Ze Wall! Ze Wall!

Not everyone reading this post will remember the TV series, Fantasy Island (1977-1984), but for those who do, you will understand why I reworked its signature introduction for my title.

As most of us are aware, “THE WALL” has been an ongoing (and highly debated) promise of you-know-who. While the conjecture that Mexico was/is going to pay for it soon became irrelevant, the IDEA itself never completely faded away. It was simply replaced by the several hundred “other” things that have been part of this presidency (e.g., impeachment, COVID-19, etc.).

Unfortunately, all these more-pressing news items resulted in THE WALL slipping to the bottom basket of many news reporters. And this is a shame because this is what has been happening in the closing days of a president whose stubbornness is creating havoc at every turn:

Contractors Dynamite Mountains, Bulldoze Desert In Race to Build Trump’s Border Wall

As the NPR newsletter puts it:

Contractors are pulverizing the wilderness in southern Arizona to construct as much of President Trump’s U.S. border wall as possible before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Builders are even dynamiting mountains — infuriating landowners and conservationists — as they plow through sensitive nature areas without regard to the work’s effects on wildlife.

I probably don’t need to say it, but the current leader of the U.S. has no scruples at all! The ONLY thing he cares about is remaining in power, no matter who or what it demolishes in the process.

I was particularly disturbed by this line of the article: they’re working all night long under light towers to meet Trump’s goal of 450 miles of new barriers before his term is over.”

The president of a land conservation group commented about what was happening: “As an American, I feel ashamed.” I totally agree.

Time for Some Fun!

As we all know, tRumpsky puts his name on all his edifices. So IF he finally gets “his wall,” there’s little doubt he’ll want a plaque (engraved in gold, no doubt) placed in a highly visible location that will, obviously, be called the:

TRUMP BORDER WALL

Now let’s get crazy and come up with some phrases he could use for a sub-title. For example:

  • A monument to honor a Really Smart Person
  • Honoring a Great Moral Leader
  • Dedicated to a man with Great Instincts

The floor is open. Share your ideas!

Border Security is More Than a Wall

There’s been soooo much “crap” surrounding “tRumpskey’s Wall” that I hesitated writing a post on the subject. However, after reading an article in the local paper, I wanted to bring attention to the REAL needs related to border security. The article lead pretty much says it all:

Border authorities are struggling with outdated facilities ill-equipped to handle the growing increase in family migrants, resulting in immigrants being released onto the streets every day. The immigration court system is so clogged that some wait years for their cases to be resolved, and lacks funding to pay for basic things like in-person translators. An increase in sick children arriving at the border is putting a strain on medical resources.

But the Washington debate has focused almost exclusively on the $5 billion in wall spending that President Donald Trump wants.

The article also points out that … contracting, designing and building new wall systems complete with updated technology could take years (and, I would add, mucho dinero).

Details, schmetails! So long as tRumpsky’s name goes down in the presidential history books that he built a Magnificent Wall on the Mexico border … well, that’s what REALLY matters, right?

Further, the article points out: The debate overlooks major bottlenecks in the immigration system as more families and children traveling alone turn themselves in to authorities to seek asylum, instead of trying to elude capture as almost everyone did just a few years ago.

Read that first part again. “Families and children traveling alone” — not those nasty, dangerous immigrants that tRumpsky claims are bringing in drugs and contraband to corrupt U.S. citizens. Rather, the agency is “overwhelmed” in dealing with all the children and families coming across the border.

Officials say they are stopping about 2,000 people a day and it’s having a tremendous impact on the immigration system.

But a WALL we must have! Because, well, we must keep our promises, right? No matter the cost — financial or humanitarian. (Need I add that intelligent people know a wall is NOT going to stop immigration.)

At this writing, tRumpsky is still yammering about declaring a “National Emergency” to get the funds he wants. It’s amazing what spoiled children will do to get their way.

And I just came across this in another article …

In his battle with Congress over border wall funding, President Trump has leaned heavily on Twitter to rally support among his followers.

So far, the strategy seems to be working. That doesn’t bode well for a quick resolution to the standoff.

(Check out the graph that illustrates reactions to his border tweets.)

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Note: Added emphasis in article excerpts is mine.