The Wall That Donnie Didn’t Build …

Okay, folks, I want everyone to repeat after me:  We do not need a wall to secure our southern border.  Period.  It is a damn shame that all of us … bloggers and paid journalists alike … are spending the bulk of our time these days trying to peel away the layers of lies and fraudulent claims by the ‘man’ who claims to be president.  To an extent, he uses all this b.s. as a smokescreen, a distraction from Robert Mueller, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.  But to a larger extent, the reality is simpler:  Trump simply does not know how to be honest.  He has spent so much of his life telling lies, that it is his norm.  Unfortunately, he is now in a position such that his lies, if people in key decision-making positions believed them, could cause all manners of grief, leading up to and including an all-out war.  And so, we all keep doing our best, wasting entire days, digging for what’s real and trying to shine a light in the dark corners where the truth has been hidden behind the web of lies.

The latest?  We are back to the bloomin’ border wall between the Southern U.S. and Mexico.  A superbly ridiculous idea at its inception, it has become even more so.  To recap, though … does anybody remember how he kept saying Mexico would pay for the wall?  We all knew he had no leverage, no power to force Mexico to pay for something that had no benefit to them.  And Trump knew it, based on a conversation he had in August 2017 with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“But the fact is we are both in a little bit of a political bind because I have to have Mexico pay for the wall – I have to. We cannot say that anymore because if you are going to say that Mexico is not going to pay for the wall, then I do not want to meet with you guys anymore because I cannot live with that. I am willing to say that we will work it out, but that means it will come out in the wash and that is okay. But you cannot say anymore that the United States is going to pay for the wall. I am just going to say that we are working it out. Believe it or not, this is the least important thing that we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important talk about.”

Translation:  You know you’re not going to pay for it, and I know you’re not going to pay for it, but let me keep saying it for a while, and then it will fade away.

But in Trump’s mind, that wall must be built regardless of who pays for it.  Why?  Because he remembers fondly how his supporters kept chanting, “Lock her up!  Build that wall!!!”  And he is as aware as any that some people don’t like him … really, really don’t like him … and that his very survival depends on those chanters staying happy.

Now, the problem is that there is no need for a wall, and most of us know that, so how can he justify paying for it with our money.  We don’t want a damn wall! We want health care, we want clean air & water, we want better schools and affordable college, we want a myriad of things, but a wall is not one of them.  Even the chanters didn’t really want a wall … until Trump convinced them that Mexicans were “bad hombres” and were coming to rape, pillage, and take their jobs.  None of which, of course, has a shred of truth.  So, since there is no need for the wall, no possible justification, Trump must create an illusion of a need.  Which means he must lie.  And that is exactly what he has done, yet again.

On Easter morning, while the rest of us were hiding/finding coloured eggs and chocolate bunnies, peeling veggies for later in the day, and relaxing with family, Donnie-boy was tweeting.  (One has to feel a little sorry for his youngest son, Baron, for it seems Trump forgets he exists!)

“Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!” — 9:56 AM – Apr 1, 2018

“Mexico is doing very little, if not NOTHING, at stopping people from flowing into Mexico through their Southern Border, and then into the U.S. They laugh at our dumb immigration laws. They must stop the big drug and people flows, or I will stop their cash cow, NAFTA. NEED WALL!” — 9:25 AM – 1 Apr 2018

And that stupid tweet actually garnered 125,000 likes!?!?  Ah well.  The point here, though, being that it is not true.  None of it.  Nada.  Ni siquiera un poquito.

First, why must the word ‘democrat’ always be prefaced with an insult by Trump & Co?  I am perfectly able to refer to ‘republicans’ without an offensive preface.  This is offensive and highly unprofessional for a ‘man’ in his position.  Second, ‘catch and release’ is an unofficial protocol first in use by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that began … oh, let me think … in 2001 under republican President George W. Bush.  Hmmm but the “ridiculous liberal democrats” get blamed.  And it is not a law, simply a protocol, the way things are done, and it started because ICE didn’t have time to be chasing down every immigrant that crossed the border for periods of up to six months.

And third, Trump claims that Mexico is doing little or nothing and that great “caravans” are headed our way and we must be afraid, very afraid.  Just yesterday, the Mexican government broke up a caravan of nearly 1,000 from Central America, as they have done in the past.  The government disbanded the group, issuing humanitarian visas to some, and giving the rest 10 days to leave or apply for permission to stay in Mexico.  Below is a picture of some of the people from that ‘caravan’ …Scary looking bunch, eh?

Donald Trump, my friends, is lying to us, just as he always has and just as he always will.  He uses fear tactics to get us to buy into his wall rhetoric.  The bottom line is that the wall would cost us, the taxpayers, upward of $25 billion and would serve no purpose other than to assuage Trump’s ego.  Congress realizes there is no need for a wall, since they allocated a small percentage of the cost in the budget, and put significant restraints on even that.

What Donald Trump has accomplished, however, is to once again anger the Mexican government.  President Enrique Peña Nieto has already cancelled a planned visit.  Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray came back with a tweet of his own:

“Every day Mexico and the U.S. work together on migration throughout the region. Facts clearly reflect this.”

It might, at this juncture, behoove us to recall that Mexico is one of our two logistically closest allies, as well as an important trading partner.  Who among us would pick, pick and pick some more on our closest neighbor, knowing that there were plenty of enemies on the next street willing to do us harm?So, Trump is willing to use the lives of young people, the DACA Dreamers, as a bargaining chip to get his wall, for that is what this entire spate of ugly tweets boils down to.  But let us not take our eyes off the real balls here:  Robert Mueller, Stormy Daniels, and Karen McDougal, for those are the ones Trump is really afraid of.  Those are the ones from whom he is trying to divert our attention.  Focus, folks.

44 thoughts on “The Wall That Donnie Didn’t Build …

  1. Dear Jill,

    I am calling all republicans in the US Congress to let them know that they have allowed this president to act on fake news. If the president has his way with the tariffs, and the economy goes South, then they have literally nothing to run on as their cronies in the business community already have their tax cuts. They should be grateful if the Dems gain the majority position in the US Congress, because at least they will be in a position to constrain the president.

    The Caravan story is a hyped up story created by FOX TV News. It’s called the ‘Stations of the Cross’ caravan, and it poses zero danger to the US. It is an annual event.

    Time reported, “The mass movement of people is known as the “Stations of the Cross” caravan, and it’s been held in southern Mexico for about 10 years. “The event first began as short processions of migrants, some dressed in biblical garb and carrying crosses, as an Easter-season protest against the kidnappings, extortion, beatings and killings suffered by many Central American migrants as they cross Mexico,”

    Leave it to President Trump and FOX TV to a take a “Stations of the Cross” human rights march and turn it into caravan of destruction. And this is how US policy is made in current times.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I so agree … and now he is taking the National Guard to “guard” the border. That, in itself, and if there were an actual threat, would not be abnormal, but given that there IS NO threat, it is yet another waste of our money. He seems to think our tax dollars are a huge vat of money for him to play in and use as he wishes — in this case to make himself look like a tough hombre to his supporters. I. Am. Sick. Of. It.
      Hugs!

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  2. I think we’re all tired of seeing a man who’s supposed to be in charge stamping his foot and throwing a tantrum to get his way then being given into so that he tries it again and again. like a spoiled child. It turns the stomach. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • No, he is not king, but … those who have the power to tame the child are naught but sycophants, yes-men and boot-lickers more concerned about their own power & wealth than they are the good of the nation and its people. Sigh.

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        • Well … not by him, but the big corporations and lobbyist groups (Pharma, NRA, oil/gas industries) pay them well in the form of campaign contributions to vote ‘their’ way on legislation. Those same groups helped put Trump into office in exchange for his promise to support legislation favourable to them. So yeah, our federal government is bought and paid for, and we are pawns in a very high-stakes game that is NOT in our best interest.

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  3. Even if I remove ‘His Nibs’ from the equation; just musing on these mammoth projects undertaken by govts just for Vanity’s sake, we can be sure if it were even started it would be done at a rush and with cheap materials, would not go as far as it was supposed to and bits will fall off, or down.
    Still, look on the bright side in 200 years time it would be a tourist attraction as ‘That Folly’ and thus would provide employment in the said industry. And be subject matter for artists.
    Ohh boy!

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    • Yeah, but I cannot take consolation in any of that, for I just keep thinking … how many starving people could eat for years on what that damn wall would cost. Not, mind you, that I think it will ever be built, no matter how many temper tantrums he throws and threats he makes. But still … the idea of literally throwing away $25 billion (which is a very conservative estimate, for it fails to take into account land rights and geographical obstacles, not to mention legal fees for all the lawsuits it will bring, that will run the cost up to … possibly double the estimate) when people around the world are dying of starvation. 😥

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      • We’ve been at this game for thousands of years Jill, even to the extent of enslaving peasants to do the work in the form of a labour taxation.
        If this crew had any sense of history they would know this is not worth the capital outlay.
        This is also the issue that another administration might call the whole thing off anyway

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        • Oh they know it isn’t worth the capital outlay … at least not in any real sense. Its value to them, rather lies in ‘propaganda value’ … it makes Trump look like a ‘tough guy’ and it plays well to the fears he has instilled in his followers. After all, it isn’t HIS money he’s throwing away, so why should he care. We already knew he had no conscience and no integrity. I was thankful and somewhat surprised that on this, at least, Congress did not bow to him and actually put some brakes on. He was pissed, which is why he is now threatening to waste billions by sending armed forces to guard the border. That should make for some good lawsuits, eh?

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            • Very true. And, I picture that if, somehow, he finds funding for his bloomin’ wall, as construction begins, there will be numerous attempts to sabotage it. Very few even want it, for it will wreck the tourist trade that many of the border states rely heavily on. Plus it will have a negative effect on agriculture when migrant workers can no longer cross the border to pick fruit — a job that nobody else wants, for it is hard labour and pays next to nothing. And a myriad of other reasons, both environmental and economic. I predict tribes of Native Americans will stage protests and slow or halt construction. And landowners will file lawsuits. It will be a regular circus! You bringing popcorn?

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