Trump Backs Down on ‘The Wall’; Trump Selling Out Religious Conservatives?

26 Apr

Trump Backs Down on ‘The Wall’

And yet there The Wall remains, stretching across the hazy top of Trump’s policy program, captivating his supporters, who continue to enthusiastically back its being built. More than just a symbol of Trump’s toughness on immigration, it’s also a metaphor for the evolution of the conservative base. Ideologically, The Wall is a synthesis of national-greatness conservatism and closed-doors nationalism, the sort of galvanizing construction project favored by David Brooks employed to achieve the ends of Steve Bannon. Its most unnatural bedfellow is small-state, Tea Party conservatism, which captivated the right for several years and generally frowns upon grand expenditures in times of record debt. The contradiction is hard to miss. Tea partiers shut down the government in 2013 over excessive spending on Obamacare; Trump threatened to shut down the government this year over an absence of spending on his wall.

Trump Selling Out Religious Conservatives?

Well, well, well:

President Donald Trump promised religious groups he would reverse the Obama administration’s requirement that employers provide birth control to their employees under the Affordable Care Act.

But his Justice Department indicated Monday that it’s continuing to fight religious groups who are suing over the contraception mandate.

But, but…:

Conservatives who oppose the birth control mandate on religious liberty grounds are bewildered by the move at a Justice Department headed by former Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who is well known for his conservative views.

And many had expected the Department of Health and Human Services, now led by another conservative, former representative Tom Price, R-Ga., to change the Obama administration’s underlying rule to fully exempt religious colleges, schools and charities from covering birth control. But HHS has not proposed any rule changes and didn’t respond to a request Monday about whether there are plans to do so.

As things stand now, it appears that Justice plans to continue defending the way the Obama administration applied the birth-control mandate, said Eric Rassbach, a Becket [Fund] attorney.

“That just seems to be very contrary to what they’ve been saying publicly,” Rassbach said.


19 responses to “Trump Backs Down on ‘The Wall’; Trump Selling Out Religious Conservatives?

  1. feeriker

    April 26, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    And the same stooges who get sold a bill of goods every four years will come back in four more from now, champing at the bit to buy another one.

    Pathetic losers (those would be “churchian cuckservatives”), every last one of them. To paraphrase an old navy expression, my sympathy lamp burned out a long time ago. Quite frankly, I hope that the next time around these dolts are promised even more outlandish pie-in-the-sky and that they wind up being screwed even more thoroughly and painfully than ever. Not, obviously, that they’ll ever learn…

    Charles Schulz was decades ahead of his time when he created the Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the football routine.

  2. Socially Extinct

    April 27, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Sadly the grand wave of cultural evolution carries all politicians with it; they pretend to bring great change and their own personal brand of ideology but ultimately, it’s the grand cultural wave that wins out.

    Frankly, the wall, or lack of it, will be what torpedoes this administration.

    • Will S.

      April 27, 2017 at 7:20 am

      The wall is a symbol, because he made it central to his campaign rhetoric; if he caves on it…

  3. bluecat57

    April 27, 2017 at 7:13 am

    1. It has only been 100 days. Others have had DECADES to screw things up. How fast can YOU perfectly repackage that item you want to replace?
    2. Did you miss the MULTIPLE statements that were made saying we are continuing to plan and will get funding in the FY 2018 budget?
    3. Maybe you should find some “real” news sources because you obviously are not reading any. Or maybe just go to the White House website to read what Trump is saying.

    • Will S.

      April 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

      I heard Trump saying the wall will still be built. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Will S.

      April 27, 2017 at 7:19 am

      How long till you unwavering loyalists realize Trump has been turned, just like every other GOP president always is?

      • feeriker

        April 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

        They’ll never realize it. If they admitted the truth to themselves, they’d also have to admit that they too are part of the “gullible dolt” population that got taken advantage of, for the 10,000th time. Better to maintain the illusion/delusion and keep the soul and conscience salved. Reality is too painful to confront.

      • Will S.

        April 27, 2017 at 8:09 am

        I live in hope, feeriker. That one day, some will be as red pilled with regards to politics as they are with regards to women. That they will lose their illusions. I did; you did. It is possible.

  4. bluecat57

    April 27, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Did anyone read the article about contraceptives? Asked for 60 days to review NOT “vowed to continue to fight”.
    Trump, unlike Obama, is trying to follow the law not act like a dictator.
    So, they probably asked for time to see how to change their approach to the case or to see if a new law will be passed.
    Why don’t we condemn those who put that law in place and started the prosecution and give those who have died they will repeal it time to do so.
    Or do you just want another dictator?

    • feeriker

      April 27, 2017 at 8:38 am

      So, Bluecat, how long have been waging your court battle to claim possession of the bridge over the East River that you paid for “fair and square?”

      • bluecat57

        April 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

        Ha, ha, Brooklyn Bridge.
        How long have you had your head up the … of liberals?
        Why don’t you spend some time ACTUALLY researching and studying what Trump HAS done in his first 100 days.
        By simply saying, “Enforce the laws passed during the last 24 years of primarily leftist, liberal Congresses.” he has accomplished many of his campaign promises.
        While the liberals celebrate judges “blocking” his Executive Orders, those in the Federal Bureaucracy that believe that laws should be enforced and regulations should be eliminated to free Americans from oppression by the government are actually giving HOPE to Americans who thought things would never CHANGE.
        BTW. I’ve taken possession of my Brooklyn Bridge, it is called THE White House.

    • bluecat57

      April 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

      OK, I am a little wrong in this post.
      The Justice Dept. asked for an additional 60 days to NEGOTIATE with the groups objecting to the requirements.
      The paragraph in the article about “continuing to fight religious groups” is Ms. Cunningham’s INTERPRETATION of this request to NEGOTIATE. Last time I checked the “fighting” usually stops while you are negotiating. But hey, I’m old skool and you relativists can define things any way you want and change the definition in the same sentence if it suits your purpose.
      A lot could happen in 60 days.
      1. Congress could pass a new law eliminating the requirement.
      2. If the contraceptive mandate is a regulation or rule instead of a law, then the regulation could be changed.
      3. The Justice Dept. could find an approach to not enforce the law in these specific circumstances without opening the door for anybody to claim that anything they don’t like violates their (newly) found (because they don’t want to pay for it) beliefs.
      Or maybe I should have just stopped with the correction and left out the bloviating.

    • barnyardboss

      April 27, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      yes we want a Pinochet and helicopter rides for the left. NOW.

  5. rednig

    April 30, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Vincente Foxx had the right idea. No wall, but put in a wildlife sanctuary 300 meters wide all along the border. Manzanita, which dulls chainsaws, huistec and other claw you to death plants, and other things, all of which would attract rattlesnakes, coral snakes, road runners (which will attack to kill if you disturb one), hawks, and fluffy things like hungry grizzly bears, mountain lions, and jaguars. Eager for a la vida loca high, mojados and coyoteros tend to avoid becoming entres. And, he wanted the Tohono Indians armed on our side of the border. Not to fear, they are, and tend to shoot anything resembling Mexican. Man, those centuries as slaves to the Spaniards and Mexico still bug them. Ouch. Manzanita is said to be able to withstand an assault by a Sherman tank, it’s that tough. My stepfather told me when he was a Marine, some trainees stole their tank and (being drunk) tried to go thru manzanita brush and got stuck.

    • Will S.

      May 1, 2017 at 8:24 am


      Perhaps with Trump’s new alliance with China, he seeks to deploy Chinese expertise in wall-building. 😉

      • rednig

        May 4, 2017 at 4:27 am

        Nah, the next emperor abandoned the wall builders. I think most emigrated to Siberia, anyway. A cousin said emigrants were given weapons and part of the military, like Switzerland. In winter, when N. Korea, land of the loonie, starts up, look for a putsch into Siberia. China claims Siberia because they had a colony there, a few centuries ago. I can see their other reason, most of today’s citizens seem to be ex-pats from the Peoples China 🙂 We had a chance to have Siberia as a territory, but the Clintons shrieked against all those non-whites. Oil, gold, uranium, fossils, the place is a wealth waiting for someone to open it. niio.


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