Who caved in?

Donald Trump accepting the 2016 Republican nomination. A vote for him was a vote for freedom. He owes his victory to the electoral college. He also now leads the armies of freedom in their war against the socialists. But he needs to learn now: the other side are playing without rules. His latest stand against illegal immigration further illustrates the problem. More recently: Trump should bury the DACA order and leave it buried.
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According to the fake media Trump caved in. But let us look at the facts.

What Trump gets: another opportunity

Trump wanted the wall and Nancy opposed it.

Trump wanted the funding first, Nancy wanted the opening the government.

Trump provisionally opened the government and Nancy appoints members of the House to negotiate a deal. So, at least seemingly, this is the way Congress should work. It is in the hands of the members who, presumably, will represent the interest and views of their districts. It is not in the hands of the Speaker.

The question is, will Nancy appoint members loyal to her, or a representative sample, including members from both parties?

If the appointees are loyal to her and prevent a deal, Trump can still close the government. And next time it will be Nancy’s fault. Trump went as far as he could by accepting this deal. But if Nancy agreed to the deal with some mental reservation, it will be obvious that Nancy is sabotaging the functioning the government.

Washington’s warning about parties:

We have reached the potent engines point that George Washington talked about in his Farewell Address:

However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

George Washington: Farewell Address, 1796.

When we reach this point, Democracy is in danger. Aristotle describes this process: when democracy, that is, rule by the people, through their representatives fails, in our case by placing party interest above the interest of the people, there is a danger that one person will emerge as king. Washington saw this danger when he also said that “The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual.”

When democracy stops working…

There is no danger that Trump would try to become a dictator, but the opportunity might encourage some people to try and destroy or democratic system when the elected representatives place party interest above the interest of the people and it ceases to serve the people.

When democracy fails to function as it should, “the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.” (All quotes from the Farewell Address)

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