Encore of Revival: America, January 21, 2019

Trump has transformed America’s view of a “government shutdown” to a point where it could very well become a campaign promise in future elections. Not only did the shutdown become a “non-event”, it’s actually kind of nice to not have government messing with everything. If Congressional Democrats allow the shutdown to please Reagan Republican Americans much longer, political debates may even include strategy for how to keep the government closed for longer amounts of time.

It’s difficult for Americans to sympathize with the purported “horror” of a government shutdown when the lives of hard-working Americans—who work in the private sector—continue their daily lives with little to no interruption. IRS agents being out of work won’t be seen by Americans as a bad thing. If America’s “tax collectors” hoped to get back to work sooner, they probably should have followed Biblical advice—to keep out of trouble by keeping their mouths shut. You’d think “IRS agents not working” should have been kept a State secret.

While those who depend on taxpayer dollars to fund their livelihood will be angry that the milk has run dry, the shutdown won’t come close to affecting enough Americans to make a shutdown less popular in the future. In fact, the shutdown should prove to make America stronger on three levels: as a warning to government employees that the private sector is less likely to be destabilized by politics, that government and socialist -created “jobs” will eventually have the same problems in America as in North Korea, and that Americans will have to learn how to make due when government isn’t operating in its greatest glory.

Look on the bright side. If America knows how to function without as much government, we will all get through tougher times with more colors flying.

NW DC fire causes news networks to relocate temporarily, interrupts live broadcast | WTOP

Largest single group of migrants ever tunnels under border wall in Arizona, says Border Protection | ABC News

777X: the gigantic plane that could change flying forever is nearly here | Yahoo – Telegraph

Bipartisan Senate group forming in search of shutdown deal amid impasse between Trump, party leaders | WA Post

GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress | TheHill

The Pences: defenders of Christian values in the White House | Yahoo – AFP

Kentucky student seen in viral confrontation with Native American speaks out | Fox News

Michael Cohen says Trump directed him to pay for poll rigging | CNN

Was there collusion? Trump lawyer walks back earlier remarks | AP


Trump cancels Davos trip over Dems’ ‘intransigence on border security’ | WA Examiner

Trump cancels US delegation’s trip to Davos summit, Sanders says | Fox News

Trump grounds Pelosi after she imperils his big speech | AP

McConnell tightens grip with Senate GOP amid shutdown fallout | Politico

Outside the Washington circus, shutdown havoc spreads | Guardian

Waiting for a Shutdown to End in Disaster | Atlantic

Trump to make a ‘major’ announcement about border and shutdown | CNBC

Trump offers immigration compromise to end partial shutdown; Dems cool to offer | Fox News

Trump proposes extending DACA, TPS protections in exchange for wall funding | CNN

Trump staffing up to fend off potential primary challenge | AP

Democrats reject Trump’s bid to negotiate on immigration for his wall | Politico

Beware the Furies, President Trump | NY Times (Opinion, Maureen Dowd)

The BussFeed Fiasco

President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project | BuzzFeed

More And More Democrats Are Suggesting Trump Should Be Impeached After He Told His Lawyer Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress | BuzzFeed

Montage: Media Was Already Calling for Trump Impeachment Following Disputed BuzzFeed Report | Grabien

BuzzFeed becomes the news after ‘Trump told Cohen to lie’ report | Sydney Morning Herald

Mueller team disputes BuzzFeed report claiming Trump told Cohen to lie | Fox News