Michael Gaynor
Will the Schumer shutdown lead to nuclear war with North Korea?
By Michael Gaynor
January 22, 2018

Bulletin for shutdown Democrats: North Korea is still hellbent on being in position to attack the continental United States with nuclear weapons, and Kim Jung-un, the current Supreme Leader of North Korea, might miscalculate and try to take advantage of the shutdown

"[P]olitics ain't bean-bag" is "[a] response to politicians who complain about the rough and tumble of the campaign trail, below-the-belt shots from their opponents or unfair treatment from the media" (http://politicaldictionary.com/words/politics-aint-beanbag/).

Mr. Dooley, an Irish-American character created by writer Finley Peter Dunne, made that observation in an 1895 newspaper column.

The full quote is: "Sure, politics ain't bean-bag. 'Tis a man's game, an' women, childer, cripples an' prohybitionists 'd do well to keep out iv it."

Things have changed.

In 1917 Montana elected Jeannette Rankin to the United States Congress and in 1920 the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified and "[t]he right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

Women got the vote are now part of the "game," but that "game" is still fort United States citizens, not anyone who wants to become one or live and work in the United States.

The United States Government is now in the third day of a shutdown because Democrats led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California (the so-called "sanctuary state") believe there is political advantage in giving legal status and eventually citizenship to hundreds of thousands of immigrants whose parents brought them illegally into the United States.

The House of Representatives decides issues by majority vote, and there were more than enough House Republican votes to block a government shutdown, so the shutdown is not called the Pelosi shutdown, because she could not deliver the votes needed to cause a shutdown, even though she would have if she could have.

The shutdown is called the Schumer shutdown, because an arcane Senate rule requires a 60 vote majority and Schumer delivered enough Democrat votes to force a shutdown.

Don't blame the Constitution!

The Constitution only requires a super majority for approval of treaties.

The rule could be changed by a majority vote, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky doesn't want to change, perhaps because there are only 51 Senate Republicans and a few of them probably would not support the change.

On January 20, 2018, President Donald Trump tweeted: "Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead."

President Trump is right about that.

President Trump did not mention another, even graver danger that the shutdown Democrats are risking by pretending that Kim Jung-un, the current Supreme Leader of North Korea, is stable and President Trump isn't.

Bulletin for shutdown Democrats: North Korea is still hellbent on being in position to attack the continental United States with nuclear weapons, and Kim Jung-un, the current Supreme Leader of North Korea, might miscalculate and try to take advantage of the shutdown.

President Trump promptly enforced in Syria a "red line" that President Obama had declared but not enforced.

President Trump will not and should not pay blackmail to Kim.

President Trump puts America first and will defend the United States.

That means keeping North Korea from attaining the nuclear capacity to attack the continental United States.

In addressing cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on June 1, 2002, President George W. Bush spoke of the need for pre-emptive war:

"We cannot defend America and our friends by hoping for the best. We cannot put our faith in the word of tyrants, who solemnly sign non-proliferation treaties, and then systemically break them. If we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long – Our security will require transforming the military you will lead – a military that must be ready to strike at a moment's notice in any dark corner of the world. And our security will require all Americans to be forward-looking and resolute, to be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty and to defend our lives."

North Korea's decision to participate together in the Winter Olympics next week did not put an end to its nuclear program.

One more point: After that scare in Hawaii when the state of Hawaii (not the federal government) sent out a false and terrifying message that an intercontinental ballistic missile was on the way, one should expect that Hawaii's Democrat Senators would be front and center putting the safety of the United States (especially Hawaii) and backing President Trump enthusiastically as hr deals with the mess he inherited.

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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