The moment he descended from his gilded tower, Trump has referred to Mexicans as rapists and murders. He’s separated children from their families at the border and locked them in cages. He’s sent US troops to defend against a “caravan” of women and children he characterized as diseased. These racists undertones are built on the lies of his centerpiece legislation; the promise to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it. However, as expected, Mexico was never going to pay for the wall. Nevertheless, despite Republican control of government for the last two-years, it’s only since the 2018 midterms that resulted in Democrats taking control of the house, has Trump declared this issue a national emergency, shut-down the government and decided to hold the nation hostage until taxpayers fund his idiotic wall.
Despite mischaracterizing migrants as invaders who are stealing jobs, mooching off welfare and committing crimes, the reality is at least half of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are here because of over-extending their visa’s- and not crossing the border illegally. These are refugees seeking asylum. Largely women and children who are fleeing oppression, poverty, and violence from Central America. Furthermore, 75% of these asylum seekers pay federal, state and local taxes. On average, undocumented workers contribute about 23.5 billion-dollars annually in payroll taxes and another 13 billion more towards social security-with no chance of ever recovering any benefits. On the state level, undocumented immigrants contribute to state excise, sales and property taxes, adding an additional 12 billion-dollars annually to state coffers. Most Americans, except for a few gullible crackpots, recognize a border wall is a 17thcentury solution to a 21stcentury problem. Yet Trump furloughed eight-hundred-thousand federal workers without pay, in the longest shut-down in history, over his failed vanity project. This has as much to do with a national emergency as bathrooms have to do with Transgenders. The wall isn’t negotiable because it’s based on lies, racism and white nationalism. It’s like saying that “Whites Only” signs were ok so long as black-folks got clean bathrooms.
It’s amazing how a few oddballs have decided the greatest threat to our sovereignty and safety are hungry, dehydrated and exhausted families seeking asylum from poverty and violence with nothing but the clothes on their back. But mass shootings, voter suppression, healthcare, climate change, government shut-downs, stagnant wages and a president being investigated as a potential Russian asset are totally fine with them. Any attempt to reason with this organized hypocrisy, is like trying to get your dog to take a pill. First you must wrap the facts in bologna, hold his snout closed and stroke his throat. Then just when you think he swallowed it, he spits it back out on the floor.
It has become increasingly apparent that conservatives have become incapable of governing. As evidenced by the succession of republican presidents whose transgressions and crimes against humanity have grown steadily worse. Conservatives have sacrificed traditional values for a cult of personality. They have put their faith in the criminality, the empty promises, sordid affairs, chaos and scandals of a narcissistic degenerate like Donald Trump. The result is a culture more concerned with being called gullible and paranoid and their percieved emotional persecution and than they are with famine, climate change, stripping healthcare from millions of American workers, or privatizing social security and medicare.
If republicans are so sensitive to what godless, unpatriotic, Volvo-driving, socialist-Democrats think of them, perhaps these same republicans should reevaluate their support of the religious extremism, gun-obsessed policies and the republican deceits that reward the rich, hate the poor and punish minorities.