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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 grinds 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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          Ray Cunneff
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          All those Libertarian billionaires like have the government shut down and want to say "See, this nation can go on less government."

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              Ray Cunneff
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                  Ray Cunneff
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                      Ray Cunneff
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                      Since cowardly Trump and our US Congressional leaders refuse to end this indefensible"partial" shutdown - here's my two cents worth.

                      EVERY federal worker needs to agree to close the entirety of our federal bureacrasy down by full federal worker decree. No more is this about only certain federal workers. This is now about every single federal worker in every single federal office. No one goes back to work until EVERY FEDERAL WORKER RETURNS TO WORK. The only reason this farse of a shutdown has gone on this long and is being baited by one political side or the other to even (preposterously) go past the State of the Union address - is its arbitrary discrimination against certain federal employee caught up in the net of it being "partial". Enough of the abuse and extortion of select federal employees and their agencies. Seize control, federal employees - all of you. And this shutdown will end in a day.

                      Additionally -the entire federal workforce needs to send a collective solidarity exhibiting message to our nation's shameless elected leaders - don't bother asking federal workers in any state for their votes in 2020 - why should any federal worker, two million strong civilian employees and over two million active duty and reserve US military - support anyone in DC, right or left in 2020 - including the prez.

                      ENOUGH.

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                          Ray Cunneff
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                          It seems to me that the news media bears a responsibility to keep reminding us how this "shutdown"all started and where we are now. It started with the Republican controlled Senate in 2018 unanimously passing a bill to fund the government with money for border security (not a wall) which Trump initially supported. That would have prevented a shutdown. Then, unelected "would be' President Anne Coulter castigated Trump for caving in on the border wall. That made Trump take away his support for the Senate bill and the Republican controlled House did not pass it. (As an aside, Lindsay Graham has become unhinged since John McCain's death, and is not part of the solution.)

                          In 2019 when the Democrats took control of the House, they passed, with Republican support, a bill very similar to the Republican Senate bill in 2018. But Mitch McConnell will not bring that bill to the Senate floor, knowing how it passed unanimously in 2018. Because, if the Senate voted on the bill and passed it, the bill would go to President Trump, and if Trump vetoed the bill to fund the government, Trump, and Trump alone, would be a giant poster board for the government shutdown and 800,000+ federal employees going without pay.


                          Instead of trying to protect President Trump, McConnell could have protected the American people (which he was elected to do!) and brought the House bill before the Senate for a vote the first week of January 2019. And even if Trump had vetoed it, I think congress would override the veto.


                          As long as Trump and his colleagues (or should I say "stooges") can keep up their distractions, and the news media keeps from continually going over the facts, the American people can become more and more confused. People are out of work, businesses are hurting and Americans want it all to end. That is the Republican end game: confusion and blaming both parties.


                          I don't know how this ends, but I do know that our federal workers and the businesses and services that depend upon them should not be held hostage by a bullying, egomaniac named Donald Trump!

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                              Peggy Gaston Ledbetter
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                              This latest gambit that Trump calls a "compromise" is nothing of the sort, not only because Democrats were not consulted or involved, but that it's a temporary DACA ("Dreamers") and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) fix in exchange for a permanent wall and otherwise partially giving back what he'd already taken away. No path to citizenship for the DACA kids.

                              That's not a negotiation, it's an ultimatum from a hostage-taker holding 800,000 federal workers, related businesses and the whole economy for ransom. In offering to extend temporarily DACA and TPS programs for three years, Trump is cynically calculating dismantling these programs permanently during his second term.


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                                  Ray Cunneff
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                                  Maybe they can make a deal to build walls between the gaps in the border fence now in return for DACA as the Democrats want to legislate it. Those furloughed workers have been hurt long enough.

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                                      inventdilla
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                                      Give the DACA kids a path to citizenship and he might have a deal. As it is, Trump's just kicking the can down the road for three years. Beyond that, H.R. 3479 was already supported on both sides of the aisle and gives everyone political cover.

                                      (see "The Smart Wall Solution")

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                                          Ray Cunneff
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                                          Did you see the pictures yesterday where a hole was dug on both sides of the wall and people went right on through? Hell, the bottom probably wasn't 30" deep so it was dug out in no time at all.

                                          Many border agents might be looking the other way since they ain't getting paid.

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                                              Ray Cunneff
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                                              Anyone even REMOTELY familiar with Trump could have told folks that WAAAY before the election. As a matter of fact, we DID tell America!!

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                                                  Ray Cunneff
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                                                  Lest we forget that the REAL TRUTH, often rests in what we cannot see or know. Frump and the GOP make it tempting to question their intelligence when the truth is that their intelligence is not in deficit but vested instead in negative, cunning, deceptive and treasonous character traits. The presumption that we pay for the best (in the moment) heads of government could not be further from the truth. That is why the US Constitution charges the CITIZEN with watch-dogging the government, what might be called the 4th branch of government in a system that depends greatly on checks and balances. So no, they are not unintelligent and they definitely know the Constitution well enough to use it in a way that enables criminal activity and the ability to subvert its included safeguards, that protect our Democracy.

                                                  S/S

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                                                      Ray Cunneff
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                                                      I have inside information that Trumps announcement tomorrow will be that nobody does shutdowns better than him, and this has been the best shutdown ever. Then he will blame democrats for not negotiating and ask for donations to his 2020 campaign.

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                                                              Ray Cunneff
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                                                              I hope the miserable bastard IS afraid!! He's only had transgender America afraid for two years. Screw him, nice to see the shoe on the other foot. Bastard. I hate you, Donald!!

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                                                                  Ray Cunneff
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                                                                  ok I found out there are two stories circulating one is that Trump is not giving in to the Democrats period. The other one is that Trump is going to offer the Democrats something they may not want to refuse. What that something is I don't know. but air time is around 3pm Saturday.

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                                                                          Ray Cunneff
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                                                                          To all those who whine that the government shutdown should be fixed by “both sides,” I say that you don’t know the difference between the criminal and the victim.

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                                                                                  Ray Cunneff
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                                                                                  A few have said the same thing he is such a duche bag he may just call it off and probably won't give us an explanation. But I have no ententions of complaining. The issue I have the most is because of all the crap he has put us through and all the Mueller stuff the sob may get a ticket out of here with no charges, no arrest, no jail time.

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                                                                                      Ghostolini
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                                                                                      I hear you. I want NOTHING more than to see Trump behind bars! After what he did to my community, that alone ought to be a crime against humanity. Screw him...I hope he rots in prison, and then rots in Hell.

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                                                                                          Ray Cunneff
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                                                                                          Not reconizing what is starring him in the face will be his downfall while in office and most certainly after the worthless POS is gone.

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