When the US Government shut down last week it had its very own countdown clock to that shut down which cleverly changed to count the hours since the shutdown because things like that really matter, right?
As Trump's negotiating skills are seen in the light of day for just how worthless they actually are as a result of having to negotiate in public. His little 'show' he put on with a bipartisan meeting where he clearly didn't have the first clue of what he was banging on about.....and after the cameras left we all learned of the 'Shithole' comments, the ''too hot for TV'' part of the meeting blew the whole damn thing up.
Since then Republican control has been anything but. They have shown the deep fissures within their own party that are always ready to blow only this time they are on a mission to self destruct as their own political schizophrenia eats them alive. Their approach of the entirety of the Obama Presidency and their opposition was to use this chaos which is fine and whether anyone likes it or not it was effective. But when that opposition becomes control of government, it's a different ball game.
Given this the GOP have tried to do something that on one hand would seem sincere were it not so damned hypocritical. All of a sudden Mitch McConnell seems to care about all those poor sick children who are recipients of CHIP.
You'd almost swear Mitch had finally righted his often skew whiff moral compass and decided his debt to his backers wasn't worth sight of millions of poor children going without life saving care.......but of course Mitch won't lose any sleep over those sick children. I mean it wasn't as if Mitch and his band of poor hating republicans tried to fight tooth and nail over the ACA....one of those provisions being the Preexisting conditions.
'How could those evil 'demon' crats even consider not helping poor kids who can't stand up for themselves'........
Like a Kentuckian version of wise King Solomon he's happy to play human being off human being. Whilst Solomon offered to cut the baby in half McConnell found it easier to play the DACA people off against those who receive CHIP.
Then the Republican default.........''This will hurt the Military''
It already is. Over the past 24 hours two American soldiers were KIA. Their families will not receive the $100,000 that is promised should a Service Member die whilst on active duty. Protections put in place during the 2013 shutdown saw Obama protect all Military payments.......But not this time.
Missouri's Claire McCaskill wanted to make sure that this would be in place but the man that stated it would hurt the Military going out of his way to make sure that impact was felt by blocking McCaskill's amendment.
Maybe Mitch should have said...........''I'll make damn sure this hurts the Military only because I love the troops and have no spine''
TRUMP AND DACA: DON’T FORGET ABOUT IMMIGRANT VETERANS BEING DEPORTED
Once again the GOP drag their favourite props out in the guise of Military men and women and their children.
Families that include those very people who Mitch and Trump would want to fuel a division between the needs of two groups, both not at fault for their situations and both pawns like those in the Military.
Pawns like Military veteran Army Private 1st class Miguel Perez.
His circumstances not of his own doing
A Veteran of two Afghan tours.
Like many who fight for country the battle scars are sometime worn on the body many of those scars aren't visible. The mind is a scary place and subject it to the horrors of war in the sacrifice of others, thoughts, sounds, smells and images are all grenades in the mind with a malfunctioning pin and any of that mentioned among many other everyday things that we mere mortals are oblivious to are those very things that can see a Veteran go off the edge.
Miguel Perez had those very scars in the mind. A dreamer born in Mexico brought to the US as a child with no say faces deportation as a result of his service to country and the disservice that country gives in return. He had his demons follow him from the battlefield and like most he sought the escape of alcohol and some hard drugs. Another forgotten patriot left like a tattered flag limp in the breeze long after his war ended.
Like so many Perez found himself imprisoned for a drug offence and despite his service he may well be sent back to Mexico a country he does not know. Yes Perez committed a crime a drug offence. Before his service he had never had a days trouble in his life and joined the military not just for the training but also the prospect of being able to call himself an American legally.
Thanks to America's attitude of the disposable soldier of all backgrounds it is particularly galling to here Mitch McConnell and his equally cowardly boss are happy to play those under the cloud of DACA and those under the cloud of ill health.
One fact is clear whether you are a veteran, a poor sick child or a dreamer....These Republicans and this President care little for you......
You are the true warriors fighting against American Ideals that are Un-American and bordering on Anti-American....Your battle is fought in the shadows.