A Slap In The Face!

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:

lady liberty criesNot 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?

32 thoughts on “A Slap In The Face!

  1. While he touts security and this idiotic wall, TSA agents and air traffic controllers, people who keep travelers like myself safe, are working long hours without pay.Air traffic controllers are without key backup personnel and have the added stress of wondering how they are going to pay their bills.

    As someone who travels by air every week, I empathize with these people as they try to keep things going while the government plays chicken over this idiotic, ineffective wall.


  2. No Walls.

    China built a wall…. it was at an enormous cost and was ineffective. It never stopped 
an invasion, The Wall was easily overrun or avoided by northern tribes. It’s now exactly what it should be a relic of the past.

    Berlin built a wall… 5000 people escaped over or under the wall. It kept families apart, cost lives, and represented outdated ideals, when it came down and Germany was reunified, they saw financial growth and stability. It is now a relic of the past. Also…
    East German leader Walter Ulbricht claimed, “We have sealed the cracks in the fabric of our house and closed the holes through which the worst enemies of the German people could creep.”

    Sounds a lot like something the dumpster would say and some would argue is another tie to Russia/Soviet Union.

    France built a “wall” to keep the Germans out… The Maginot Line. The Germans went around it. The line has since become a metaphor for expensive efforts that offer a false sense of security. It’s a relic.

    We don’t need walls…. we need health care reform with a strong mental health benefit. Maybe with better access to mental health care, we don’t need gun control.

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    • You are spot on in everything you say! It is not needed, for immigrants are not the ones committing crimes and murders in this nation. The cost is likely to hit $70 billion when all is said and done … imagine how many families could eat for a year on that money. And useless, for all the experts have said what you are saying … a wall is not going to keep out people who really want to get in. They will go around, they will tunnel under … they will find a way. As so many have said in the past, “Build bridges, not walls”. When did humanity and compassion go out of style? On January 20, 2017. There are so much better uses to which we could put that money. Welcome, by the way!

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      • it went away earlier than 2017… I hold up the Westboro baptist church… protesting funerals instead of being compassionate and letting people deal with their loss. It happened before that… It’s disgusting.

        And sadly, a lot of the people who are this way are so called christians. Christian with a capital C means Christ like…. and they are anything but. I was raised in christianity and it’s been perverted and politicised.

        I guess it’s a curse of getting older….

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        • Quite so, but I was thinking more along the lines of our last president, who I believe did have the best interests of the nation and its people at heart, who did at least have a heart and a conscience. But you are quite right … I am not religious but I can see the perfidy of the evangelical christians who claim to love everyone, but the reality is they love only those whose skin is white, who are straight, of Anglo-Saxon descent, and who think as they do. And the Westboro group are, in my book, a gang of jerks, thugs. So yes, some have lost their humanity long ago.

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  3. A panelist on CNN said this morning that Trump wants in a wall something grand that can be seen from space. It should have plaques every little way with his name on them. Someone asked if there would be a moat. A Chinese comic on another show said he could tell people that walls don’t work. 😀 — Suzanne

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  4. Hello Jill and all. A few points I would like to make. On the wall erected by the Israelis in order for it to work as tRump brags it does they have to keep armed soldiers who shoot to kill with sniper rifles anyone including children who gets anywhere near the wall. Is this what tRump wants for our southern border? Does he intend to give the order to shoot mothers and little kids trying to enter legally for asylum from the armed killers they are fleeing. As for the traffic on the southern border here is the facts. People coming over the border is at the lowest point in decades. The people coming over the border today are not young men trying to avoid detection and capture as they run as fast as possible to get as deep as they can into our country. Instead what is coming to the border now are people seeking to be apprehended. They are not fleeing from the border patrol, but seeking them out. Even the border patrol admits they are not doing chases across the desert, but instead are being flagged down and have a need to transport and process families and children. Now tRump is saying he can declare a state of emergency and initiate martial law so he can have the military build his wall with money he can raid from any part of the government. I wonder how congress is going to like that they are not needed for the purse strings and can just disband. I heard a person today who spent some time watching fox news and according to them tRump is winning as a significant large majority supports the president and want the wall. That is not true. But he hears only fox news, and they are right out lying to make sure he won’t fold. Can I make a point off topic? I just read and posted: “The South Carolina GOP wants to cancel the 2020 primary in case there is a GOP challenger. The Arizona GOP threatens its membership if they question Donald. This is what authoritarianism looks like in a republic”. So this is why tRump thinks he can do anything he wants to including lying, stealing, and destroying democracy. He already has been anointed by state TV and a hateful rabid following of both bigots and evangelical Christians. Be well. Hugs

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    • I strongly suspect that Trump would have no conscience about killing children at the border … I think he has no conscience about killing anybody, even U.S. citizens within the nation, for that is what his shutdown will be doing if he allows it to go on for months or years. People will die. Period.

      You are right that people crossing the border is at a new low … who the heck would WANT to come here … I don’t even want to be here! But for Trump, facts are irrelevant and the ‘truth’ is whatever he says it is at any given moment. And his lackeys, like Kirstjen Nielson, will say just what he tells them to. Think about this … that jobs report from the Department of Labour? Do you believe it? I don’t. I can’t prove it is inaccurate, but I believe it to be. I think any semblance of integrity that once existed in our federal government is gone.

      I’m glad you did make your ‘point off topic’, for I had not come across those tidbits, but will take a closer look now that you’ve given me a heads-up! Thank you! The first is illegal and I hope will not be tolerated. The second is an infringement on our right to free speech. In my opinion, we now have a dictator. We can call him a ‘president’, though I refuse to, but you can call something whatever you like … doesn’t make it so. He is a bully and he is an autocrat. Frankly, he is every bit as bad as some third-world dictators. Can we say … Welcome to the Banana Republic of America?


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      • Jill, good comments. In short, the US President is an amoral man. I found it interesting his saying he will do what it takes to shut down the government to get his wall. Excuse me, but what sacrifice are you making? Are you foregoing paying bills and worrying about mortgage and rent payments as your workers are? This BS about sacrifice is highly insulting. Keith


      • You are correct about his “numbers facts” not being correct. it has come out that he HLS and DOJ numbers about immigration and crime are skewed and almost totally incorrect. Hugs


  5. Jill, the slap on the face is on both the Statue of Liberty and Lady Justice. This man is making money off the Presidency. There is a word for this – corruption. This man is making a mockery of our allied relationships and civil discourse with leaders. There is a word for this – bully. This man is untruthful and does not honor good faith dealings. There is a word for this – untrustworthy.

    Republican leaders have made their bed with this wolf, so they cannot complain of fleas or if he chewed on their leg. He says he has done nothing wrong. There is a word for this – mistaken. Keith

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    • You are right on all counts, and I would add that this ‘man’ is abusing, misleading and robbing the very people he is tasked with leading, and the word for that is ‘criminal’. Remember how he used to refer to Hillary Clinton as “Crooked Hillary”? Perhaps he needs to look in a mirror.


    • Actually, a hedge is a better idea… At least it looks nice, supports wildlife better and acts as a symbolic border.
      Trump might as well put up police (DO NOT CROSS) tape up. A wall will not stop any of the criminal element that he is targeting, rather, it becomes a challenge to them. All that a wall will do, is keep out the good people who can contribute to a healthy, beneficial society.

      The ‘Wall’ is going to be the most infamous disaster of any Presidential legacy. Trump will be remembered in comedic parody for years after he dies. How sad for America.

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  6. New year but same old rich, powerful, and successful Trump. There can be no doubt that he fully approves of the letter’s contents, but there is no way that he could write this many big words and it is questionable if he even understands most of them. What is beyond any doubt…he intends to get his wall no matter what it takes, consequences be damned, as well as anyone or anything that stands in his way. There is also little doubt that this will get worse before it gets better. Congress needs to get off of their collective ass-ets and get down to productive business, sooner rather than later. 2019’s happy faded fast. Thank-you!

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    • Yep … the ‘happy’ of the moment faded within hours … actually, I think we both knew it would. Like you, I can only foresee it getting much worse before it gets better. I have a strong urge to bash the heads of everyone who voted this bozo into the White House.


  7. I’ve been to Israel where there is indeed a “wall” one with concertina wire strung across the top..it is several thousand miles long and very nearly bankrupted the country. The entire purpose was to separate the Muslim community from the Jewish community. It causes nothing but problems on BOTH sides of it. THIS is what the Cheeto wants. to separate the “poor” from the “rich….to keep ‘those brown people” out. It is nothing for him to have “illegals” working in all of his facilities but by God, he doesn’t want a single one to have a dream of a better life. I never really understood the feelings behind the word “hate” until he became president. I understand it completely….now.

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    • I fully agree with all you say, and I also know just what you mean about the concept of hate. Never before in my life have I felt the animosity I feel toward this man … pure hatred. I never thought I could wish someone dead before, but that is exactly what I hope to hear every morning when I awaken.


  8. Of course I agree with all you’ve written … but wanted to mention a comment someone made on one of my posts. Obviously a tRumpsky fan, this person claimed Obama has a “wall” around his house. A bit of research reveals the truth.

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    • I saw that yesterday, and as you said, a simple Google search reveals that there ain’t no bloomin’ wall around his home!!! When will people stop these foolish games? When will people stop believing every thing they hear on Fox?

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  9. I’m sorry, but that is some weird-a$$ political system that allows a petulant 2 year old to keep the government closed until/unless he gets his way. Plus, if the “government” is closed, how is it he and his cronies are still getting paid? A Canadian wants to know…

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    • You are quite right … it is like a really bad work of fiction! Another good question is, if the government is shut down, possibly for years, why do we even need a president? Frankly, I would welcome you guys to invade us and take over our country!


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