A Dirty Game

There have been cases where a house or other structure became so infested with vermin that it was not salvageable and had to be razed, then re-built.  That may well be the case with the federal government of the United States.  As the craziness that defines the current administration multiplies exponentially, breeding evil offshoots like the dame of all conspiracy groups, QAnon, the damage and infestation seems irreparable by any means short of “kill it and let’s start over”.

Donald Trump has, yet again, decided that he is perfectly willing to shut down the government until he gets his way … a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.  And it appears that his followers support him 100% in this!  Here are the questions I would like to ask of any who support this irresponsible notion:

  • What good do you believe will be accomplished by spending billions of dollars to build that wall?
  • Why do you feel personally threatened by immigrants?
  • Has an immigrant from South or Central America, or even Mexico, ever threatened you personally, or a member of your family?
  • Do you know any immigrants?
  • Are you willing to have money come from your paycheck to finance “the wall”, especially after you were initially told it wouldn’t cost you a penny … that Mexico was going to pay for it?
  • Would you prefer to pay for the wall than to improve our education system, or provide healthcare and food for needy children?

Our government, folks, is badly broken.  The idea behind having three separate branches of government was that no one branch could dominate, no one person or political party could have absolute control of the decision-making process.  But that system of ‘checks and balances’ is no longer functioning as it was intended.  Why?

There are a variety of reasons, but I believe the main one at this juncture is that we have elected a president who sees the entire nation as his very own personal kingdom.  He believes his power is, or at least should be, absolute.  He does not see himself as a president, at least not by the definition as spelled out in the Constitution, but rather as a dictator.  Under ideal circumstances, Congress would be applying the brakes to many of his bad moves, but we have a Congress divided strictly along party lines and in the pockets of wealthy, greedy corporations, men and women who are completely unwilling to work together in the spirit of compromise for the betterment of the people who live here and pay the taxes that fund their salaries.  In other words, loyalty to the political party has superseded dedication to the people who live here. And the political party is loyal only to their wealthy, greedy donors.

The threat of a government shutdown is one that Trump has used at least twice before and personally, I find it both tiresome and juvenile.  It is a bullying tactic.  Congress could, if only they would, override any veto of a budget without wall funding, but the damn republicans in Congress are too afraid of Trump and his minions to do the right thing.  They are too afraid of Trump to work for us, the very people who elected them to serve in the House and Senate.

Yesterday, I wrote a post about labels, and cautioned that judging an entire group based on the actions of only some is wrong.  But at this point, it seems that we can safely conclude every republican in Congress is in the pocket of big corporations and lobbying groups, for there are only 2 or 3 who have voted against what Trump wanted, and those only a few times.  The NRA, Exxon, General Motors, Murray Energy Corporation and many others are the ones who control the votes of the republicans in Congress.

Now, if you doubt that Trump’s threat to shut down the government is not done in the spirit of game-playing, consider this:

Donald Trump says he remains “a little bit torn” about whether it would be better to shut down the government before or after the midterm elections in an effort to secure funding for his long-promised border wall.

Trump said Thursday at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, that while many in the party disagree, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Fox News personality Sean Hannity share his belief that a fall shutdown would be politically advantageous for Republicans in the midterms.

Trump says that he’s “a little torn myself” but that he “would personally prefer before.” He adds, “Whether it’s before or after, we’re either getting it or we’re closing down government.”  – The Washington Post, 02 August 2018

Whoa!  Many in the party disagree … in truth, the majority of the country disagrees, but hold the presses, because as long as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity agree, it must be the right thing, eh?  It’s all a big game to him, folks.  A game where the only thing that matters is that Donald Trump wins, and the rest of us are naught but pawns being pushed around on the board.  Thing is, unlike Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit, this is real life and the stakes are real lives.

Our government is broken, my friends, and the only means we have to try to put it back together is to make a clean sweep and take the trash out in November.

53 thoughts on “A Dirty Game

  1. Hi Jill. Sadly, you are bang on. The rethuglicans are all owned by the Russians at this point. Are they too afraid to disobey Putin? Very scary. The bluewave is coming, the vermin will be swept away. I could just bet the dems are already preparing new legislation for when they take back the house to impose new laws to the constitution to safeguard from something like this to ever happen again. #Voteblue 🙂

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    • I wish I had your confidence about that Blue Wave. I am hopeful, and cautiously optimistic, but I also see a number of hurdles along the way between here and November 6th, some of which we cannot even guess at yet. The Democratic Party is not as organized and cohesive as I would like, and there is gerrymandering, voter disenfranchisement, voter apathy, Russian interference, and I am betting money there will be an equivalent of Comey’s October Surprise in 2016. My fingers are crossed, and I use the small voice I have to keep fighting the good fight, but I don’t think we can take anything for granted at this point. Thanks for your support and for the follow! I appreciate it!

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  2. Dear Jill,

    You know what? President Trump ought to ask his supporters to fund the wall as they are the only ones who want it. Then his followers will get a whiff of how he truly stinks as the monies come in, we know that the wall will definitely never get built. The monies would end up in the president’s coffers. His followers like being had, they can pay for it.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Great idea! His followers are soon going to begin paying for his ignorant tariffs, as are the rest of us, and I wonder what they will say then? I’m sure that somehow it will be blamed on the democrats.

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  3. I saw an interview with David Muir of ABC with some Mexican drug dealers and suppliers and they said that they were not in the least concerned about the wall. It wouldn’t even affect their business, as it was mostly Americans bringing the drugs across the border.
    This wall serves a few purposes for trump and his cronies: money to all the contract companies (cement, steel etc.)and the people who invest in those companies ahead of time, appeasing his rabidly racist base and his ever growing ego. And it will cost the taxpayer millions and the cult zombies will be ok with this because they are such racists and trump will keep telling them Mexico will pay….someday.

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    • That is exactly what the analysts have been saying all along, that such a wall would be naught but a huge waste of money. Not to mention the fact that it will hurt the economies of the border states, as tourism will drop dramatically, and those states rely heavily on tourism. And it would damage the eco-system of the area, likely leading to the extinction of some species. It is, in short, one of the stupidest ideas ever proposed, but … consider the source!

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  4. Hi Jill,
    I sit here wondering what words can possibly make the situation redeemable, but nothing comes to mind. Donald J Trump is a ghoul of a fool, a very dangerous one. Maybe it is best for everyone else that we build the walls for him, and cut off all access to the world at large. Let him play in his kingdom, thinking he is king of the world as far as he can see it. Mind you, that would trap all of you inside there with him, and that would be tragic for any clear-thinking, humane, life-loving people, but it would at least keep him from blowing up we-the-people of the non-US world. How would you feel being martyrs for the cause, say 200,000,000 or so of you? Maybe, once the walls start to go up, you can take that as a sign to start a mass exodus. Canada could take at least 100,000,000 of you, and I’m pretty sure Europe and Africa could take the rest. Leave the Trum-Pets behind, though, let them serve their lord and master.
    This might be them best solution of all… Peace to all…

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    • Well, as for myself, if it saved the other 7.5 billion people of the planet, I would be willing to be the martyr. But I can speak only for myself, for I have no right to condemn the other 300 million people of the U.S. to such a fate. Shall I take a poll? I was thinking to perhaps dig tunnels under the northern wall and perhaps we could start a new underground railroad … one that is truly underground. Though why Canada would be willing to accept any of us is beyond me. And I would gladly leave behind the 40% who still think Dirty Toenails is great.


      • I would like to think we would welcome you with open arms, but it seems I might be getting ahead of myself. Our Conservative Party, those who think like your Repubs, seem to be getting everyone worked up about illegal immigrants crossing our southern border. Does this sound familiar? So far Trudeau is having no part of it, but a recent poll was just announced that 60% of Canadians are worried about these people crossing our border with you. Might it have anything to do with most of the border crossers being of Middle Eastern descent, do you think? First, the loudmouths in the USA don’t want them, and now the loudmouths in Canada don’t want them either. How does that make them feel. Damn I wish North and South America had had border patrols from 1492 onwards. Or that the Pinta, the Nina, and the Santa Maria had been blown off course… Where would all the descendents of our European ancestors be living today?
        No, I stick by my original words, we will welcome one and all. I know most Canadians can’t be led around by their noses, can they?

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        • I was reading over the weekend about immigrants who are leaving the U.S. and being smuggled into Canada. Seems some Canadians aren’t too crazy about the idea. Also seems like in Ontario’s Doug Ford, you guys may have your own budding Donald Trump. The man isn’t quite as crass as Trump, but then who is? He still seems to have many of the same ideas and, like Trump, has absolutely no idea of how economies work. So, in answer to your last question … I can only say that we didn’t think Americans could be led around by the nose a few short years ago, but … sigh … looks like we were wrong. I hope Canadians are smarter than Americans, but for some reason, these populist fools seem to appeal to the less-educated masses who are likely to never be satisfied, but yet will always be looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


  5. Immigrants! HA! I have to fight off thousands of them just to get out of my house every day. The streets are full of them. They all carry knives and guns, steal everything that isn’t cemented down, and rape everything they can grab–dogs, cats, birds, snails! It’s a MESS!! A wall will help because it’s a wall. It’ll be big. Trump’s picture will be engraved into it, and, anyone with a functioning brain can tell you, immigrants HATE walls, especially walls with Trump’s picture on them. Such walls are kryptonite to the almighty immigrants. Walls make immigrants’ super powers weaker so we weak Americans can defeat them. Hell, without that wall, the billions of immigrants flooding our streets every day will soon take over America and end the reign of Draft-Dodge Donny, the biggly-est, most cowardly president EVER!! Who, oh, who would want an America without a draft-dodging daddy’s boy leading it? Not me! No way! MAGA!!! Have a great Sunday, and may the all-loving theocracy of Mike Pence take over your land and force Christianity up your backside. $Amen$

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    • I am not even going to ask how one rapes a snail!!! 😄 😄 😄 You may have been out in the sun a bit too long today! No no no no no … let us please get rid of Pence along with Donnie … I’ll gladly take my chances with Ryan for the next 3 months! Most cowardly president ever hits the nail squarely on the head! You have a great Sunday also, even though it is now Monday!

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    • It is a very scary thought, indeed. Even scarier is the thought that we may not have an opportunity to do anything but perhaps sew a yellow ‘D’ onto our clothing. Two more years of Trump unfettered and uncontrolled will have horrendous results, I truly believe.


  6. YOU never disappoint…I KNEW that Trump’s threatened government shutdown, again, would prompt a post! Laughably, I just added a comment to your comment on my comment…anyway, this post is spot on! Our government is in dire need of a complete makeover, not just a facelift! At the risk of labeling, “THE GOP” and their leader need to be shown that We the People are not their doormats. This is not a government of the people, by the people, for the people…and that must be returned to ALL of us. Trash is too nice of a word, let’s take out the GARBAGE and dispose of it properly. Although, it is way beyond any possible recycling. Walls are meant to keep something/someone either in or out and nothing good will come of Trump’s border wall, for those either in or out. Thank-you!

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    • You definitely know me well!!! You are right … garbage is a better word, but let’s go one better: toxic waste. And you know that toxic waste treated in such a way that its poison cannot spread, no spore remains to reproduce! No, my friend, this is no longer a government by, for and of the people, and what frightens me even more is that I don’t see it ever being so again. Walls are not what we need. Compassion, intellectuals who can solve problems and base decisions on FACTS rather than rhetoric, humanitarians who understand that we are a part of the bigger world … those are the things we need, not walls.


  7. Jill, if we step away from political parties and simply ask the bigger questions of ourselves and elected leaders:
    – is it OK to bully and lie to our allies, diminishing our relationships? The Nobel Prize economist John Nash won the prize on the basis that any group makes more profit if the mission is to help everyone gain. This flies in direct conflict with zero-sum trade posture.
    – is it OK to vilify the media as an enemy of the people, just because they disagree with you or point out that you are less than truthful?
    – is it OK to demonize people merely because they criticized you or asked you to be better than you are as it is harmful to the US when you are not?
    – is it OK to make policies off rhetoric and not facts? Solving problems is hard enough when we use data.


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        • Feel free Jill….on thinking about it I must admit part of it may have come from Michael Herr’s book ‘Despatches’.
          I think he used the words ‘five minutes of a swim in that pool…’; though he was referring to the psychological affects the Vietnam War was having on men serving at the very sharpest of ends.
          A great book, particularly when narrated by a good audio book actor. Audio really is the best medium for it.

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          • I haven’t read that one, but after reading a bit about it on Wikipedia and Amazon, it sounds like one I would like to read. I recently downloaded the audio for a book I was reading on Kindle, thinking that I could read by listening while going about household chores, etc. But, with my poor hearing, I was unable to understand the audio, only picking up about one in five words, so I suppose it is better I stick to the printed word. I’m not complaining, though, for remember that there was a time not so long ago that I thought I would lose the ability to read the printed word, too. At least I can see to read now! 👓

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    • All excellent, thoughtful questions, and I think we can pretty accurately guess how they would be answered. Logic and facts, common sense and accountability … they have all more or less been de-valued by a certain element of our society these days. We must find a way to bring them back! Especially the ‘accountability’, for there seems to be none at all in Washington today.


  8. If you take the rubbish out I reckon Mexico would be happy to pay for that.What an abused people by Trump as are the Canadians. Is that the next wall. No, no more talk of walls, get rid of Trump instead and already things are looking up.

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    • I hear you! I haven’t either, but I think many of us feel the same at this point. The GOP is rotting from the inside out and it’s time to get them out of office. Perhaps some within the GOP will have enough decency to realize the problem at some point and work to rebuild the party, but as long as it is the party of greed, big business, guns and corruption, I will not vote for a republican again!


  9. Trump and the rabid wing of your social media are menaces in one form or another; they are hate-mongers, hysterics and have no idea of the responsibility which comes with Liberty.
    The perfect poster folk adverts for authoritarian left-wing governments. (Which an’t no sunny day in the park watching the fluffy bunnies play either folks)

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    • Quite so, and it seems that politics is turning into a big game. Perhaps it always has been and I’ve just been ignorant of it, thinking that except for the obviously corrupt governments, most were trying to do the right thing. But today, the stakes in this jumbo game seem too high to play around, and yet that is exactly what Trump, his administration and his supporters are doing … playing with the lives, not only of people in the U.S., but of every person on the globe! He really needs to be stopped, but some think this is all great fun to watch! To me, watching this makes Nightmare on Elm Street seem like Sesame Street!

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