President Donald Trump hosts a meeting with House and Senate leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Washington. From left, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump and Conservatives: The ‘I’ll Shoot The Hostages’ Conundrum

Let’s say in a hypothetical situation, someone has a group of innocent hostages, people you care about. They tell you they’re going to shoot the hostages unless you do certain things–a typical ransom situation.

Do you do it? Well, that all depends, doesn’t it?

If the hostage-taker wants money, it’s a no brainer (provided you have the money). If they want you to go and kill someone, it more problematic, but should still be a no-brainer. If you kill someone, you’re a murderer. If they don’t kill someone because you did, it doesn’t absolve you.

This is what we’ve got with Trump and conservatives over Swampcare.

We should have expected no less, because this is who we elected.

Leon Wolf published a tweet thread dealing with Trump’s “abject failure of leadership.”


I agree, but there’s more. Trump didn’t sell the bill to the public, allowed the GOP in Congress to publicly fracture, and basically held it hostage. The bill was not just bad to conservatives and Americans who are dealing with 20 percent premium hikes, it was totally unacceptable.

If Republicans had passed it, their constituents would have been rightly upset that they did nothing to ease the core problems of Obamacare, except take ownership of those problems.

Then, like the hostage-taker who then murders the hostages when the target of the ransom doesn’t kill his intended target, he blames the innocent target for the murders. It’s not deal-making, in that sense. He wanted the Freedom Caucus to kill itself, and after its suicide he could do as he pleases.

But in the sense that Trump isn’t a policy person, or a conservative, it’s totally expected. Trump doesn’t want a free-market approach to health care. He simply refused to sell this bill to Americans because he knew they wouldn’t buy it. They will buy free government health care if it’s sold like it’s really free. Democrats have been selling it forever.

Watch for Trump to join the Democrats on the next round. But there won’t be a next round until the pesky conservatives like the Freedom Caucus have been silenced or brushed aside. Trump would rather make deals with Democrats than conservatives.

Trump is no friend of conservatives, and now we’re seeing the fruit of the voters’ choice.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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