He is … he isn’t … he will … he won’t. Our federal government is in full-chaos mode and for the most part, the blame can be laid squarely at the feet of the so-called president, who is playing childish games, and those who put him in office.
“I am proud to shut down the government for border security. I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it.” – Donald Trump in meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, 11 December
Then only two days later, he appeared to signal he was on board with backing down, writing in a series of Twitter posts that he would continue to press Democrats for wall funding next year and also claiming that he had taken other steps to make the border “tight.”
And now, one week later …
“At this moment, the President does not want to go further without border security, which includes steel slats or a wall. The President is continuing to weigh his options.” – Sarah Huckabee Sanders, 20 December
And now, to add insult to injury … as if Trump isn’t already creating enough turmoil … enter Mark Meadows and his mis-named “Freedom Caucus”.
Meadows appeared on Fox News on Thursday morning, warning that a continuing resolution without border wall funding was not a “punt” but a “fumble,” and complaining that Trump’s mind must have been poisoned by “bad advice.” Meadows urged Trump to veto the spending bill, should it reach his desk, and to shut down much of the government days before the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. How very mature, yes?
Then Trump tweets …
“The Democrats, who know Steel Slats (Wall) are necessary for Border Security, are putting politics over Country. What they are just beginning to realize is that I will not sign any of their legislation, including infrastructure, unless it has perfect Border Security. U.S.A. WINS!”
Does anybody in this administration have a maturity level beyond 3rd grade? This isn’t a government – it’s a zoo!!!
The fact is that the wall is not a pragmatic solution to illegal immigration. It will be costly, likely somewhere near $70 billion, and experts who have studied the situation have plainly said it will achieve little. Border states stand to lose billions of dollars in tourism. There is the potential for significant damage to wildlife and the environment. And frankly, there are much better uses that money could be put to … silly little things like feeding the poor, improving our foundering education system, affordable healthcare, renewable energy development, updating our infrastructure, and the list goes on.
Congress cannot cave in to Donald Trump’s virulent temper tantrum, for just as with a child, he would then know the way to get what he wants is to throw a 2-year-old fit. In fact, I’ve known 2-year-olds with more maturity than Trump.
Last January, during another of Trump’s back-and-forth position-shifting episodes, Chuck Schumer said that negotiating with Trump was like “Negotiating with Jello”. Seems an appropriate comparison, for Jello has just about as much substance and intellect as Donald Trump, and it’s jiggly.
This type of petulance in a world leader is simply unacceptable. It is counter-productive and extremely dangerous. If Donald Trump’s goal is to thoroughly destroy the government of the United States, he is doing a damned good job of it. If ever, in the history of this nation, there was a cause to remove a leader from office, this is it. His announcement that he is, against all advice, pulling out of Syria is dangerous and potentially catastrophic, but he woke one morning and just decided that it was what he wanted to do to please his buddy Putin. Some will applaud the move … most will not, and I will have more on that in another post. But the evidence is clear that we cannot afford another two years of this madman in the White House. Impeachment? Amendment 25? Neither seem feasible at the moment because of the sycophants in both the Senate and the cabinet. I don’t know the solution, but I know that these past weeks, ever since the mid-term elections, have proven what an inept and dangerous situation we have with Trump in the White House. Republicans in Congress and in the cabinet need to be finding their consciences and putting this nation ahead of their own gluttony. Those 40% of voters who still support Trump might want to take their blinders off, turn off state-run Fox News, and do a bit of research, enlighten themselves, before they get us all killed.
Make America great again? What he has done is the exact opposite. He is destroying the country with every breath he takes. Would that he would simply stop taking them.