Rarely in modern politics have the battle lines been so clearly marked between two political camps.
According to Democrats: Thousands of undocumented foreigners storming the border and throwing rocks at Border Patrol; millions of aliens living in the United States illegally; criminal aliens violently attacking, raping and murdering Americans … it’s all a “manufactured crisis.”
According to President Trump: The lawlessness at the border is a real “humanitarian and security crisis.” It is a “crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have flatly declared that building a wall to fix the broken border is “immoral.”
“The fact is,” Mrs. Pelosi said after Mr. Trump’s Oval Office address, “the women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge.”
No mention, of course, of all the unattached, able-bodied men at the border. Even as she so dishonestly mischaracterizes the truth of the border situation, Mrs. Pelosi accuses Mr. Trump of “malice” and “misinformation.”
Democrats say it is dangerous, immoral and dishonest for Mr. Trump to block funding for the federal government unless it includes all the tools he needs to finally seal the border once and for all — something politicians in both parties have promised the American people for 32 years, yet have refused to actually accomplish.
If basic national security is not a valid reason for “shutting down” the federal government, then what is?