Against All Advice …

What happens when you are ignorant of a certain situation, yet you make a decision that will impact the lives of millions, and nearly 100 well-informed, well-educated, highly-knowledgeable people tell you that you are wrong?  Do you listen to what they say and perhaps alter your decision?  Or do you tell them to sit down and shut up, and proceed down a destructive path?  Depends on who you are.  If you are a wise person, a thinker, you listen, and you ask questions and you re-evaluate your position.  If, however, you are Donald Trump, you throw the wizards overboard and give the order for “full steam ahead!”, even though the iceberg looms larger and larger.

Ten days ago, Don Trump declared a “state of national emergency”, even as he admitted that there is no emergency, that he could have attempted to go through legal channels, but he wanted to do it faster. He. Wanted. And now, he intends to divert funds that are needed for the safety and well being of the people of this nation to build a wall that wiser men know is not necessary and that almost nobody in the country wants.

Today, a group of 25 former republican members of Congress published an open letter appealing to Congress to block Trump’s intent to act against the Constitution and against the people of this nation.

Also today, a bipartisan group of 58 former senior national security officials issued a statement saying that “there is no factual basis” for President Trump’s proclamation of a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.  There is no factual basis.  It is a figment of Trump’s imagination.  It is a waste of our precious resources.  It is an ego trip.

Last Monday, a coalition of sixteen states filed a lawsuit to block Trump’s plan to build a border wall without permission from Congress, arguing that the president’s decision to declare a national emergency is unconstitutional.  The states that are participating in the lawsuit are:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Virginia

If your state isn’t listed here, you need to get in touch with your governor and let him know in no uncertain terms that he needs to take this seriously and join this coalition.

Tomorrow, the House will vote on a resolution to block Trump’s declaration.  The vote is almost certain to pass the House, which will force the Senate to bring it to a vote within 18 days.  If the Senate fails to vote to block the declaration, then shame on the Senate and every senator who votes ‘nay’ must be voted out of office at the earliest possible date.  Trump has forcefully declared that he will veto the measure, but with a 2/3 majority, any veto can be overridden.  At the very least, it sends a message that his decision is NOT what the people of this nation need or want.

But back to the statement by the 58 former national security officials.

“Under no plausible assessment of the evidence is there a national emergency today that entitles the president to tap into funds appropriated for other purposes to build a wall at the southern border.”

These are people who know what they are talking about.  They are people who have been responsible for the safety and well-being of the nation.  They are people educated and with experience in the area of national security.  And they see no reason to declare a state of emergency.  The little boy, Donnie, has cried “Wolf!” one time too many.

In addition to Madeline Albright, other signers include such highly respected dignitaries as Eliot A. Cohen, State Department counselor under President George W. Bush; Thomas R. Pickering, President George H.W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations; John F. Kerry, Obama’s second secretary of state; Susan E. Rice, Obama’s national security adviser; Leon E. Panetta, Obama’s CIA director and defense secretary; as well as former intelligence and security officials who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Among other things, they said, illegal border crossings are at nearly 40-year lows. Undetected unlawful entries at the U.S.-Mexico border decreased from 851,000 to nearly 62,000 between 2006 and 2016, they said, citing Department of Homeland Security statistics.  They also argue that redirecting money pursuant to the national emergency declaration “will undermine U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.”

Donald Trump’s background is in television and building hotels and casinos.  Nothing … nothing in his experience has prepared him to make the decisions he is making as he sits in the Oval Office.  He has not the background, the knowledge, nor the understanding to make such decisions.  Further, he has chased off the advisors who did have the ability to advise him wisely and replaced them with people who pander to his ego.  It has been repeatedly reported that he does not read and he does not listen to those with more knowledge than he.

If 58 chefs tell a novice cook not to use rotten milk else it will spoil the pudding, the cook darn well better listen!  This ‘chef’ is blind, deaf and dumb, yet he is making decisions that will affect the lives of over 300 million people!  It is past time for Congress to act to stop this madness!

35 thoughts on “Against All Advice …

  1. Dear Jill,

    Can you believe that these are the same GOP lawmakers condemning Michael Cohen as a liar when their backing of the president’s declaration of a national emergency over a phony immigration crisis at the US SW border makes them all guilty of lying now or lying a few years ago, as they decried President Obama for exceeding the power of his office by daring to declare an executive order to give a break to DACA dreamers. The comparison of what they said then versus what they’re saying now is like night and day. The lawmakers who back the president’s actions are checking their honor, consciences at the door of tribal politics, at its worst.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Well said … “checking their honor, consciences at the door of tribal politics …” That is so true! Did you hear about the one who actually threatened Cohen, mob-style? The GOP needs to rein in their puppies before they find themselves in a heap of trouble! Hugs!!!

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  2. It’s all a big power game for them. The democrats do have some genuine care about fairness and the little guy, but the republicans mostly are a “me me” and money culture.

    The republicans often excel in this game because they are masters at stirring up fear and bigotry of all kinds. They have the edge on creating a cult following of ignorant racist people and another cult of power and money hungry people.

    Trump has excelled in this as he really appeals to the baser nastier instincts of man.

    The thing is most of the regular people are fairly good, but don’t have any power.

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    • What you say is all true. But I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Trump supporters are the minority, and yet it is their will that rules the day. We must change this, and we must do it soon, but it seems we’re fighting an uphill battle.

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  3. Excellent post! I was both surprised and dismayed that Rhode Island was not among the coalition of states filing the lawsuit. Our Governor since 2015, Gina Raimondo, is a Democrat and the first woman governor of the state. Also as of 2019, she is the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association (and only the 2nd woman to serve in this capacity). Given that all the R.I. Senators and Representatives are also Democrats, our absence is puzzling. Letters were sent! I can not help but notice that all of the New England states, except for Maine, are missing in action. Your summation of Trump’s decision making skills is supported by his tweet that I read in this morning’s “The Hill’s Morning Report” : Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump So funny to watch people who have failed for years, they got NOTHING, telling me how to negotiate with North Korea. But thanks anyway. 12:27pm – 24 Feb 2019. Is there any doubt how this will turn out? Thank-you!

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  4. Republicans! HA!!! Smaller government! HA! Reign in the executive branch! HA!!! The GOP members who continue to back this psychotic tyrant are shameful, hypocritical, despicable traitors. And those are their good points. Shame on them for supporting him and shame on his supporters for turning our country over to a Russian asset and a criminal. Can you just imagine if Hillary had won was doing this exact same kind of thing? Can you imagine if she had won and kissed Putin’s arse the way Trump does? HA!!! And, AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!! 😀

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    • Yes, Suze said she had called the governor’s office, talked to an aide and gotten a b.s. answer! I hadn’t noticed, but you are right … the southern states are not bucking Trump … surprise … not. Sigh.


  5. I really want to say something so sarcastic as to offend every right-wing thinking conservative pet canine that they are following a blithering idiot, but then I remembered they would not know the difference between sarcasm and false fake news.

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  6. Jill, Warren Buffett once said Barack Obama is the best editor of information he has ever met. 170 Presidential scholars rated him the 8th best President. The same could not be said of Trump who says he knows everything, justifying why he does not study. These same scholars rated Trump as dead last. Why would they do that? Keith

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    • Yes, why indeed? Did you know that there is a book titled “The Worst President in History: The Legend of Barack Obama”? I was incensed! It was published in 2016, yet I hadn’t heard of it until just this past weekend. Sigh.


  7. I have spoken to the aide in the governor’s office …and told her the gov need to get on board. she said “he doesn’t do that”…whatever that means. Neither of the state senators give a damn, nor do the reps. This horribly red state is obviously full of morons.

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