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:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
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!