I am annoyed with Donald Trump. Not merely annoyed, I have come to the conclusion that the man is hazardous to my health. It’s getting so I am apprehensive about waking up in the morning to hear NPR bring me news of the latest atrocity committed by Mr. Trump’s administration.
The “national emergency” that he has just discovered at our southern border is today’s latest example. If there is such a crisis (which I do not believe actually exists), why did it take him two years to find it? The “crisis” of course is phony. It serves only as a ploy to circumvent the normal channels of legislation. He was unable to get a border wall funding bill through Congress. The sloppy art of his deal was to wait until a quarter of the government ran out of money and then use that as leverage to get what he wants.
This is not negotiating. This is taking hostages and making a non-negotiable demand.
Of course, this ploy would not work so well were it not for the collusion of Mitch McConnell (and the majority of Republicans). Mitch says there is no point in having the Senate consider funding the government unless the president will sign the bill. I must admit that there is a certain appeal to that argument. I mean, why bother to legislate? Never mind the Senate’s Constitutional duty. But in reality, the only thing Mr. Trump wants to sign is the back of a check from the taxpayers for his Great-Great Wall.
What Mitch is really saying by refusing to consider anything else is that the Republicans are ready to agree to the ransom demand.
If Mitch had any backbone, he would tell Mr. Trump that the only legislation the Senate will pass is a bill that would immediately re-open the government, provide funding for more immigration judges, provide humanitarian assistance to asylum-seeking families who are stuck at the border, and sure, providing some better electronic and technological surveillance on the border. Next, Congress should take up comprehensive immigration reform. (Okay, I can already hear the laughter from the invertebrate Republicans.)
A “physical barrier “at the border is nonsense. Considering the time it would take to complete a massive federal construction project, it can hardly be called an urgent response to a “national emergency.” As far as I can see, the only ones to benefit are the contracting outfits who would do the construction at inflated “government work” prices.
And that’s just today’s atrocity! These are supposed to be my golden years, but how can I enjoy them with Mr. Trump in charge of my country? It’s like having perpetual acid reflux. My greatest existential fear is dying while he is still in office. It will take years to undo the damage that he has already caused. I can only hope that I should live so long.
Some other stuff for later,
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