That Damn Wall Again …

Little Donnie Dark wanted a new toy.  It was a very expensive toy, and not at all practical in fact, it was a very dangerous toy, so Donnie’s parents said “no” and that was the end of that, right?  Wrong.  Little Donnie, spoiled by years of always having his own way, pitched a fit.  First he yelled invectives at his mum and dad, then later even at his grandparents when they came for a visit.  He told them all that he hated them and threatened to ‘get even’.  Then he threatened to start breaking things around the house, and just to prove his point he broke several of his mum’s favourite dishes before she could stop him.  Little Donnie needs a timeout, or, though this writer is not a proponent of corporal punishment, a good whack on the posterior.  Little Donnie is a spoiled brat.

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The above story is fiction, but has its basis in reality.  Little Donnie, of course, is none other than Donald Trump, and the coveted toy is his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.  The wall that he promised his faithful followers he would build because it would keep all the “rapists and murderers” out of the U.S.  The wall that he promised he would somehow, in his wild imaginings, force an independent nation, Mexico, to pay for.  A wall that will hinder the U.S. economy by scaling back both trade and tourism.  A wall that will greatly damage U.S.-Mexico relations.  A wall that could potentially cost as much as $70 billion.  A wall that will do little or nothing to alter crime rates nor scale back immigration.

Still, Donald Trump is willing to fight for his wall. How far he is willing to go remains to be seen, but if his threats are to be believed, he is willing to go so far as shutting down the U.S. government and defaulting on U.S. debt … a move that would have the effect of panicking the markets and jeopardizing trillions of dollars in holdings and retirement savings, among other potentially severe global consequences. When we elect a president, we do so with the expectation that he will make decisions based on what is best for the nation as a whole.  We have a right to those expectations.  If Donald Trump follows through with his threats to shut down government until we, the taxpayers, are willing to sacrifice more important expenditures in order for him to have his damned wall, then he will have failed miserably at the job for which he was elected.  He will have proven in the strongest possible language that he does not care about We The People, and that his desires outweigh our needs.

“If we have to close down our government,” he said, at his rally in Phoenix last week, “we’re building that wall.” And the masses cheered. I have noted at some length that it is my belief his supporters lack a clear understanding of how government works and what the consequences of Trump’s actions are.  This is simply more proof of that.  A 16-day shutdown in 2013 resulted in an estimated loss of $24 billion in economic output and shaved 0.6 percent off the nation’s economic growth. But failure to raise the debt limit would be even more serious.

Unless a law is passed to raise the debt limit, the government will run out of money to pay its bills, which would trigger a default. This would jeopardize the world’s faith in America’s ability to pay its bills and that faith serves as the underpinning of the entire global financial system. Does Trump’s cheering section fail to understand this, or do they simply not care?  Do they not realize that this will have a direct effect on them, on their investments and retirement plans?  Do they actually trust him to that extent?

In seven months, Trump has proven time and time again that he is unfit for the office to which he was elected, yet there is a core group of voters who still cheer him, support him, and seem to be deaf and blind to the ramifications of all he does.  If the government shuts down at the end of September because Donald Trump is too much a spoiled brat to put our needs ahead of his whims, perhaps it will be the wake-up call Trump supporters need.  Unfortunately, those who have urged common sense, who have not fallen prey to his horrid rhetoric, will also pay the price.  It is a steep price, particularly if the debt default transpires, but sadly it may be what it takes to finally convince Congress and Trump supporters that he must be removed from office.

And now, with mass devastation and destruction in the wake of Hurricane Harvey that hit Texas hard last weekend, Mexico has offered aid and assistance comparable to what they provided in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.  A delegation from the Mexican Armed Forces arrived in Louisiana following that hurricane, including engineers and doctors. Sent by then-President Vicente Fox, they spent three weeks serving meals, distributing supplies, and ensuring New Orleans’ residents were given medical assistance. That aid saved lives—and it could again. But …

On Sunday, Trump tweeted … “With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world (they are at #24, the U.S. is at #99), we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.”  Mexico responded that no, they will not pay for the wall, but they offered assistance, nonetheless …

“The government of Mexico takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and reports that we have offered the US government all the help and cooperation that can be provided by the different Mexican governmental agencies to deal with the impacts of this natural disaster, as good neighbors should always do in times of difficulty,”

However, the megalomaniac in the White House is considering refusing their offer of help unless they offer to pay for the wall.  He is perfectly willing to shoot his own country, the citizens who elected him, in the foot in order to prove a point.  Seemingly stymied for a proper response, a State Department official merely said, “If a need for assistance does arise, we will work with our partners, including Mexico, to determine the best way forward.”  IF A NEED DOES ARISE???  Did he seriously say “if”?  What does this look like?

The ‘wall’ has become far too much of a divisive issue, and now a bargaining chip with people’s lives at stake.  The wall has no value but very high cost. Little Donnie needs to come down out of his ivory tower and let those with a degree of common sense govern. Those who said he would learn his job, he would learn to be presidential, must surely be convinced that this is not going to happen.  The facts are all there, and one does not even have to look hard or dig deep. It is time for Little Donnie Dark to be shown that his job is to act in the best interests of the entire nation, not merely himself and his wealthy cohorts.

36 thoughts on “That Damn Wall Again …

  1. We’re getting news stories and footage of the devastation in Huston, even here in Australia, and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the people of Texas and Louisiana. 😦 But we’re less worried by the Wall than by the pissing contest [excuse the French] with the little man just up the road from us. Wars are often started by men with bad haircuts and big egos. We really don’t want one on our doorstep.

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  2. Dear Jill,
    He has a thing about size and crowds. MX. ought to put Statutes of DDT all across the southern wall . This would scare folks coming and going to MX.
    I’VE BEEN READING the right wing media and they are desperate to keep the majority in the US Congress so that Democrats can’t start impeachment process.
    But a problem has arisen. Just like when tea party crazies kept running for office, the Senate took years for republicans to get their majority. Now there a bunch of Trump wannabees who are looking to run for office.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Gronda … I think instead of statues, they should paint the ugliest imaginable pictures of him on both sides of the wall! Heck … a few good graffiti artists could turn it into a masterpiece of Trumpuglies!!! 😀

      You are a better woman than I if you can read the right-wing media. I try from time to time, but I get so angry that I end up throwing things! But yes, I’m sure they are worried about the mid-terms, as well they should be … but then, I am worried also, for I don’t think the democrats are very well-organized. And, I fear voter apathy, voter disenfranchisement and gerrymandering, as well. They say truth is stranger than fiction, and I believe it. No television writer could have dreamed up this scenario!

      Hugs!!!!

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      • Dear Jill,

        This is why I recently became a democrat. At the last Dem meeting another former republican had signed up to become involved. She was saying the very same thing.

        Their messaging sucks. Having been in sales for most of my life, I can tell you, a sale is rarely made on a totally cerebral basis. You have to first get a feel for your client. Then you have to really give a darn about this person. Then you tailor whatever you are selling to meet your client’s needs on both a practical and emotional basis.

        What you don’t do, is sound like a scripted robot who will tell the client anything to close the sale. This is peoples conception of a politician.

        In this case the dems have so many better products (policies to sell). There is no good reason for them not to have the upper hand when it comes to messaging.

        Hugs, Gronda

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  3. I could hardly believe DT brought up the idea of Mexico paying for the wall again. I’m wondering if he’s become caught in a personal playback loop like those on a dish TV advertising channel. Perhaps the remembrance of us hearing the telephone call he had with the President of Mexico has slipped his mind. I truly believe he’s suffering some form of dementia. Are his followers really that brainwashed and/or stupid. It could be they have tunnel vision when it comes to the basics they think he’s providing. Please, Mr. Mueller, save us from this man surrounded by his enablers. — Suzanne

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    • I am with you on the dementia assessment. Some form of mental illness for certain. Which is why I would love to see Congress invoke the 25th amendment and force him to have both an independent physical and mental exam in order to prove he is fit for the job. But alas, I don’t expect the current Congress to summon the courage to defy him in such a manner.

      As for his followers … who knows? I’ve spent over a year trying to figure it out, and I still have no answer. It’s almost as if they are under a spell, a trance, hypnosis, or something! Yes, we must hope that Bob Mueller can find all the pieces to this ugly jigsaw puzzle and place them into a full picture. Sigh.

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  4. Err…
    This Wall ‘thing’. This tall long edifice.
    Didn’t work that well during the time of Hadrian, nor all that successful for a number of Chinese dynasties, and gee the Berlin one……y’know.
    And there’s another problem with ‘Walls’ these days…..
    ‘Tunnels’
    And there’s Balloons
    Oh yeh and considering the dark humour of the drug cartels….
    ‘Sorry Gringo. That wall is stopping the supplies of cocaine’
    (That’s based on a comment made by a Columbian drug boss back in the 1990s ‘Cocaine is our A-Bomb. We’re going teach America respect!’).
    ‘All this talk of Walls
    It does rhyme with B…….’
    Just saying.
    That’s all (s)
    Hang on in there America, you’re better than wobble-belly.

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    • I delight in your comments, dear Roger!!! You almost always make me laugh, or at least chuckle! And yes, you are spot on about the wall … most senseless waste of money I’ve ever heard of! And boats … in addition to tunnels and balloons, let us not forget boats!

      And yep … ‘walls’ does rhyme with cojones! 😀 I love the new nickname you have given to ol’ wobble-belly!!! He is an ugly little man, inside and out, from his fake hair to his gouty toes!

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      • Now this ‘wall’ has set me off thinking about Wliey E Coyote building an ‘Acme’ (it was always ‘Acme’) Wall, the Road Runner turning up behind him going ‘beep-beep’, making him jump, bouncing into the wall and it falls on top of him! 😁
        Also…. tailor-made for a ‘Speedy Gonzales’ cartoon.

        Actually ‘that person’ has now passed the ‘critical’ sign on my Thatcher-Monitor. Which is the internal device I have to stop myself throwing things at the TV. Last night on our news after scenes of disaster in Huston & War in Iraq the BBC turned to a news item involving wobble-belly and his new tax code. The remote was snatched up and TV switched off, before my poor wife could say anything! 😤

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        • Hahaha … all along, since the ‘wall’ was first mentioned, I have had the vision of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner!!! I thought it was a sign of the jumbled mess I call a ‘mind’, but am happy to see I am not alone! I even had visions of dressing in a Wile E. Coyote costume and blowing holes in 1/2 mile increments along the bloomin’ wall! And Speedy Gonzales … a cousin of mine … I can picture him darting in and out of the holes I blew in the abominable wall!

          I applaud you for grabbing the remote and turning off the tube! I actually canceled our satellite service right after the election, and refuse to watch any clips of him on the computer. Funny … we were paying over $100 a month for Direct TV satellite service, but the television set was only on for an hour or two on weekends. We have not missed it one bit, and Miss Goose even asked, last time I asked her to dust the furniture, why we even still have a television! I reminded her that when her friends come over to play video games and drive me crazy, the television set comes in handy for the games. 😀

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  5. Does he honestly think ‘The Wall’ is going to prove what a good Prez he is because he keeps his word? A little late in the day for that. I guess at his inauguration he had to swear ‘will to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States’. I don’t think he’s done a good job of keeping that promise by bringing the country to the brink of civil war again and of encouraging the White Supremacists to take to the streets.
    Time to take his toys away and stick him in his cot.
    xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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    • Oops, David … you used the word ‘honestly’ in the same sentence as Trump … remember, dear friend, that he doesn’t have ‘honest’ thoughts! 🙂 That said, no, he knows, I feel certain, that his abominable wall will do nothing to reduce either crime or illegal immigration, but it seems to be the one promise he made that his lemmings are most eager for, because the lemmings believe the wall will somehow “make America safe again”. Never mind that guns are nearly unregulated in this country and we lead the world in gun-related deaths.

      Yes, he took the aforementioned oath, but … lying under oath is nothing new to him. He has told so many lies that the truth is lost forever somewhere in the fog that surrounds his little grey cells. Besides, he didn’t likely understand the words, but simply repeated them while wishing the ceremony would end quickly so he could get about the business of signing executive orders to reverse every action of his predecessor.

      You will note that my ‘snarky’ is coming back nicely 😀

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        • Ackkk … NO! I feed it only peanut butter … and on rare occasions a small bite of dark chocolate. 🙂 Peanut butter in oatmeal, on crackers, on bread, on English muffins, on ice cream, on potato chips, on … well, you get the picture! 😀 And for that fine-edged snark, nothing like peanut butter ON dark chocolate!

          xxx Cwtch, dear friend xxx

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  6. Ah yes … the wall. While something might be done? To alleviate the flood of criminals, etc. into both Canada and the US. I doubt any sort of wall would do that job? Not only robbing the taxpayer, paying for it But the reliance on such a thing, would just plain not work. Think of not only tof he cost of the initial build but all the maintenance required.

    Conditions must be bad in South America if ordinary people are willing to risk such hardship to arrive in US? Not even mentioning the criminal element. Fidel Castro got rid of a huge headache. By emptying his gaols and helping the inmates leave. If Mr. Trump, really wants to stem the flow? He would use the money proposed; on helping the countries south of your border to develop and take away the need for illegal migrations in the first place.

    Not holding my breath, on that one. Venezuela, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Honduras, anyone?

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    • You are quite right in that the wall would serve absolutely no purpose other than to please some of Trump’s lemmings. And … you hit the nail on the head and made an excellent suggestion about using the money that would be spent on a wall to support humanitarian causes in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Mexico in order to help people live better lives in their homeland. But no, my friend, don’t hold your breath, for your idea is logical and makes sense … but there is no place for logic or good sense in the Trump administration, just as there is no place for people who disagree with the supreme leader. Sigh.

      Cheers!!!

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  7. Jill, on PBS Newshour Monday, the political commentators said that the Congress may kick the can down the road to avoid the President shutting the government down in the middle of helping flood and hurricane victims in Texas. Congress may pass some extension of the debt ceiling and budget to buy some time. That is speculation, but none want to risk the less than intelligent reaction of the President to shut the government down.

    By the way, I watched some of the press conference with the Finnish President. Our President is not short on confidence as he spews untruths and brings up unrelated issues. His answer to a Finnish reporter of whether Russia was a security risk was to say “there are a lot of security risks.” Her question is will you protect us from Putin’s aggression was not answered with the certainty one would hope.

    By the way, the picture of the boy and his middle finger reminds me of the Oscar Hammerstein song, “you have to be carefully taught, by the time you are seven or eight, to hate the people your parent’s hate.”

    Keith

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    • Yes, I have heard the same, that some extension of time is likely. That is fine, but … it does nothing to solve the problem. I believe Trump is so uneducated and so unresponsive to the needs of this nation that he will carry this stalemate out as long as it takes. And he is such a bully that ultimately, I believe Congress will cave. I just hope we all remember this in the mid-terms next year, though I have concerns there, in part due to efforts at voter disenfranchisement and gerrymandering. Sigh.

      I have not seen the press conference you mention with the Finnish president, but it sounds like he did his usual embarrassing performance. Sigh. Why oh WHY do his minions allow him to speak in public?

      Good song choice to pair with the picture of the kid ‘flipping the bird’! Don’t you think that kid, in fact, looks an awful lot like DDT? 😀

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      • Jill, sadly the boy does. The press conference was going OK, meaning Trump was answering questions without saying anything, then the questions got more pointed. My wife said he was doing OK, then he kept talking. Keith

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        • Ah yes, that is why he should not be allowed out on his own … he does not know when to shut up! He sticks to the script for a while, but then goes off on his own and … well, he does love to hear himself talk, doesn’t he? Reminds me of an uncle I once had … thankfully we only saw him at Christmas! 🙂

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          • Jill, what puzzles me (among many puzzling things about the White House incumbent) is a good sales person should know when to shut up. This man seemingly does not have that filter and he is a lot like that Uncle of yours. Keith

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  8. So, let me get this straight. He is saying that Mexico can help Texas if they also pay for the wall. Kind of like saying I’ll take that 50$ you are offering me, but only if you give me 100$ too! Only with people becoming homeless or dying. Guess we know for sure now what he things of his fellow citizens!

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    • Very good! You fully understand, and now you have earned your degree in Trump 101!!! 🤣
      But seriously, yes, this tells us everything we need to know about his sense of duty to the nation and to We The People. But then … did we ever doubt? Sigh.

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  9. I really don’t know what to say. That statement about not allowing Mexico help Texas flood victims unless Mexico pays for the wall has got to be the most bizarre statement to come out of Trumpest’s mouth.
    He stepped over the line of sanity!.

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    • Ayuh … he crossed that line long ago. And it gets worse. He actually went to Texas today, and rather than express sympathy for the loss of life, home and loved ones, he bragged about the size of the crowd that went to see him. 😡

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