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.