An Object Lesson For Our President: AMERICA DOES NOT NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS!
The United States does not negotiate with terrorists, either foreign or domestic. We should be amending that ironclad rule with a statement that we also don't negotiate with recalcitrant presidents who act like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum, and taking the nation and it's citizens hostage in the biggest tantrum in this nations history.
I go to bed every night thinking that Donald Trump has done the worst thing he could possibly do. I'm almost always wrong. This man has a way of finding a new low every morning. This latest outrage, shutting down a significant portion of the U.S. government when he is told NO! by the Speaker of the House, may be one of the most egregious actions committed by a United States President.
Most mature and intelligent adults know and understand that you can't always get your way. To give Trump his props, the first two years of his administration passed with a Congress that totally abrogated their Constitutional mandate to oversee the Presidency. Trump could have filled their cups with poisonous Kool-Aid and his Republican toadies would have gladly poisoned themselves. It appears that Trump was totally unprepared for divided government. He was also totally unprepared for a divided government headed up by a female. This President is getting his first taste of co-governance and he doesn't like it. So what does he do? Rather than working on a level playing field with the opposition party, Trump takes the absolute low ground and places the well-being of this nation at risk and placing an unbelievable burden on millions of Americans. Between the 800,000 families, the hundreds of thousands of federal contractors and their family, and the millions of Americans who rely on government services such as SNAP, there may be 50 million Americans who are going to be immediately affected by this idiotic move.
This President, through his actions, has induced terror into the lives of all of these Americans. They have done nothing to deserve this, other than being loyal, hardworking Americans who have dedicated themselves to public service. This is the act of a terrorist. It fits the definition of terroristic actions. If a non-president did this, they would be convicted and placed in a maximum security prison.
This man is a terrorist. If he gets his way on an issue that 2/3s of the American people oppose, the checks and balances of the American political system might as well be thrown out. Every issue that this man disagrees with the legislative branch and/ or the American people will lead to additional hostage taking.
Our elected representatives must take a stand. Whether they believe in a border wall or not, they have to speak with one voice that hostage taking will not work. Our system of government will work best when government operates. Open the government and then debate policy on the political floor. Nobody wins all the time. Not even the bully-in-chief. This is a non-partisan issue. We should all stand together.