I just saw this article about our “national emergency.”

Each side accusing other of giving no ground on shutdown
By CATHERINE LUCEY and LISA MASCARO

“Not much headway made today,” Trump tweeted on Saturday after receiving a briefing from the team led by Vice President Mike Pence.

Democrats said the White House did not budge on the president’s key demand, $5.6 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The White House said money was not discussed in depth, but the administration was clear about the need for a wall and the goal of resolving the shutdown all at once, not piecemeal.

Trump had campaigned on the promise that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico has refused. He’s now demanding the money from Congress.

Trump is reportedly more seriously considering his idea to use military funding for the wall by declaring a national emergency. On Twitter Sunday morning, he claimed the “only reason [Democrats] do not want to build a Wall is that Walls Work!”

Trump and his followers are passionate about needing a wall to protect America from the hoards of criminal immigrants invading our fragile nation.

If you are one of those who believes Trump’s Wall is necessary, kindly answer these questions:

1. Where exactly will Trump’s wall be built? Where on the map.
2. How many illegal aliens have crossed into America at those points? That is, how many additional people is Trump’s wall projected to stop.
3. At a projected cost of $5 billion to build, plus millions more to staff, how much per additional illegal alien apprehended will the wall cost?
For instance, if the wall stops 1,000 men, women and children, the initial cost will be $5,000,000 (five million) per person. Is that acceptable?
4. At what point will enough be enough? When will all our border walls be high enough and strong enough, or will there be repeated requests for more, and more, and more?

Yes, many Trump followers are passionate about the vital and urgent need for additions to our existing fortifications. Trump says the situation is so dire he might declare a “national emergency” to get his wall:

“A lot of the people that wanted to come into the country, and really, they were to come in no matter how they wanted to come in — they were going to come in even in a rough way — many of these people are leaving now and they’re going back to their countries: Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and other countries. They’re leaving. If you noticed, it’s getting a lot less crowded in Mexico.”

I know. It’s total gibberish, but Trump’s followers prefer gibberish to actual facts. That way they, like Trump, can switch positions without having to think.

His followers agree that the situation is dire, though they have no idea what the situation actually is. They are so frightened by Trump’s doomsday claims they probably would vote for a $50 billion, or even a $500 billion wall.

Ironically, these cowardly souls use the pejorative, “snowflakes” to describe those who don’t want to hide behind a wall. Cringing behind a wall is a sign of courage??

Anyway, on behalf of Trump’s vague scare-mongering, he has shut down the federal government, and his followers are overjoyed. Hey, who needs government, anyway?

There is a national emergency, but it’s not the few dangerous people who may cross at the “unwalled” locations. The national emergency is Donald Trump.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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