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.