Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress

Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress
Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

U.S.A.-( Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!”

And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his or its own agenda, that caused Trump to pull the job of raising the debt ceiling away from Republican contractors Ryan & McConnell, and give it to Pelosi & Schumer.

Hard to fault Trump. Over seven months, Congress showed itself incapable of repealing Obamacare, though the GOP promised this as its first priority in three successive elections.

Returning to D.C. after five weeks vacation, with zero legislation enacted, Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were facing a deadline to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government.

Failure to do so would crash the markets, imperil the U.S. bond rating, and make America look like a deadbeat republic.

Families and businesses do this annually. Yet, every year, it seems, Congress goes up to the precipice of national default before authorizing the borrowing to pay the bills Congress itself has run up.
To be sure, Trump only kicked this year's debt crisis to mid-December.

Before year's end, he and Congress will also have to deal with an immigration crisis brought on by his cancellation of the Obama administration's amnesty for the “Dreamers” now vulnerable to deportation.

He will have to get Congress to fund his Wall, enact tax reform and finance the repair and renewal of our infrastructure, or have his first year declared a failure.

We are likely looking at a Congressional pileup, pre-Christmas, from which Trump will have to call on Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, again, to extricate him and his party.

The question that now arises: Has the president concluded that working with the GOP majorities alone cannot get him where he needs to go to make his a successful presidency?

Having cut a deal with Democrats for help with the debt ceiling, will Trump seek a deal with Democrats on amnesty for the “Dreamers,” in return for funding for border security? Trump seemed to be signaling receptivity to the idea this week.

Will he give up on free-trade Republicans to work with Democrats to protect U.S. jobs and businesses from predator traders like China?

Will he cut a deal with Hill Democrats on which infrastructure projects should be funded first? Will he seek out compromise with Democrats on whose taxes should be cut and whose retained?

We could be looking at a seismic shift in national politics, with Trump looking to centrist and bipartisan coalitions to achieve as much of his agenda as he can. He could collaborate with Federalist Society Republicans on justices and with economic-nationalist Democrats on tariffs.

But the Congressional gridlock that exhausted the president's patience may prove more serious than a passing phase. The Congress of the United States, whose powers were delineated in the late 18th century, may simply not be an institution suited to the 21st.

A century ago, Congress ceded to the Federal Reserve its right “to coin money (and) regulate the value thereof.” It has yielded to the third branch, the Supreme Court, the power to invent new rights, as in Roe v. Wade. Its power to “regulate commerce with foreign nations” has been assumed by an executive branch that negotiates the trade treaties, leaving Congress to say yea or nay.

Congress alone has the power to declare war. But recent wars have been launched by presidents over Congressional objection, some without consultation. We are close to a second major war in Korea, the first of which, begun in 1950, was never declared by the Congress, but declared by Harry Truman to be a “police action.”

In the age of the internet and cable TV, the White House is seen as a locus of decision and action, while Capitol Hill takes months to move. Watching Congress, the word torpor invariably comes to mind, which one Webster's Dictionary defines as “a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility.”

Result: In a recent survey, 72 percent of Americans expressed high confidence in the military; 12 percent said the same of Congress.

The members of Congress the TV cameras reward with air time are most often mavericks like John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Jeff Flake, who will defy a president the media largely detest.

The Senate Axis of evil: Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, flanked by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
The Senate Axis of evil: Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, flanked by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

At the onset of the post-Cold War era, some contended that democracy was the inevitable future of mankind. But autocracy is holding its own. Russia, China, India, Turkey, Egypt come to mind.

If democracy, as Freedom House contends, is in global retreat, one reason may be that, in our new age, legislatures, split into hostile blocs checkmating one another, cannot act with the dispatch impatient peoples now demand of their rulers.

In the days of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, Congress was a rival to even strong presidents. Those days are long gone.

About Patrick J. Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at

  • 29 thoughts on “Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress

    1. The snakes and alligators will soon be eating their own,the swamp will soon drain .By the people, for the people. Or not at attention,and be heard and Vote!

    2. We have way too many lazy do nothing politicians, both sides, that only want to fatten their wallets. Besides mccain, flake, oconnell, ryan, schumer, pelosi, clinton and the list goes on and on but there are many that need to be dumped. In order to make this country smell great again we need to get rid of the cause of the stink. I would venture to say that 75% of the congress are do nothings and or crooks or both.

      1. @ webfoot, we need to help keep that from happening by stating the facts to any lib that won’t be able to see beyond their glass of the kool aid. We have to support him in spite of the republican obstructionists.

    3. Apearantly, congress didn’t hear the people when they voted Trump in as president and they are too set in their lofty positions to change. They think they can change us and that sounds like a Hitler trick, the more you tell a lie the more it is accepted as truth. I don’t think they should gamble on that because they are just shooting themselves in the foot or crapping in their mess gear. They need to change their minds rather ours.

    4. I don’t know of any other job that gives you a barber shop on premise, workout room well equipped, better health care, long vacation times, retirement pay after one term and the list goes on and on. Government is too big and wasn’t designed to be that way by the founders but they knew it would happen. If it doesn’t turn around we will be sheeples like the Australians and that goes for local and state governments, also.

      Go to the poles at election time and vote them out. To many people have shirked their duty to long and that is why we are in the state we are in.

        1. @tomcat and Am Pat, if we flood the primary elections and township caucuses, we can defeat the pre-selected candidates, and send uncorrupted candidates to the general election. Our future will be won or lost at the primary elections and the township caucuses.

    5. Hopefully McConnell will get his a** handed to him in Alabama, when Judge Moore beats McConnell’s hand picked successor to, I believe Sessions former Senate seat. McConnell has spent Millions to get his guy in and so far he is sucking canal water.

    6. Seven years to have a good plan ready for a new POTUS to sign….and they screwed it up big time.

      They don’t respect Trump, they play games instead. They are all in for a rude awakening come the mid elections.

    7. Once again the Republicans have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, what a bunch of fools. We give them everything they asked for and they P in our face, and do NOTHING.

    8. I’m voting against each incumbent next cycle, I don’t care who they are or who the opponent is. I have little faith that anyone new will be any better, actually getting anything done, but you never know, we might get lucky. As Gramps used to tell us, “doing the same thing over & over & expecting a different result is foolish”. Time for new blood.

    9. Its about time SOMEONE trashes party politics and sees what we THE NATION, or THE PEOPLE, need to have happen and just DOES it.
      When some congresscritters cast their vooo long we’ve wallowed in a turf war between folks we’ve collecgively sent to Washington to represent US, the PEOPLE.

      High marks for Trump for setting aside petty onw-upsnmanship to take care of WE THE PEOPLE we who are, ultimately, the government

    10. Term limits is needed in congress but that will never happen since congress would have to be the one’s who pass it.
      With the big ego’s and the power trip these folks get being in congress, term limits are dirty words to them.
      Most of the members have forgotten what the people want from the government or the members just don’t give a damn about the citizens until election time.

        1. @Ed Weber, I don’t know what leads you to that conclusion, but the only power the states have under Article V is the opportunity to submit an “application” asking the current Congress to call a convention. The current Congress does the rest, to include: determine the tabulation of the call; determine the form and scope of the call; determine who will be a delegate (and the delegates will be them); what issues will be debated. See Article V US Constitution.

          1. @ Wild Bill – When everything first started out here in the good old US of A the Founders understood that the States held more power than the Federal Government. James Madison (Architect of the US Constitution said when asked about the limited scope of government “The preponderance of power resides with the States and may it ever remain so.”)
            Post 1865 the balance of power shifted to the Federal Government and the States became less powerful. Thus the reason why the Civil War was a big loss for all men. They emancipated slaves and enslaved free men. There is a book out by that name which explains it all.

            1. @VE Vet, You are correct, sir. Lincoln and the radical Republicans changed a lot. When it comes to an Article V convention, the States have no say beyond making a call for a convention. Our fate would be in the hands of a corrupt Congress.

          2. I’m glad a few people see the folly of an Article V convention. The people pushing Article V will send you to site after site to show how a convention would work. When some one tries to push a lie, they have to use a lot of big words and paragraphs in order to get the majority to just give up and accept what they say. Article V is a constitutional convention. The Philadelphia convention was a runaway way convention. The purpose was to amend the Articles of Confederation. Fortunately we had a miracle,
            and that is not likely to happen in this day and age. Proponents want to say, “but it’s not a constitutional convention, it is a convention of the states and there are rules” Really? Show me the rules. Article V is in the constitution but it is somehow not a constitutional convention, but instead something else? Read Article V. There are no rules. Thank you Wild Bill.

    11. Everyone except the hard core conservatives need to be voted out. Publish their voting records and how they’ve undermined Trump at every turn they possibly could. Time to get rid of the riff raff and get some people who actually give a sh*t about this country and We the People.

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