“Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership. We were sent here to serve our citizens, not our ambitions.”
Former President Barack Obama said those words during his 2010 State of the Union address — and just one year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Democratic Party is skirting a very dangerous line.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have led the charge — or, in most cases, the stonewalling — in refusing to negotiate with Republicans.
And when that has failed, they have simply refused to show up:Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images
And it’s not just Schumer and Pelosi — the Daily Caller reported:
“Look, if it works… what I want to do is I want everyone in this country to lift their voices and be heard,” Senator Elizabeth Warren said when asked if she accepted being a leader of the “anti-Trump resistance.”
“And when we are united we are strongest as a party, as a nation, as a resistance movement,” DNC chair Tom Perez similarly said during a 2017 rally.
And there’s more…
President Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday will not just be followed by the Democrats’ response — presented by Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) — but by several Democrats on different platforms. And that’s in addition to the handful of Democrats who won’t even be attending the event at all.
So much for taking former President Obama’s advice.