So, Trump has “magnanimously” agreed to open the government for three weeks sans the $5,7 billion he has demanded for his atrocious border wall. And he is hailed a hero … for doing what he could have done 35 days ago and saved this nation both mega-dollars and many, many headaches. I, for one, have no praise for him … he’s a day late and a dollar short. His reasons for finally agreeing to a very short-term truce? His ratings in the polls were plunging and … La Guardia International Airport in New York was closed, with others sure to follow suit since workers were largely done working without pay.
Don’t get me wrong … I am thankful that the government will re-open for 21 days, at least. However, a solution seems unlikely to be worked out during that time, and then what? Trump didn’t capitulate … he is still demanding his ego-toy aka border wall … he just figured he better appease his base before he woke up one morning to find his approval ratings in the single digits. And, as I said, he could have stopped the bleeding long before, but didn’t care enough about the citizens of this nation to do so. So no, folks, don’t applaud him or pat him on the back … he is still the same vulgar, self-serving Donald Trump.
Now, you would think that everyone would be breathing a sigh of temporary relief at the news, right? Wrong. Remember Q-Anon? Back in August, I posted a re-blog of Gronda’s explanation of the group. In a nutshell, it is a group of Trump-supporting conspiracy theorists who believe that Trump, at some unspecified point in the future, will declare martial law and that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will hand down hundreds of sealed indictments against Deep State “traitors” like Hillary Clinton, George Soros and President Barack Obama. The group had their 15 minutes of fame last summer and have rarely been heard from since.
Today, Q-Anon crawled out from under their rock to express their outrage at Trump for, as they so succinctly put it, ‘caving’ on the border wall. Sheesh … a bunch of nuts! There is, however, reason to be concerned, for this is a radical, gun-toting group who, though lacking depth or organization, know no bounds. Last June for instance a man with an AR-15 drove onto the Hoover Dam in an armored truck, demanding the government release evidence validating Q-Anon. Already I have seen some tweets by Q-Anon members calling for the group to “Take the situation into our own hands.”
Surprisingly, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows praised the agreement to pause the shutdown until February 15th, although he said that Trump promised him he would not back down on his demand for the border wall funding. He indicated that if the democrats don’t agree over the next three weeks to fund the border wall, he expects Trump to use “executive action”, in other words declaring the state of national emergency he has been threatening for weeks now.
And oh yeah … a few of the Fox ‘News’ pundits – the same ones who goaded Trump into this catastrophic shutdown 35 days ago – are not happy either! Awwwww … poor babies …
Again, folks, this isn’t the end of the shutdown, but merely a deferment. On February 15th, it is quite possible that the whole mess will begin anew. Trump deserves no praise for finally doing what he should have done more than a month ago, and his motives are his own, not our best interest.