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Trump's 'Wall Or Nothing' Strategy May Really Become 'Nothing'

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      Trump's 'Wall Or Nothing' Strategy

      May Really Become 'Nothing'

      Mounting concern he may want the shutdown

      to continue even more than he wants his wall



      By Ray Cunneff

      January 18, 2019


      At this pivotal, perhaps historic, moment in our nation's history, I believe we need to re-examine our assumptions and re-assess our priorities. Because both the legal and political calculus may have dramatically changed for President Donald Trump and we may need to adjust our thinking and our actions accordingly.

      There is mounting concern that, given the latest revelations of perfidy, corruption, and potentially treasonous behavior on the part of the president and his cronies, the shutdown impasse is no longer about a wall, or "barrier", or "steel slats" or even about border and/or national security. It's become about primal survival.

      Barbara Res, former Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization told CNN's Brianna Keilar earlier today that she's never seen him like this, sensing he's like "a cornered animal". She said, “Typically and historically, he always rolled with the punches. He used to say all press is good press. Now I don’t see that. I see him going into a corner, I see him scratching back like a cornered animal. I think he’s afraid.”

      Res speculated that Trump had never encountered a strong 'silk and steel' woman like House Speaker Nancy Peolsi pushing back at him and mocked Trump’s retaliatory cancellation of the Speaker’s military flight to visit our troops in Afghanistan and our NATO allies in Brussels.

      She said, “What’s kind of funny about it is he likes to hit back, where you shoot him with a water pistol and he’ll shoot you back with a Magnum or something.” She added with a laugh, “He likes to hit back ten times harder than he’s been hit or more, and he’s got nothing to hit her back with. This is silly. It looks ridiculous.”

      We know that nothing gets under the president's skin more than ridicule. We also have learned that Trump's obsession with building his medieval behemoth began as a mnemonic device cooked up by dirty-trickster Roger Stone to help keep him on his anti-immigration-message as the primary issue in his campaign. "Trump's wall" morphed from symbolic image to literal concrete when the message resonated powerfully with his roaring, adoring campaign crowds.

      But is the partial government shutdown about a wall anymore? Arguably, whether the shutdown began as an attempt at extortion and hostage-taking of 800,000 federal workers and the overall American economy in order to get a $5.7 billion down payment on his estimated $60 billion 'sea to shiny sea' wall, it has continued for 28 days and who knows how much longer to keep his rabid base and right-wing media pundits satiated.

      But Trump may also feel the continuing shutdown offers him a degree of both distraction and protection amid the stress of his mounting scandals and investigations into himself, his businesses, and his family.

      Today is the day the money runs out for the Mueller Grand Jury and they will have to either continue without compensation or be furloughed.

      This is also the time when the entire judicial system begins to slow and eventually grind to a halt.

      Although the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigations and those of the Southern District of New York appear somewhat insulated at this point, Trump appears to feel he has no incentive to end the shutdown, nor does he care what damage is being done.

      Trump acts only in self-interest. Empathy is not transactional. A "cornered animal" is at its most dangerous. And one of the hallmarks of Trump's psychopathology is vindictiveness.

      On the contrary, Trump may seize upon this moment as an opportunity to further consolidate dictatorial power and muster the darkest forces within his cadre of adherents and sycophants for a last stand, the final 'end times' battle between good and evil, between democracy and tyranny.

      And like all great villains in history and literature, Trump believes he has God and righteousness on his side. Therefore, he will recognize no limits to his vengeance.

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      What Pelosi Should Do....

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          Taking her functions seriously and being a responsible leader, Nancy Pelosi should ask a written confirmation from Homeland Security, FBI and other entities involved in the security of our country about the safety of holding the Annual Address.

          Upon receiving the said written confirmations from all parties involved, Capitol being the building of the public, she will then allow the event.

          If there is some hesitations among the letters received, she could simply ask all her members not to participate.

          By doing so, she could also demonstrate that she is more responsible than the President who does not care:

          -to put our soldiers at risk overseas,

          - to increase the risk of travelers at airports

          - to decrease the food inspection for consumers

          - to diminish the efficiency of our border patrols

          By showing she is a responsible leader, at the same time, demonstrate how Mitch McConnell is putting Trump ahead of the people by refusing a vote on the shutdown.

          Time for Democrats to stand up and fight. It seems that a few of the new members of Congress have more guts and stomach than Schumer.

          Texancan

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          May And Trump. Facts And Fears.

          How the "forced perspective" is employed by politicians and the media to spread fear and lies.

          A very nice little explanatory video narrated by Stephen Fry.

          "Facts vs Fear."

          In the second video, Fry explains who profits from the hate around Brexit and Trump’s border wall of lies.

          Perception of crime levels has become completely detached from reality.

          Are we witnessing the death of democracy? It sure looks that way.

          Worth watching for the education IMO.

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          Lack Of Diversity In Trump’s First Judicial Nominees For 116th Congress

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              Democrats need to put their foot down and stop this nonsense. Being all white male is NOT who and what we are as a Nation.

              https://www.yahoo.com/news/lack-diversity-trumps-f...

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              McConnell Blocks Bill To Reopen Most Of Government

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                  The Democratic controlled House of Representatives passed a bill that was passed unanimously in the republican controlled Senate BEFORE the government was shut down by Trump. Then Speaker Ryan would not bring this bill before the House for a vote.

                  Two people shut the American government down.

                  One other person is helping them to keep it shut down.


                  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/mcconnell-blocks-bill-to-reopen-most-of-government/ar-BBSozi5?ocid=spartandhp

                  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked legislation on Thursday that would have reopened most of the federal government impacted by the partial shutdown.

                  Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) tried to get consent to take up a House-passed bill that would reopen all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is at the center of the shutdown fight. But McConnell objected.

                  The Senate GOP leader didn't explain his objection from the Senate floor but he has warned for weeks that he will not bring up a government funding bill unless it's the product of an agreement between congressional Democratic leadership and President Trump.

                  "The solution to this is a negotiation between the one person in the country who can sign something into law, the president of the United States, and our Democratic colleagues," McConnell said Tuesday when he blocked a House bill as well as a piece of legislation to fund DHS through Feb. 8.

                  This marks the third time that McConnell has blocked House-passed government funding bills in the past two weeks. Under Senate rules, any senator can ask for consent to vote on or pass a bill, but any senator can object.

                  Roughly a quarter of the government has been shut down since Dec. 22, forcing roughly 800,000 federal employees to work without pay or be furloughed.

                  Thursday marks the 27th day of the partial shutdown with no obvious path to a quick end to the funding fight.

                  Talks between President Trump and congressional Democratic leadership derailed after a White House meeting last week. The president left after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she wouldn't negotiate on the border wall even if the president fully reopened the government.

                  Tensions further escalated this week with Pelosi asking to postpone the Jan. 29 State of the Union speech and the president, in retaliation, cancelling a foreign policy trip she had planned.

                  Vice President Pence and son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner met with McConnell shortly after the floor drama on Thursday evening, but the GOP leader indicated they had not reached an agreement during their talks.

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                  Happy Friday

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                      A British doctor says: "In Britain, medicine is so advanced that we cut off a man's liver, put it in another man, and in 6 weeks, he is looking for a job."

                      The German doctor says: "That's nothing,
                      in Germany we took part of a brain, put it in another man, and in 4 weeks he is looking for a job."

                      The Russian doctor says: "Gentlemen, we took half a heart from a man, put it in another's chest, and in 2 weeks he is looking for a job."

                      The American doctor laughs: "You are all behind us. A few months ago, we took a man with no brain, no heart, and no liver and made him President.

                      Now, the whole country is looking for a job!"

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