Partisan Politics? Are you referring to Mitch McConnell refusing to push through the bills passed by the House?
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “If I’m still the majority leader of the Senate, think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass. None of it.” [Remarks in Owensboro, KY via CNN, 4/22/19]
More than 100 bills passed by the House are awaiting legislative action in the Senate.
It was also the a time where the President believed in the rule of law, when the President did not tell people to dis obey the law.
Are you talking something specific? If so, what?
I don’t care what Trump believes personally. It is when his prejudices affect everyone else that I object to. Well, that and his lying. Has he ever opened his mouth when a lie did not come out?
I never said that the News Organizations were not covering the ?”Emergency”. I was asking where the Official Reports are. I would expect that the Intelligence Agencies would be releasing supporting documentation to the President’s claim. It seems that none of the Intelligence Chiefs deem there to be enough of a threat that they covered it when they briefed Congress on the Major Threats our Country is facing.
Yes there is problems with the Southern Border. BUT, it is not the biggest threat this country is facing, or even close. There are a lot of other issues that are much more of an emergency than the Southern Border. The main crisis there is entirely of Trump’s making.
Again, I suppose you missed the news. Here is a video link to the head of Border Control testifying to Congress explaining the crisis. https://youtu.be/vDvy_Fyr5Eg
Here is a video link to the former head of Homeland Security telling the news on the day she resigned that there is a crisis. https://youtu.be/l0qSUaHdBK8
Here is a link to Obama’s former head of Homeland Security saying it is a crisis on MSNBC of all places! https://youtu.be/QzPC_ZRmUE8
Here you can find a list of Federal Agencies that DHS oversees. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Homeland_Security
You can submit a FOIA request to the appropriate departments if you need paper in your hand to verify what is said. I don’t have time to submit it.
Since you are a veteran imagine if 100,000 people, including women and children, were coming across a border during a conflict. Would that be a “Major Threat” if you had bad actors mixed in? The head of Border Patrol explained how that works if you watch the video link. Can you name a bigger immediate threat? I can’t.
You’re right, I missed the news for the last week or so. I apologize for being out of date.
Glad I could help.
Actually, he has been wrong on so many things. The Main one is the Southern Border “Crisis”. What Crisis? If there is such a crisis, where are the reports detailing it? Why did NONE of the Intelligence Chiefs even mention the Southern Border when they briefed Congress on the Main Threats to our country? Why did Trump wait two years before he acted? Why did he say there was no rush on getting it done?
The “Crisis” President Trump has invented for the border is nothing more than his racism coming to the fore. It is a manufactured crisis he hammers on merely to boost his base.
President Trump’s Border Crisis is indicative of his Presidency, lies to merely work people up and distract them from his troubles.
Wow! Really? Do you follow the news or just social media? Obama’s former border patrol chief and the workers on the border thinks there is a crisis! https://youtu.be/yVyAJCBQX4A?t=41
Where is the plank in the Democratic Platform detailing Open Borders?
I keep asking, but I guess it does not exist, where is the report detailing the crisis at the border? Every other National Emergency had numerous reports detailing them.
“The Marines’ top general allowed memorandums to leak out of the Pentagon to bring attention to service families living among hurricane ravished military installations as the Trump administration tries to bankroll the southwest border with defense funds at the expense of combat readiness.”
This is exactly what I was afraid of. Lets screw the Enlisted Men, again! They are living in substandard housing and he stole the money from that budget? Lets eliminate the $600 plane toilet seats and use that money for the border. Lets take the money from the Officers’ budgets.
The Dems DO NOT want open borders. Yes, some are calling for it, same as the Tea Party calling for outrages in the other direction.
Most of the refugees can come into this Country! They are Asylum seekers, they are entering legally no matter where they enter from. Trump is manufacturing this Border Crisis! He is reusing to let the Asylum Seekers enter, he is allowing to pile up on the border, letting conditions to deteriorate and then act like it is the other countries fault!
If he really wanted to do something about the immigrants, why did he cancel aid to three countries? That money was helping them improve their lives so they would want to stay down there. Do you think they want to take this hike? They are desperate, mainly from our interference in their economy and government.
If the National Emergency is real, why did he say the is no hurry? Why did he wait for two years before he threw his hissy fit? Why is he golfing during the crisis? Why did ALL of the Intelligence Agencies NOT talk about it when they briefed Congress on the main threats our country faces? Where is his plan? Where is the report detailing the crisis? You can find them for other National Emergencies.
Stealing the money from the Military Construction Budgets is doing nothing but screwing over our troops, again! Most of the areas the Military added too, has been removed by the Border Patrol and Immigration. They were not needed and actually interfered with some operations.
Immigration, which Laws do you think need changing? Maybe the laws that allowed OUR ancestors to immigrate here? Trump is calling for the elimination of the Family & Marriage Sponsorship Visas. This would have prevented his wife from bringing her family over. Actually, it would have prevented most of our ancestors from immigrating.
Good things we committed Genocide on the American Natives so they could not call for Immigration reform.
Double standards? You mean like not caring if Trump groping women and bragging about? How about chants of Lock Her Up? What about declaring SOME Muslims may not enter the USA, but leaving open the ONE Country, that has supplied almost all of the Foreign Terrorist, How about Trump using a PERSONAL Cell Phone that is unsecured? How about complaining about Obama taking too many golf trips?
No one who supports Trump can complain about double standards in the Democratic Party.
” destroying people lives through the use of political office and party agendas ”
This is your defense of the “Politician” that is threatening the freedom and safety of his political opponents? How do you justify HIS attempts:
“President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with the conversation.”
Protectionism Tariffs and Taxes to prop up our industries, that’s purely socialistic. Let’s not forget all of the public works, including infrastructure.
Using tariffs against countries that use them on us is simply a tool to get them to participate in free and fair trade. Emphasis on fair trade. I agree that we should not bail out companies as previous administrations have done. I don’t know Trump’s policy on that subject. If a company is too big to fail it should be broken up. The too big to fail issue is very much like the same problem that Socialist economies face. We have laws about that but they are not always enforced. I also agree we should start to work with Dems on infrastructure. That was another promise Trump made. I hope he does not try to push that off as an agenda item in his second term.
Ayn Rand has a fantastic grip on human nature and as a result, she understands which form of government has been tailor-made for mankind.
Regarding my post about Ayn Rand and Paul Ryan. Ryan has been a follower of Ayn Rand since his College days. Hearsay is that when Ryan started in Politics his assets were $150,000.00 — now I understand his assets are 1.4 million. I am not advocating communism / socialism — I am saying that there is something wrong with our system when some CEOs take home 40 million — and the average wage is $57,000 and most likely without a Pension or Health Care!
Anyone can take the writings of any author to an extreme. I take Atlas Shrugged as an extreme position in order to bring a left-leaning society back to center using hyperbole. There is always a balance that is needed between two extreme ideas.
Also, moving from an asset value of 150 thousand to 1.4 million is not a huge financial shift over 20 years for any Congressman. I’m not defending Ryan. I’m just observing that many Congressmen get wealthy over time and many enter wealthy in the first place. I’m sure there are a lot of inside deals. They have access to information that allows them to invest where the rest of us would go to prison for insider trading. https://www.businessinsider.com/congressional-insider-trading-revealed-on-60-minutes-2011-11
I am also not arguing that there isn’t a larger wealth inequality gap than at many points in our history. Past leaders sold our country down the road with NAFTA and other trade agreements. American manufacturing suffered and along with that went the middle class. That’s another reason I and others like me fully support Trump’s trade deal position. It isn’t going to all come back in his 8-year term either. At least it sets a new tone and puts us back on the path to better incomes for Americans. We need future Presidents to be more like Trump. I’m afraid you and I won’t live to see it Fred but hopefully, the next generation will benefit.
Getting immigration under control is another factor that will help reduce the income inequality gap. We need immigration but it has to be smart and controlled. I don’t know why the left and Trump haters fight that so much. Well, I have my suspicions but it has all been said before so I won’t repeat it.
For now, we just have to continue to fight the far left Socialists and at the same time the entrenched Republican & Democrat globalists. It was never and will never be perfect under any system, just better and worse.
Like Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you.” As Christians, we need to help the poor. It is not necessarily the job of the government. We can hold people accountable but the government cannot. This is a point an old pastor made to me years ago. Ever since the government got involved the churches have pulled back and accountability went with it. That is similar to the point of Atlas Shrugged and you can see the truth of that fairly easy.
Ayn Rand is pure Bull Sxxx. Look at Europe, their economies are doing fine and they do have what you call Socialism. How much longer do you think this country is going to last when all the assets go to the top 1% or 10%? The average American’s income has been stagnant for the past 30 years while the 1% and 10% got it all. That clown Paul Ryan from Wisconsin — the loudest mouth in the House always pushed for reducing Entitlements, while he had $750.00 bottles of wine for dinner. Wake-up, we have all been taken to the cleaners!
Now that we established you are incorrect about Europe there is another great way to understand Socialism’s failures. Anytime the government controls something traditionally run by the private sector it has a higher risk of failure. When single systems with central control fail due to an accident, corruption or complacency the whole system or large parts of it suffer. When the private sector controls the same thing there is an incentive to do a better job due to competition. Also, when one part fails the whole system does not collapse. That is also why monopolies are avoided.
Let’s use your comment about Paul Ryan as an example. These people never suffer because they have immunity due to their wealth and position. So, what you are saying is you and those who agree with Socialism want to turn more things over to the likes of Paul Ryan & Pelosi to run? I think that makes my point and answers your objection. What do you think?
That was a good funny video Dan! LOL
“I do not oppose any policies that would reduce harm to the US and its residents, I fully support all valid policies. I oppose policies that either won’t work or have not been proven to work or be required.”
Hi John. Glad to hear your support Border Patrol and the barriers they want! Every rational human being should oppose things that do not work. Since walls work and are proven we should all agree on that.
I suppose you would also like to see the laws changed like I would. Here are a couple no-brainer laws we should immediately pass to save us billions of dollars per year. We should be more like Australia.
1. The law that says putting a foot on American soil entitles you to due process meaning you are caught and released must be repealed. Immediate return to country of origin must be enforced.
2. Having a child on American soil, giving that child U.S. citizenship needs to be repealed. (Known as Birthright Citizenship.)
3. Claiming asylum at the first country you enter should be enforced without exception. In other words, nobody coming from the south of Mexico can claim asylum in the U.S. if they first go through Mexico.
The law repatriating illegal immigrants is proceeding t the fastest pace it is capable of. President Trump has starved it for money in order to increase the humanitarian crisis. He wanted to point out how bad it is.
Why do we “need” to repeal the Birthright Citizenship? That is how our ancestors became US citizens. Now that we have ours, lets lock everyone else out?
I don’t really understand changing the asylum laws. They are applying for asylum in the USA, not in other countries. Almost all of the countries in Central America have the same problems with violence.
Do you also think it is a great idea to traumatize and punish children for the sins of the parents?
Hi Jon. As you can see I updated the comments area to make it a bit nicer.
The law repatriating illegal…
Can’t find anything on that. Not sure what you mean. We will never get rid of the millions of illegal immigrants. It is a physical impossibility.
Why do we “need” to repeal the Birthright Citizenship?
Many other countries have gotten rid of it or have restrictions. For example, why in the world would we allow an illegal immigrant to obtain citizenship for their child? If a person is a legal immigrant like a permanent resident then no problem. If the person has an American spouse, no problem. Otherwise, you draw the thousands of illegals here. Not smart and I’m sure reasonable people agree. Australia and others use some form of this rule. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus_soli
I don’t really understand changing the asylum laws
. On the central American countries, they should legally apply for asylum in Mexico, the first country they enter. We also know it is a ploy since 90% of those seeking asylum are not granted asylum. This backlogs our courts and costs us serious money to adjudicate. Follow the law and have them seek asylum in Mexico. PS Mexico is also overwhelmed. They should secure their border as well. They will learn the hard way.
Do you also think it is a great idea to traumatize and punish children for the sins of the parents?
Children are punished for the sins of the parents by nature. Our upbringing and choices our parents make certainly affect us. They did for me. I ended up in a boys home for kids from broken homes at 12 years of age. Not sure what you are trying to say. Let’s put American kids first. There are plenty of them in need. Why put others before our own? Is that how you treat your children? Do you put your neighbors’ children before your own? Of course, if my kids are good I will help my neighbor. However, if my children and grandchildren need something why would I give to the stranger instead of them? I am a Christian so maybe this does not make sense to you. I’m all for giving to him who asks as long as we have it to give. We cannot let our people suffer and take care of others and remain in right standing with God. 1 Timothy 5:8 ESV
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
So how many Americans must die before Democrats will act? That’s the question John. Most of what you’re saying is off subject. Stick to the facts and answer the question. Fact :border patrol says they need it. Is the acceptable number of American Dead 10000, 5000 50,000?
I would like to respond to your essay “Do far left Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and others hate their fellow Americans?
I am offended that it is being implied that I don’t care about American lives. An accusation coming from a person supporting someone who thinks it is a great idea to strand people in the desert without food or water. That actually prosecutes people for conducting life saving operations.
Do you include me in those that hate my fellow Americans? All because I oppose a wall from sea to shining sea that will supposedly cure all of our Immigration and Drug problems? All because I won’t sign off on 100% of his ideas?
I am now a 100% DAV. I served 13 years active duty during peace-time. I HAVE sacrificed for this country, not with my life but with decades of pain. I do not oppose any policies that would reduce harm to the US and its residents, I fully support all valid policies. I oppose policies that either won’t work or have not been proven to work or be required. Almost all of the numbers for the Southern Border belie the President’s claim that there is a National Emergency there.
If there is such an Emergency, if President Trump really wanted the wall. Why hasn’t the he worried about the wall before now? Why didn’t he push it through when the Republicans had control of the House? Why didn’t he shut down the government last year when the Republicans wouldn’t give him his wall?
On Sept 5 2018, President Trump said $3.2B was allocated for the wall. In truth in March 2018, Congress approved $1.6B for the wall. This was to build the samples and provide a design for the wall. The samples were built, but no design was started.
I oppose going ANY more money to President Trump for a “wall”. I oppose it because I won’t buy a pig in a poke. I will gladly change my mind if you can show me the design and justification of the new wall. You don’t really think we should give money to someone to build some vague idea? Do you usually hire contractors without a plan or knowing what they will do? Do Trump supporters support horrible fiscal policy of allotting government money to projects that are not defined? Do you know of any project that was funded with this level of definition?
The Defense Department spends years putting together projects for approval. They intitially get some money for the vague idea, like the $1.6B the President has already received, but then they do the full plans and designs before they apply for the rest of the money! All government agencies work this way. All businesses work this way. Why is Businessman Trump trying to work it differently? Part of the reason he was elected was because of his suppose business acumen. He is not showing it.
I do not oppose a wall. I oppose the “wall” that the President is not defining. Yes, we need additional barriers in spots and we need to rework some existing barriers. But we need to know which is which before we get started! We also need so much more than a wall. And none of this has even been discussed! When was the debate to discuss this?
If this was a normal project, President Trump would have spent the previous two years working out the design and justification for the wall. The only thing he has done since build those examples is whine that the Democrats are not giving him his wall. No complaints were lodged against the Republicans that blocked him for the previous two years.
Your numbers on immigration do not show the trend over the last couple of decades:
Apprehensions at Southern Border
This is from the Border Patrol Report on
Total Illegal Alien Apprehensions By Fiscal Year (Oct. 1st through Sept. 30th)
I hope this comes through, else it shows how drastically illegal immigration has dropped. From 1.7M to 300thou in less than twenty years. And it is still trending down.
How does the numbers dropping this drastically constitute a National Emergency?
Even if the wall works perfectly and stops anyone from crossing the Southern Border, it will do NOTHING for Terrorism. ALL of the foreign terrorist activity in the USA came in on Visas through Ports of Entry. Funny, they were all also from a Country that President Trump sees no reason to block Muslims from.
Our main terrorism problem is home grown. The vast majority of Domestic Terrorism has been Home Grown. It has been mostly Christians committing them as well. And not one of them was an illegal immigrant.
For the current wall:
From San Diego to the Otay Mountains
When the Border Patrol built the secondary fence, sent more agents and added technology in the mid-’90s as part of Operation Gatekeeper, apprehensions fell from 1,200 a day in 1995 to a low point of about 300 a day in 2001. Not quite down to zero, and this was with a secondary barrier as well.
In the report:
Obstructing Human Rights: the Texas-Mexico Border Wall
By Denise Gilman, June 2008
Over 9000 penetrations of wall in San Diego in 2017
“According to official reports of the United States Government, prior experiments with the border wall have proven ineffective (for stopping illegal immigration). The original segment of border wall built in the San Diego area did not have a discernible impact on the influx of unauthorized aliens coming across the border” pg 10
Footnote of (See CRS Barriers Report, at 3)
The report goes on to say that the crossings only decreased after additional agents and other resources were allocated.
This study did show that unauthorized immigrants were more likely to be convicted of “gambling, smuggling, vagrancy and kidnapping” but those crimes account for 0.18 percent of all convictions in Texas in 2015.
Immigration Research and Policy Brief No. 4, CATO Institute
Another study published in the journal Criminology last year suggested there was less crime in areas with higher populations of unauthorized immigrants.
The wall is not something I fight because I hate Trump, it is not because of any personal animosity. I supported him initially and still want him to succeed. No one sane person wants him to fail! Why would any sane person want the President of the United States to fail? Shit, then we’d be stuck with Pence!!!!
I supported President Trump until his trashing of the military and the intelligence agencies happened too many times. His taking the word of foreign despots over our Intelligence Agencies is unconscionable. Lying to the troops and turning his one visit into a political event shows exactly what he thinks of the Military. The President’s trashing of our reputation overseas is unforgivable. Not one of our allies trust us to keep our word any longer. How I am suppose to support this?
Is Trump even serious about the Presidency?
One of his major achievements, the new NAFTA deal, still has not been presented to Congress! The President needs to submit it to Congress in order to get it approved. President Trump doesn’t seem to care about the follow through. He got it negotiated, so its a done deal right? Not quite.
His actions with regard to the wall also shows his lack of commitment. Otherwise, the damn thing would already have started building when the Republicans were in charge!
Does the question comes down to how many must die? Yes it does, how many must die because the President can’t be bothered to allocate FEMA funds where needed!
How many must die until the President decides to do all of his job, even the boring stuff. How many must die until he decides to be a leader, not just whine about people being unfair!
How many must die until he respects those working for him? He trashes the Justice Department! He is in charge if it!!!! Does that mean he is a lousy boss? Overall, he seems to have only employed complete morons in the past. Everyone who has left his employ is a complete idiot with the mental capacity of a newt. Most smart bosses hire intelligent people.
How many must die until we stop putting up with his hypocrisy, with hypocrisy no matter who shows it. How many people who worked for President Trump are heading to jail? How many have resigned in disgrace? Wasn’t he suppose to eliminate this? He did not drain the swamp, he dammed it up and filled it deeper!
The President needs to be all he can be! We deserve it!
Getting banned from Twitter is the new badge of honor.
I suppose it is. I’m glad that I have focused on the website rather than social media. Hate from the Left is OK with Twitter but we don’t dare to point it out! If we do then we are the haters. We live in an upside down world.
Thanks Mac. Here is an excerpt from a previous article. I might be getting a bit repetitious.
“My devotion to epistemic responsibility (often called intellectual responsibility) does not allow me to accept terms like “your truth” or “his or her truth“. The saying “perception is reality” and “your truth” is being taken literally by a lot of Americans. Intentionally or not these two sayings are being used by the left.
Perception is NOT reality and there is no such thing as “your truth” in the real world. This is how we end up with at least 63 gender categories and a confused population. It is also how we end up with people declaring vaccinations cause Autism and that Ancient Aliens built the Pyramids.”
“You can have your own opinions. You cannot have your own facts”
Well stated. Absolute truth. Isn’t it funny when people begin their “opinion” with the preface – “my truth is” … there is only ever ONE truth, even if many refuse to see or accept it.
Are you saying that 4Russian Interference in the 2016 election is bull? Is that why people are going to prison over it? Is that why Trump keeps lying about the investigation?
Its a good thing that Hillary was never stupid enough to use an unsecured phone for official business!
He’s not insane. He just doesn’t care about anyone besides himself, veterans included. If you get in the way of something he wants, your screwed. Your nothing but cannon fodder, but the worse part is, you don’t even know it yet.
Hi Frank, It is not about money. President Trump has lost nearly half a billion according to Forbes.
You may feel President Trump is destroying your view of what America should be. Remember, many veterans felt the same about President Obama. One could argue that neither person was prepared to be POTUS. President Obama came across weak as he apologized for America. President Trump comes across like an asshole because he will not apologize for America. You will recover from President Trump just as we recovered from President Obama.
As I grew older I wanted to give back to this great country and specifically my fellow vets. I just started We Who Served to make money to support the veteran community. In addition, I hope to train paralyzed and wounded vets to work in technology this summer. We hope to reduce veteran suicide and loneliness by working together as a community regardless of political views.
You may benefit from reading this. Let us know what you are doing to actually make this a better country. As JFK said: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
There are many fellow veterans in need. Some are simply lonely and could use someone to talk to. Others are struggling with physical demands. Still, others struggle with drugs, alcohol and psychological problems. If you have ideas let us know what we can do to help each other. Regardless of our political differences, you are still a veteran and therefore a brother. I wish you well.
Since they freely call me a rascist for no reason ( I live in a very mixed community of gays, blacks and other minorities), I just call them PEDOPHILES. Anyone who selfishly think a few late psychecks is more important than ending human trafficking is a pedophile. Let’s just keep things simple. And by the way, it’s a live child not a fetus. They are baby murderers as well.
Great article!! I love the fact that even though you are clearly a major Trump supporter, you can still admit when he says or does something wrong or untruthful. Your honesty and truthfulness are some of your best qualities which in turn make your articles very enjoyable to read. 💛
Thanks. I appreciate your kind words 🙂
i am with mr president all the way, in fact more now. no more illegals……………….
Anthony, Suggesting that you go to the DAV and ask them to help you with your claim. They file my husband’s Agent Orange claims and we have been very successful. They are very helpful.
In many cases, it is so easy to hang them (figuratively) with their own words or talking points.
Spot on as usual!!
Thank you Leo!
It’s simple. 79% of Americans believe that there is a “crisis” or a significant “problem” at our southern border. Can ~80% of the citizens be wrong?
Hey Mac, Since this is a political decision your point is well made.
However, here is a thought that might interest those who engage in honest debate. A friend, Dr. Robert Morey, taught a few critical thinking and logic truths. Yes, 80% or any majority can be wrong. An easy example of that is when the majority of people thought the world was flat. Another example is the majority of Americans thought Hillary was a better choice. Thank God for the Electoral College!
Here are a few other things Dr. Morey taught that helped me think a little more clearly. An evil man can do good things. Good men can do evil things. A liar can tell you the truth. An honest man can lie through his teeth.
A friend has a saying I like: “Nothing matters until it becomes personal.” That one helps us to listen to all sides of an issue. Finding out why a person holds a belief may help to open rational discussion. Otherwise, it often devolves into a point-counterpoint shouting match.
Border security may not be as important to someone unaffected by illegal immigration and drugs. Ask anyone who lost a loved one or suffered at the hands of an illegal immigrant and it suddenly becomes personal and more important. The more empathy we have for our fellow Americans and those that suffer at the hands of the Coyotes the more likely we are to support everything related to border security. Now that’s just an opinion but may also be true 🙂
Good article. Might I suggest that the next time someone says that walls don’t work, you might remind them that the first thing Obama did to improve his new DC residence was to build a 10 foot high wall around it. Hillary bought the house next door to where Bill is living and promptly installed a very high fence. I am thinking she wants to keep out undesirables/deplorables like me (born and raised in PA) rather than her next door neighbor, don’t you know. And the next time Nan baby (Nancy Pelosi in case you missed my reference) says that she wants open borders, ask her when she is taking down the front door to her house. If she really wants open borders, how about she start with open borders at her own residence. This way she can let anyone walk in off the street and steal her blind, or worse. Hmmmmm????
Point well taken Judith. It is hard to put everything into an article. This one was a long one and I cut out several paragraphs 🙂
The wall is akin to a speed bump that will cost the American taxpayer many many billions of dollars…you will still have all of the costs of apprehending them etc etc…just now they will hurdle a wall first 🙂 Unless of course you will have people patrol the entire wall ..in which case…you …DONT…need… THE WALL!
The better option is to give them a viable pathway to legalization so that they can contribute to the government..that pathway should include vetting to remove as much of the criminal element out of the equation as possible. Once you have done that and you have essentially gotten “non combatants” out of the way ..i am for a much more aggressive attack on border crossing. But preventing the people that are just looking for a better/safer life from coming here is not only unAmerican it’s inhumane. We need SMARTER immigration policies..not a big dumbass wall. Trump is like a 10 year old both intellectually and emotionally..he is not equipped to solve this problem …and since anyone remotely capable of adult decision making is summarily fired or attacked on twitter…I think we will have to wait for a sane solution.
It’s not just Trump that says we need the wall. It is Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol, as well as other law enforcement agencies. Even if we can’t secure it 100% we can sure make it a lot harder. Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?
Call me old-fashioned but I remember when there used to be signs that said trespassers will be shot on sight when it came to private property. If private citizens that border Mexico don’t want to secure their own property that’d be fine with me. We can just build a wall around their property. Make them part of Mexico.
This article puts it into perspective. It doesn’t cover all the details that you want to know but even if we can accomplish 10% reduction we will save thousands of lives and billions of dollars.
How effective are the walls that are standing? Do they keep everyone from crossing in the areas where the physical barriers exist? Showing how effective current barriers are will help to convince the undecided people. Nothing will convince all just like nothing will dissuade all.
Questions I have been asked are:
Where will the barrier actually be? Will it run along the border, parallel but away from the border, straight line across parts? How will it cross natural barriers like rivers?
How much is the wall actually going to cost? $5 billion is nowhere near enough money for the wall material alone. The lowest guestimate I have seen in the media is $25B, most were $250B and up.
How much money will be saved? You state that it cost upward of $21k per person and $1B for Nov. Great! How much is the actual “estimated” cost? (Gawd that sounds funny)
How much will Imminent Domain have to be used? Most of the landowners are not going to want to sell. Land ownership is very important to people who have been on it for generations. How much will have to be “stolen”, their word, from the owners? How far in from the border?
Plus, what are we going to do about the illegal immigration that does comes, but does not come from the southern border. Most illegal immigration comes from Visa over stays, most estimates I’ve seen are near 66% of the total illegal immigration. The few foreign terrorist that we have caught came over on Visas, and not ones from the banned countries. Almost all were Saudis.
Appealing to people’s fear does not seem to be working. You need to try facts and figures.
How much will it cost?
How much will it save?
Where/ How will it run?
How effective are the current physical barriers?
How effective will the new one be?
What technology will be incorporated?
How will the barrier cross the rivers and other impediments?
How will the land be obtained?
What will be done about the rest of the illegal immigration?
I personally oppose the physical wall for most of the border. I prefer technological solutions for those areas. I don’t believe that extending the physical barrier into remote areas will be effective. The new walls will be in much more isolated areas than the current walls. How often will this impassable barrier be patrolled. Listing to some supporters, it will be %100 effective! If only.
Above all, I will support the one that is shown to be the best. Best being partially determined based on the criteria above.
I am an original Trump supporter. However, I am no longer a supporter of his. My problem is not his policies, which I agree on about half. He lost my support by his continued insulting of our Intelligence and Military Organizations.
How many time has he said similar to; “Our intelligence Agencies are wrong because ____ said so”. He has taken Putin’s word on our elections as well as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s word on Jamal Khashoggi’s death despite his briefing that “everyone else” knows. He has said that our agencies are wrong because a despot said so! He should not be taking the word of any leader over his Intelligence Agency findings.
Yes, he “walked back” on his remarks in Helsinki. The trouble is, that that was not the only time he said exactly the same thing. He has only “walked back: the one. What about all of the other times he has made similar remarks?
His trashing of our Military Leaders is another item that I can’t abide. When a Draft Dodger says “I know more about ISIS than the generals do,”, which he insisted during the campaign, I really doubt it. And no, it was not just campaigning rhetoric. If it was, he would have stop saying similar items after the election.
No, I do not hold Trump’s Draft Dodger status bother me. Just about anyone who could used deferments did for various stupid reasons. I guess that was better than heading north.
Trump’s inability to treat the Military Leaders as well as the Gold Star families with respect and compassion should concern us all. M, Kelly has remarked on the Gold-Star incident. Yes, they were being used for political purposes. And if Trump would have denounced them for this, no problem. When he called into question the depth of their loss among other statements, that crossed way too many lines.
I truly hope that Trump can reach a working relationship with Congress. Otherwise, this will be a long two years.
A couple of observation on the Investigations. Since he is innocent, why doesn’t he help them so they will conclude faster? His obstructionism just makes him look guilty. No, Mueller is not going to make up facts to convict Trump or anyone else. He is one of the most professional investigators current active.
He FINALLY made a troop visit! However, he turned t into a political rally and insulted our allies. The visits are suppose to be about the troops not the President. Previous Presidents talk about the troops and their problems. Not about their own.
Plus He LIED to them. His comments about the Military Pay raise was pure fiction. The pay raise was not 10%, more like 2.6%. And they did get pay taises each of the last 10 years. These are really stupid lies. It is really insulting to lie to their faces!
Unilaterally pulling out of Syria is his right. He has every right to do this anytime he wants. But, what about our allies? The Turkish Leadership has already said they will wipe out the Kurds the second we leave. How will we get any other local allies if we abandon the Kurds?
I seem to have gone a little beyond the original topic and I apologize
Jon. Much of what you say is accurate. I guess, in many ways I agree with you. In some ways I do not.
I have relatives that live in New Jersey, across the Hudson river from NYC. In many ways, they consider themselves “New Yorkers”. I’ve visited often enough that I have come to know and recognize “New Yorkers”.
They have this baffling way of leading with almost absurdity on various topics, sometimes unbelievable. But in “new york speak”, they all understand one another. This partially explains your view on President Trump and what/how he says it. When you first are introduced to “new york speak”, you believe that many of them are self-centered egotists, when usually, it is just their manner of speaking … not reality.
One other point. President Trump doesn’t talk like other politicians, or even like “polite society”, because he’s NOT!
I’ve come to interpret what he says as a never ending stream of transactional negotiations in a very public way. Sometimes he seems uncaring, or unaware, or even stupid because of some of his assertions. But be aware – he is none of those things. We have difficulty understanding his manner and approach because we have never seen anything like him before on the national political stage. It’s downright disconcerting!
Now for (what I consider) the “good news” regarding his “disconcerting ways”. He gets results. Positive results.
Tell me those things that he has actually DONE (not just SAID) that you disagree with? I did not agree with the Trillion dollar budget he signed but the readon he gave for doing so was to “save” our terribly underfunded military. He has accomplished so much in such a short time … BECAUSE of the manner and methods he employs in his constant “transactional negotiations” that he is working on every time he speaks and/or acts.
Jon, it is confusing, embarrassing, even very frustrating at times … but he consistently delivers RESULTS … and results that I seldom can find much reason to quibble with.
Yes he is a vulgar, obstinate, loud, sometimes embarrassing narcissist. But that is EXACTLY who/what he needs to be to get the results he has promised.
You’re right in most of your observations. And you probably are uncomfortable with the way he goes about his business, I know I am. But he DELIVERS RESULTS. I know a lot of politicians who say all the “right things” in all the “right ways”, but never DO, or ACCOMPLISH anything.
I’ve grown tired of the politicians. Even though I know I’ll wince often by things he says, dammi if I don’t celebrate the things he’s actually DONE.
I understand what you’ve written. I don’t disagree with much of it. I’m just willing to put up with all that you’ve pointed out to get the accomplishments he has delivered!
I realize that New Yorkers are very strange, to say the least. Their talk is just as crazy. My friends from NYC are stranger than my friends from California. I have no problem with Donald Trump talking as he does. That is his “style”. Plus, I never expected Donald Trump to be a normal politician. Anyone who did has not been paying attention to the news for decades. He has been a public figure for decades so everyone should have realized what we were getting.
The trouble is, he is no longer Donald Trump. Now, he is President Donald Trump.
Most politicians, especially on the national and international level study English and Speech. They study so they can talk effectively and clearly. Politicians must talk clearly and plainly. They have to be understood by everyone. The way President Trump (PT) talks is causing severe divisions in this country and with our allies. PT’s style is great for a businessman, a local politician even. But not above that. Clarity becomes very important.
Domestically, most people have trouble with the President’s story continuity changing. Case in point, the Stormy Daniels story. PT has come out with three versions of what he knew when. I do not want to argue about Stormy Daniels. My point is not about his participation, it is about the changes in his story. The story itself does not upset all that many people, it is PT’s changes in his version. His way of referring to other people, especially women and browns, has caused divisions in a lot of us all.
My main complaint about how he talks is the way he changes his mind on the fly. How many times has PT said essentially, “Give me this and I will sign it”, and then not signed it. This happened more than for last year’s budget negotiations.
Internationally, speaking clearly is critically important. How you say things is much more important than what you say. (I will never understand diplomacy) PT’s way of speaking has cause consternation among our allies.
Your question of what accomplishments I disagree with. His tax cut for one. He proposed a great tax cut for some people. The tax cut for the rich and for corporations do not have an expiration date. The middle class tax cut does. It was only approved until 2025. to be “renewed” after that. Plus I think Reagan proved trickle-down economy is bullshit.
I strongly disagree with his “accomplishments” of unilaterally pulling out of treaties. I believe that ALL of the treaties should have been tried to be renegotiating before we pulled out. Now, what country is going to believe that we will honor our commitments? They have proof that a change of administration can trash all of their work. Yes, it is his right as President. That don’t make it right though.
His pulling us out of the Paris Accord was wrong. I strongly disagree with all of his ecological policies. Global Warming is real. Who cares who caused it. We don’t argue who is to blame for a forest fire, we put out the dam fire. THEN we discuss blame. Global warming must be treated similarly. I have a son and hope to have grand-kids. I would really like them to be able to breathe fresh air.
Unilaterally pulling out of the Iran Nuke Treaty has caused a lot of dissent among our allies. No the treaty was not the best possible, but it was better than nothing. It was a foot in the door to open further negotiations. We are not negotiating a replacement treaty, we just stopped talking. Why do we stop talking to someone who is trying to get nukes. We talk to despots who already have them.
What he wants to accomplish, I disagree with the wall. There is much more effective ways of stopping people at the border. If you have a wall, you become complacent about security. You have a wall, no one can pass! Tunnels anyone? What about migratory animals? Isn’t Mexico suppose to be paying for this thing anyway?
A Digital Wall will be much more effective. If we take the money PT wants for his wall, which is less than 20% of what will be needed, if we take the $5B PT is demanding and apply it to technological solutions we can get a lot more coverage all along the border.
His polishing his golf game irks me, but that is not an accomplishment you were referring to. Did he complain about Obama golfing too much? Didn’t we all agree?
You say he consistently gets results, what results? Why did he have ANY failures. He had both chambers of congress and still could not get immigration reform through. No Democrats do not care more about obstructing PT than national security. They are patriots as well.
There obstruction on the wall’s funding is a difference of opinion. And they have every right to do this. Its not right, but it is legal. I guess right/legal argument applies to both sides.
I supported Candidate Trump and PT initially. I still hope he succeeds and is a great President. I’m not a politician. It seems like a lot of them would rather see the country fail if they don’t get their way.
P.S. The Troop visit while long over due and much appreciated. However, PT turned it into a political rally and signed MAGA hats. Presidents should not politicize Troop Visits. Active Duty personnel can not show political bias, or at least they weren’t when I was in. PT was not entirely wrong for signing them. They CO’s should never have let anyone bring in a MAGA hat. This was not a rally for Candidate Trump and should not have turned into one.
Hi Leo. Thanks for the comment. We all wish Congress would have term limits but can we count on them to hurt themselves? For them it is like winning the lottery when they get elected. I’m sure there are many good people but not enough to make this happen. We can only pray that one day something will happen to end career politicians. All the best to you and yours this New Year!
A sentiment greatly put. The Government has become too bloated and unresponsive to the needs of the people. I loved the line in Trumps inaugural address where He says the People, not the Party or Individual rules in DC. It is time to remind D C of this. Let’s start with Congressional Term Limits! I too am an Army Alumnus Regular 69-72, then Reserves till 98 including Desert Storm. Was MSG on retirement. Keep up these missives, they are neededThanks. Yours. Leo Dorrington
I’m really worried. The PsyOps specialist, that hate Trump and America, are making deep inroads into our government agencies and departments. The DOJ, HHS, NSA, HUD, VA, Education, etc are all infected with these deep state saboteurs.
Look how they set up and framed Mannafort, Flynn, Gates, Stone, Corsi, Zinke, Price, Pruitt and Preibus. These men are all Patriots of the highest degree and don’t deserve this fate. The shut down of the Trump Foundation was another scheme hatched by these deep state moles. That our corrupt Justice System has expelled some, convicted others and is pressing charges against many others is unjust and Un American.
What we must do is stay strong, keep the faith and tell the truth about these threats against President Trump and about the tremendous achievements he and his loyal team have made
PJ? really? Show us your proof of how all of these Trump “patriots” were set up and framed? you must be a serious kook…
We will keep telling the truth and defending President Trump’s policies! Thanks for the comment!
There are places that need $5 Billion a lot more than the Border. We should be spending the billions on homeless Vets and Wounded Warrior type programs. There are far too many Vets on the streets this winter. I would rather spend the money on them.
Yes Illegal Immigration is a problem, but its not the most important one right now. Illegal Immigration has been decreasing since 2007.
I would prefer to punish the people who employ Illegal Immigrants more than the Immigrants themselves. Immigrants are coming here for work, but if we lock up the people illegally hiring them, there won’t be jobs for them to come to. Lets go after the fat cats, not the little guy.
You know I am working on helping homeless and wounded vets, or I think you do. However, if we spend the money on the wall it brings many billions of dollars back into our treasury. I use very low estimates in this post.
If we built the wall we could easily fund the things you mention and have billions left over.
Unfortunately, Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, killed Agent Orange fund. Said it would increase the deficit too much.
“His constant attack on the media and law enforcement need to stop!” No, it does not. (my opinion). President Trump supports Law Enforcement and honest Media. There is a lot to unpack here and I should right another post or two on this subject. I’ll put it on my list of things to do. Wish I was rich and could do nothing but write all day!
Haters Corner was put there for those using the Contact Form. Each post has a Comments section. People can post whatever they like in either place. However, sending me, one person, hate email doesn’t get their point the exposure they are looking for. Again, I put up Haters Corners for those folks. As you and others can see, there is the ability to post comments on every post. Hope that helps explain the reason.
Yes, Trump is in the wrong for not attending the 100 Anniversary of the Armistice Signing. French, German and Canadian leaders managed to attend, despite the rain grounding helicopters. He was the ONLY Western Leader that was too…. Something…. To attend. His reason, he did not want to disturb Paris traffic with his motorcade, might ring a little better if the other leaders’ motorcades did not tie up traffic too bad.
Yes Neither Obama nor Bush jr. visited Armistice Ceremonies. However, there was no International Ceremony there during their years in office. The 100th Anniversary should have been attended. Trump’s absence show a deep disrespect to the Armed Forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
You made another point of the criticism of Trump’s failure to visit the Arlington National Cemetery.. Your link shows that the ONLY Presidents who did not make the Veteran’s Day Pilgrimage, and were not out of town, was Trump and Bush. Trump spent 2018 at the WH and Bush jr. spent 1990 at Camp David. (From your link to Snopes) Seems that those disrespectful Democrats managed to make the trip when they were in DC.
Yes Memorial Day is for remembering the Dead and Veteran’s Day is for the living. It was to the living that Trump showed his disrespect with his lack of visits, no visits to the troops either. Obama managed to visit with only three months in office, Bush jr. at 9 months. How many months has it been for Trump?
These visits. Or lack, is not the reason I say Trump does not respect the military or servicemen. How many times has he criticize the Joint Chiefs? How many times has he said that he knows more about military command than the brass, that they are running the war wrong? How much respect has he shown Gold Star families. Those are probably the most obscene actions that he has done.
Not only does he show his scorn for the Uniform Troops, but what about his comments on our Intelligence Agencies? He takes PUTIN’S word over the intelligence agencies? He takes the word of the Saudi Prince over the intelligence agencies? His statements in Helsinki were walked back, but how about the dozens of other times he has made comments like those about the intelligence agencies? His latest, telling the world that our intelligence agencies do not know what they are doing!!! He takes the Saudi’s word over the intelligence agencies expertise?
I love this “Hater’s Corner”. God knows you have to keep all other view points isolated so they won’t contaminate your views. I must be old, I remember when people sought out those with different viewpoints to talk with. We always felt that people who refuse to listen to others, who only want to hear their viewpoints, would have been better off talking to an echo chamber.
I am not a “Hater”. I really wanted and still want Trump to be everything he says he is. He is OUR President, anyone who wants him to fail must want to country to fail. But that does not mean turning a blind eye to his actions.
His constant attack on the media and law enforcement need to stop! He is our Chief Law Enforcement Officer!!! Saying that someone who is cooperating with Federal Prosecutors a “Rat” shows that he really is put of his depth.
Vets attacked Obama when he showed disrespect, we did to all Presidents. Why is Trump suppose to be above this?
Your correlation could have more to do with age than years of service. I served 6 years in the USAF. Also served this country as a defense contractor for many many years.. I dont hate Trump…hate connotes some sort of personal feeling..I abhor his policies, i detest the hatred he espouses and represents. I will not bother to belabor all of the poor decisions i feel he has made nor his flaws in character. Suffice it to say that what I personally learned in the military is that integrity matters. He has ZERO. I respect your right to support what you want…but please dont claim that your opinion has any relation to the military or being a veteran or length of service. That is patently ludicrous. Take care!
Hmm, re-read what you just said. I will copy the important part so you can see. “but please dont claim that your opinion has any relation to the military or being a veteran or length of service. That is patently ludicrous.”
Do you really stand by this? Everyone has different experiences in life. These experiences obviously have a relationship to formed opinions. It is also true that the length of exposure to something helps to reinforce those formed opinions.
I’m originally from Queens NY. My father was a conservative. A rare thing in New York City. He had a saying that states the reverse of what you are saying. Here it is: “The conservative in New York is the liberal who was mugged on the subway yesterday.”
You may want to rephrase what you said because I just don’t believe you are that illogical. Here is something else that might help to keep in mind. I learned this truth in the military. “Emotions eradicate skills.” You may be so emotionally upset with Trump that your ability to think clearly is negatively influenced.
I think I have a subject for my next Post. Thanks!
Yeah exactly!! Why didnt Obama go to the 100th anniversary of Armistice on those years!!? This site is a joke …lol im gonna go make a site called vets-with-brain-cells.com now …
Just pointing out he never went there, 100th anniversary or not. However, since this is all past you know Trump went to other events so no big deal, right? I’m guessing you just hate Trump and that’s why I put up Haters Corner. My only question is how long did you serve? I know it is anecdotal but I’m starting to see a correlation between those of us who served 20 years or more and Conservative values. There are two types of Leftist vets I have encountered. It seems some high ranking officers are more leftists and vets who did not serve very long. I do wish they would do a survey on this subject. So, how long did you serve?
What events did Trump go to that other Presidents didn’t? I don’t recall any.
For years I did not let anyone know I was a veteran 1967/1971 . Later when I was in the veteran hospital my wife bought me a hat. The first time I wore it, someone thanked me for my service, I was shocked and did not know how to answer. I would never have thought of that especially when I got home after four years and had to pay four years of back taxes.
Thank you for this statement. Well said. My husband is a VietNam veteran.
Nothing says “respect for vets” like cancelling plans to honour The Fallen because of light rain. Shake your damn heads.
Let’s see, did President Obama go in 2009? No. 2010? No. 2011? No. 2012? No. 2013? No. 2014? No 2015? No. 2016? Nope!