When the voters sent more Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives, did they choose gridlock, or do they want co-operation between the political parties?
Ken Blackwell, former member of President Donald Trump’s transition team, believes voters wanted to even the playing field. But can politicians find common ground? Blackwell hopes they can, particularly on criminal justice reform, prescription drug pricing, and improving and refreshing our infrastructure. There’s plenty of work to be done. The instinct is to go into battle stance and prepare for 2020.
The Democrats have made clear they will spend their time on investigations, and Blackwell said there’s a great chance they will overreach like the GOP did in the late 1990s.
Blackwell talked about the good things President Trump has done and what he hopes he can continue to do. We must strengthen borders, and protect religious freedom and individual liberty.
Listen to Blackwell answer one caller questioning the president’s faith and another caller, a Republican, calling Blackwell an extremist. The caller didn’t say in what way, but Blackwell answered the question in the context of immigration enforcement.
All countries define themselves by their concrete borders, Blackwell said. All countries work to control their borders, and it’s not radical (or extreme) for a president to want to protect the borders. Open borders undermine the notion of a nation-state defined by concrete borders and governed by the rule of law. What’s radical, Blackwell said, is the idea of opening ourselves up to all the criminality and disorder of a country lackadaisical about its borders and the rule of law.
“We are the most diverse democracy in all of human history,” Blackwell said. “We have had open arms for those who want to find opportunity here. But we, in fact, since the existence of our nation, we have controlled the borders, and we have determined who, in fact, comes in and can pursue citizenship and life in this country. There has not been an administration that has given in to this notion that we should…have open borders and a complete collapse of the rule of law. That’s not radical. That’s common sense.”
Then callers questioned Blackwell’s faith and his integrity. Listen to his responses.