This morning, Trump sent a letter to all members of both chambers of Congress. The letter is long-winded and not particularly interesting, filled with his typical bluster and lies, but you can read it if you wish. There is one part, however, that stuck out like a sore thumb:
“Absolutely critical to border security and national security is a wall or a physical barrier that prevents entry in the first place. Members of both parties—including then Senators Obama and Clinton, current Senator Schumer, and many other members of the House and Senate—all voted for a hard, physical barrier. Walls work. That’s why rich, powerful, and successful people build them around their homes. All Americans deserve the same protection. In Israel, it is 99 percent effective.”
I live in a relatively poor neighborhood that is bordered by a very wealthy neighborhood … it is, in fact, where former Speaker of the House John Boehner lives. Until a few years ago, we were able to drive through that neighborhood, called only “Wetherington”, and I had frequently done so, as it connects our area of town to the area where most shopping and dining venues are located. I never once saw a wall surrounding a single house. Most do not even have fences. The community eventually put up a gate at the entrances to the area, for the residents complained about the noise we commoners made driving through their community, but there are no walls.
I have, when I was younger, traveled through many areas in this nation from Boston to Los Angeles and points in between, and I have never seen a house surrounded by a wall. It is not the “rich, powerful, and successful” people who would build walls around their homes, it is the paranoid fools who would do so. This is another of Trump’s many thousand lies, but it is offensive as hell to We The People! It is a slap in the face by the very ‘man’ whose salary we work hard to pay. It suggests that if you are not “rich, powerful, and successful”, then you are of little or no value.
Who would want to live in a house surrounded by a wall? I would not. I would feel horribly isolated from the world, and that is exactly what Donald Trump is trying to do to the United States – isolate us completely from the rest of the world. Why? The U.S. and its people are no better than any others. People from other nations bring wealth to our culture … they bring us new foods, fashion, dance, music, art, and the list goes on. They add value to our nation, to our lives.
There are many things that can be done to enhance the security of our borders, however … most crime, most murders in this nation are not committed by immigrants, legal or illegal. Most murders in this nation are committed by people who were born and raised right here in the United States. And most are committed with guns. Donald Trump and his cast of characters are not … I repeat are NOT … concerned in the least bit with the safety of the people living in the U.S., for if they were, they would forget about the damn wall and turn their attention to gun regulation that would truly make this nation a safer place to live.
The fact that Trump is willingly making this country less safe by keeping parts of the government shut down unless he gets his way with the wall tells the story in its entirety. He is on a huge ego trip and will stop at nothing to have his way. I urge both the Senate and the House of Representatives to pass a spending bill that is veto-proof, one that will be supported by at least a 2/3 majority in both houses of Congress, so that we can resume the business of government despite Trump’s best efforts to destroy the nation.
As I was writing this, came the news that Trump said he is willing to keep the government shut down for months, or even years unless he gets the initial funding for his wall. And … to add insult to injury, while 800,000 federal workers are not being paid, Mike Pence and ‘hundreds of senior political appointees’ will receive a $10,000 pay raise tomorrow! Yet another slap in the face!
I close by asking that we all consider the poem written by Emma Lazarus that is on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Note to readers: Since this was published, it was reported that Trump is also considering declaring a state of national emergency. The beginning? Or the end?