Well, here we go.
The petulant man-baby in the Oval Office is playing to his base, mainly because the show is all he knows. He’s also equally convinced that they don’t actually need proof of anything, nor are they really facts-persistent. They tend to go with whatever he says, no matter how insane or unAmerican.
This is why I’ve continually pointed out that Donald Trump is not the problem. The problem rests in a public that has suspended their critical thinking skills in favor of a puppet master.
As the nation closes out the third week of the partial government shutdown, President Trump is once again thumbing his nose as furloughed workers, many set to see their first missed paycheck on Friday, unless he gets the money for his magical, mystery border wall.
And I’ll say here, again, as much as I believe there needs to be a fix at the southern border, this wall he keeps alluding to is not that fix. There are better ways.
President Trump wants to draw the military into the picture and declare the border situation as a “national emergency,” no matter what the Department of Homeland Security numbers show.
Hint: They show numbers of illegal crossings decreasing, not increasing.
As he departed the White House en route to Texas for a visit to the border he said it “would be very surprising to me” if he didn’t go that route, should talks on Capitol Hill continue to stall.
“I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency,” he said. “If this doesn’t work out, probably I will do it. I would almost say definitely.”
Sorry, folks. I was remembering the sweaty, screaming conspiracy theorists, convinced that President Barack Obama was weaponizing the United States military, in order to move against non-compliant American citizens, in order to have them put away in detention camps.
Now, imagine that same group of people upon hearing a Republican president threaten to take an already stretched U.S. military, march them across the southern territory of the nation, as private farming and ranching lands are confiscated cheering on the efforts.So using our own military against us when a Democrat is in office is a bad thing, but using our own military against us when a [sort of] Republican is in office is just fine?
Man. That situational worldview is a real head-spinner.
Still, Trump is sure that he has all the authority in the world to call a national emergency and tap into military funds, in order to appease his most radical core support.
So riddle me this: For two years, Republicans held the majority in the House and Senate. Trump had the mandate and could have began that wall, certainly with full support, on the very first day of his presidency.
Why didn’t he?
Why, now that the numbers of illegal border crossings down to record lows, is this an “emergency,” but not days after taking office? Nor was it an “emergency” for the last two years, apparently.
Here’s one theory to ponder: Trump knows that if he tries to declare an emergency, this will go into the courts, where it will surely be struck down.
Once it is struck down, he can claim he tried, but Democrats and the courts are against him, making it all the more important for his 2020 efforts, so he can keep fighting.
Here’s another thought that I would expect more conservatives to be screaming over: For two years, with majorities in the House and Senate, Trump and Republicans did nothing to stop the funding of the abortion industry. In fact, they passed several bills fully funding Planned Parenthood, including one that allowed for the use of dead baby parts for experimentation.
We can just put the hope of ending abortion on hold. It will take a ruling from the Supreme Court and that begins when someone can get a case before them that convincingly proves abortion to be unconstitutional. We already know it’s barbaric, but the courts care little for that.
We could have, conceivably, stopped helping abortion mills turn a profit, by cutting public funding, however. Unfortunately, no one in this godless age of Trump is that serious about abortion, other than to draw in those pro-life votes.
So keep propping up the Liar-in-Chief, but don’t get your hopes up about a wall, because it’s not coming.