Trump is holding hardworking government employees (and people doing contract work for the government) hostage until he gets the money to build his useless, destructive, and racist wall. Only a sociopath without empathy or a conscience would punish innocent people because he can’t get his way. These are not the tactics of any democracy, but are the ones used by tin pot dictators in backwards banana republics. As for the shutdown, there’s no end in sight. As usual, the spoiled toddler in the Oval Office is digging his heels in deeper, folding his fat, sluglike arms arrogantly across his puffed up chest, and holding his breath like a bratty two year old until he gets his wall. He cannot and will not compromise because working with others cooperatively is not in his nature. Attacking and demonizing when he doesn’t get his way is.
We are becoming a shithole country.
And it’s much more than just not paying people for their hard work (who just got their first paycheck with a big fat ZERO on it and have been given no promises of being paid any back pay) or laying them off. Necessary programs are being shut down, including Food Stamps and the Parks Department. The USDA has stopped food inspections, which will lead to epidemics of illness and food poisoning. Our national parks are now dangerous places that are becoming filled with trash from squatters and transients, and as they are being kept open, no security is being provided. And it’s all because Trump is a spoiled brat who can’t get his way on something that is not only a bad idea but would never work anyway.
It’s not that border security isn’t important. But there are better, less invasive, more modern, and cheaper ways to protect our borders. This could all be resolved without making innocent and hardworking people suffer and go without the things they need because the government refuses to pay them (while actually increasing the pay of high ranking government officials and other Trump cronies). But compromise isn’t a word in the Trump or GOP vocabulary. It’s their way or the highway. To make matters worse for those victimized by his cruel policies, Trump and his privileged cronies who never wanted for anything have the gall to patronizingly suggest furloughed workers take up babysitting or hold yard sales.
I’m so disgusted with this ruthless, spoiled, and evil tyrant, and his tyrannical, mob boss tactics. I’m so exhausted I don’t have much more to say about the government shutdown, so I’ll just let these words from authoritarian expert and frequent MSNBC contributor Sarah Kendzior speak for all of us (I’m sorry, but I don’t have the information on what book this is from).
Thankfully, with the new Democratic Congress demanding accountability and restoring some checks and balances, there are new investigations into Trump and his criminal, treasonous and immoral activities, and Mueller is almost finished wrapping up his case. For perhaps the first time in his empty, criminal, privileged life, there will finally be consequences for Trump and his equally amoral and arrogant older children, and all the white collar criminals and traitors who have aided and abetted Trump in his lies and treason. Trump and his enablers are Russian assets and enemies of America.
Justice is coming.