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic Party do not favor open borders. Representative Pelosi and the rest of us Demcorats support border security more than Senator Thune, because instead of supporting policies just to prove Donald Trump’s manhood, we support policies that actually work.
Border walls are not among border security policies that work:
…[Border walls] are temporary fixes, necessary when a more comprehensive solution is unworkable. Separation barriers by themselves cannot stem the migration impulse, or remove the cause of war; they are fundamentally a way to postpone making larger and more difficult policy decisions.
Sometimes, barriers can even make things worse. When a wall is built and a lasting solution postponed, its builders run the risk that the temporary fix will aggravate the problem it was designed to alleviate. After all, when a barrier becomes an established feature of the geopolitical landscape, it often offers a rallying point for unresolved tensions, becoming a suppurating wound causing perpetual irritation [Michael Dear, “The World Is Full of Walls That Don’t Work,” Politico, 2016.08.16].
Senator John Thune, like Donald Trump, just wants to keep shouting and lying to pump himself up. We Democrats actually want to solve problems. The American people spoke in November, Senator Thune: they want Congress to get back to forging bipartisan solutions, like that really nice liberal Farm Bill you passed last week (and which maybe you ought to remind Trump to sign already so we can all order our hemp seeds). Drop the wall, pass the rest of the budget, let federal workers collect their Christmas paychecks, and bring on Speaker Pelosi and the problem-solving, truth-telling Democratic House.