Stealing From ‘We The People’ … Again

We never get a break from the horrors of the Donnie Show anymore … rarely does a single day go by that there isn’t some new abomination to stir our ire, to cause a wtf to emit from our voicebox before we can catch it.  Today’s came before I was even out of bed, thereby jump-starting my day, though not in any good way.

There are a number of reasons that Trump was able to garner enough electoral votes to win the election in 2016:  gerrymandered districts, Russian propaganda, Hillary’s lack of popularity, and “The Wall”.  He fostered fear among the predominantly un-and-under-educated … fear of immigrants who, he said, were “bad hombres”, were rapists and drug lords, who must be stopped.  He alone, he said, could fix this, and his solution was … well, it started out being a “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border that “Mexico is going to pay for”.

Early on, like the moment he first said the words, it was clear that Mexico wasn’t going to pay for a damn wall or anything else.  Why should they?  Why would they?  So, that part of the conversation simply died, and Trump’s cheering section quickly forgot about it.  Now, 31 months into his term, the “big, beautiful wall” is to be an ugly black fence, and he is planning to steal from We the People to build said fence.  Before election day 2020.  Why?  Because it is the only thing, when all the detritus is set aside, that he proposed that rallied the masses in 2016, and as of right now, he has accomplished absolutely nothing.  It is a safe bet that the economy will be in worse, not better, shape by the time election day rolls around, so he needs something with which to appease his base.

The wall, or fence as it were, has been undisputedly proven by experts to be useless, unnecessary, and a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars.  That, in and of itself, would be bad enough, but now he is so obsessed with his damn fence that he is planning to steal from landowners, and steal money from disaster relief funds that exist to help people after such things as hurricanes, wildfires and more.

According to The Washington Post …

Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of miles of border fence ahead of the 2020 presidential election that he has directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts, aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules, according to current and former officials involved with the project.

He also has told worried subordinates that he will pardon them of any potential wrongdoing should they have to break laws to get the barriers built quickly, those officials said.

[Trump] has told senior aides that a failure to deliver on the signature promise of his 2016 campaign would be a letdown to his supporters and an embarrassing defeat.

When aides have suggested that some orders are illegal or unworkable, Trump has suggested he would pardon the officials if they would just go ahead, aides said. He has waved off worries about contracting procedures and the use of eminent domain, saying “take the land.”

The article goes on to tell of Trump’s insistence on painting the fence black, even though it will add significantly to the cost, simply because he likes the way it looks.  Billions of dollars will be spent, people will have their land stolen from them, and worse yet, irreparable damage will be done to the environment.  All so Trump can say he kept his promise … sort of … to his supporters.  It’s a fence, not a wall.  It’s being paid for by We the People, not Mexico.  It will kill flora and fauna.  And it won’t do a damn thing to resolve the issue of people crossing the border without proper authorization.

Tropical storm Dorian is brewing in the Atlantic, expected to strengthen to a Category 3 hurricane.  Puerto Rico, still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, is in its path, and then it is likely to head to Florida as it gains even more strength.  Will Puerto Rico once again be denied disaster assistance, this time because Trump spent all the money in the pot on his abomination of a fence … a useless fence?

It is my opinion that since this fence’s only real purpose is to give Trump bragging rights for his 2020 re-election campaign, the money for the wall should come from his campaign war chest.  Surely all his wealthy donors, all those people to whom he gave tax cuts amounting to millions of dollars, would be willing to chip in to ensure he pleases his gullible base with this ignoble wall?  Here’s what his top ten donors have given him …

  1. Robert Mercer, Renaissance Technologies – $13.5 million
  2. Sheldon Adelson and Miriam Adelson, Las Vegas Sands Corporation (LVS) – $10 million
  3. Linda McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) – $6 million
  4. Bernard Marcus, Retired – $7 million
  5. Geoffrey Palmer, G.H. Palmer Associates – $2 million
  6. Ronald M Cameron, Mountaire Corp. – $2 million
  7. Peter Thiel, Palantir Technologies – $1.25 million
  8. Walter Buckley Jr, Actua Corporation (ACTA) – $1 million
  9. Cherna Moskowitz, Hawaiian Gardens Casino – $1 million
  10. Peter Zieve, Electroimpact – $1 million

You want a wall fence, Donnie … pay for it with something other than our money!  Get your donors to up the ante by a few million each.  We the People have better things to do with our money, like providing health care to our citizens, repairing broken infrastructure, providing relief to Puerto Rico to re-build, providing funds to California when the inevitable wildfires hit later this fall, and finding ways to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren.  Frankly, we have more to fear from you than from immigrants crossing the border.

46 thoughts on “Stealing From ‘We The People’ … Again

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    You got that right … day 900+ of his shyteshow … ‘e never get a break from the horrors of the Donnie Show anymore … rarely does a single day go by that there isn’t some new abomination to stir our ire, to cause a WTF to emit from our voice box before we can catch it. ‘

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    • Thank you, my dear friend! I don’t know how much more of the Donnie Show I can take … I think I shall find myself a small, uncharted island somewhere and go become a hermit, catching fish for my supper and cracking a coconut for my breakfast … need to take a few years’ worth of tobacco with me, though. 😉

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    • Thank you very much! Yes, both seem to believe themselves to be above the law and are on a dangerous power trip. We are definitely on a downward spiral, or as I often say, headed full-speed for a looming cliff. Sigh.

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  2. Thankfully, the hurricane seems to have missed most of Puerto Rico (this time). Nevertheless, your point is still valid. Disaster relief should be foremost on the list of monies being spent – not walls. I worry that Donnie is influencing right-wingers in Canada. We also have an upcoming election and a right-wing party that is seemingly headed backwards on climate change, education, women’s rights, immigrants and the LGBTQ community. Lord please help us all!

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  3. If Trump persists in wanting his accursed wall, or fence as it has become, let him build it himself…with his own two tiny hands! That should keep him busy past the 2020 election, or mayhaps during the laborious construction an endangered animal will devour him bones and all. Though, it would likely poison the poor unsuspecting animal. Or, if he is building in Arizona and wanders into the desert…it would be unlawful to assist him, lest he might be an illegal immigrant in disguise. So many possibilities! Thank-you!

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    • He is a threat to the entire world, and that is how we have to look at him. Not just in the USA, not just in the U.K., but the entire world. Our back yards are worthless if all life is destroyed.

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    • Yes, Boris has listened to Donnie, who told him that the best option would be a “no-deal” Brexit, and promised him sweet trade deals if he does it his way. Now, I wonder if Trump will take a page from Boris’ book and try to shut down Congress while he plays with our money trying to build his damn fence. Sigh.

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    • Quite possibly so, but meanwhile … money is being thrown away and people are losing their land, in some cases their homes. 😥 He’s already the Worst President Ever in my book, and many other books, I think. I hope the history books will see it that way, too. Now, to get people motivated to vote him out!
      Cwtch

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  4. The Donnie Horrow Show? Why do I see more clouds on the horizon? Now I hear Boris Judas Johnson wants to suspend Parliament so they can’t vote him out of Brexit? Now that’s a good idea. Will Donnie suspend the House?

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    • There’s a thought! Fortunately, Dorian seems to have largely missed Puerto Rico, but still, there will be others, and no doubt there will be fires in California this fall. People should come first … our government seems to have lost sight of that.

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    • Quite amazing, closing Parliament, and getting the Queen to sign off on it. There goes democracy out the window. What if he never recalls it. Do we start calling him Mini-Trump, or will someone play Boris the Spider (The Who) on him.

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    • What Boris did was the first “breaking news” on my phone before I even had my eyes fully open this morning. After my initial “wtf” moment, I thought … I hope Trump doesn’t get ideas and shut down Congress for another month while he steals money here and there to build his abominable fence! Sigh. I was surprised that the Queen agreed to let him do it, but then I read that she tries to stay above the fray of politics. Still … perhaps this is one time she should have made an exception?

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      • Unfortunately, the Queen has no real power. It is a constitutional Monarchy. She can give advice to her Prime Minister (always secret) and that is it. She has no over-riding powers. If our far left wing party ‘The Green Party’ ever get into power, one of their mandates (not widely known), is to turn Britain into a Republic and get rid of the Monarchy (as the French did in the French Revolution but perhaps with less shedding of blood).

        Britain’s political system is in complete meltdown. If a referendum or an election is held, even more chaos will ensue as I think violence will errupt on the streets. This is where we are… It is no coincidence that we have had two Prime Ministers resign. We are looking at mayhem and lack of control in all factions.

        Regardless of what happens here, or in the states, people need to look at their ‘belt-tightening’ options. We are in for a very rocky ride and self reliance is going to be very important. The ‘State’ is falling apart.

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        • That is actually a good result in my books, though not the way I would want it to happen. Still, if people were to learn self-reliance, and self-responsibility, it might work out in the end.
          But we would have to learn those things first, not after. The ugliness of humanity at present cannot be given free reign just yet. Oh, its already here! Dammit!

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          • Sorry to disillusion you David. 😔 I looked at their manifesto years ago. They have hidden their communistic ideals since then, but I don’t think they have gone away. I think a lot of youngsters think that the ‘Green’ party stands for all things environmentally sound, and to some degree, some of that is their new mandate, but they will turn us into a new sort republic that does not allow for any autonomy. I am not sure that people will like what they get, if they ever get into power. 😕

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  5. Jill, the New York Times has an article which I will post the link below. It is what we have been saying for two years.
    Here is the first paragraph:

    “Donald Trump’s presidency has baffled me, enraged me and above all saddened me, because I’m a stubborn believer in America’s promise, which he mocks and imperils.

    But last week his presidency did something to me that it hadn’t done before. It absolutely flattened me.
    I woke up Saturday, made my coffee, shuffled to my computer, started to glance at the news and suddenly had to stop. I couldn’t go on. Trump had yet again said something untrue, once more suggested something absurd, contradicted himself, deified himself, claimed martyrdom, blamed Barack Obama, made his billionth threat and hurled his trillionth insult.”

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/donald-trump-has-worn-us-all-out/ar-AAGpQs5?ocid=spartandhp

    Keith

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    • There are a number of columnists in The New York Times that I enjoy immensely, and Frank Bruni is one of them! This is Bruni at his best! It is so kind of you to share this with all of Jill’s followers. Thank-you!

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      • Thanks Ellen. Bruni is excellent. To be frank, I am sure he wears out many Republicans as well. I love that new GOP presidential candidate Joe Walsh has called Trump a “clear and present danger.” I think it is up to Dems and Independents to share the concerns of Republicans like Walsh, George Will, David Brooks, etc. Thanks, Keith

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