Thursday, January 17, 2019

This Country Cannot be Governed by Trump

As long as the Republican Party decides to cover for Trump and his temper tantrums, this nation cannot be governed:

President Donald Trump said Thursday he was denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a military plane for a trip to Afghanistan that was set to begin in the afternoon, a tit-for-tat retaliation that deepened the divide between the leaders and brought the government no closer to reopening.

The move, apparently in response to Pelosi's letter a day earlier suggesting the President reschedule his State of the Union address, made for high drama but little substance in the ongoing standoff over border security. 

As the partial government shutdown stretches nearly a month, the back-and-forth reflects a West Wing angling for the upper hand in a stalemate with newly powerful Democrats. 

Pelosi had been scheduled to leave within the hour that Trump's letter was made public, making for the awkward site of a large blue Air Force bus idling outside the Capitol as the implications of the President's missive came into focus.

Can you imagine what would happen if we were, in fact, in the middle of a real crisis? Humanitarian, military, or otherwise?

Nothing would be able to function. And this is entirely because this president couldn’t get the GOP to give him a “wall” during the two years that they were in control of the Congress and the Executive Branch. Now that we have Nancy Pelosi in place, providing stability, reason, and fiscal responsibility, we have nothing but shutdown bullshit and people losing everything because they’re not being paid.

If the media tries to tell you that this is because “both sides” are wrong, ignore that nonsense. The far right wing has pushed Trump into a corner, and Pelosi is not here to bail him out. He has to let go of the demand for the wall and stop hurting people.

The Republican Party owns what is happening. The defections you see are entirely because they saw what happened during the mid-term election. There is no solution to this until the GOP realizes that they have to govern this country along with the Democrats. They have to abandon Trumpism and come back to the land of the sane and the responsible.

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