What is overlooked in the hoo-hah about the US border wall is that Trump can’t lose.
The reason is that this is an issue easily understood.
When the East Germans built their wall, European communism was doomed. You can see a wall, you can photograph yourself against the wall, it’s there, its solid.
When people risked their lives – and lost them – the wall was in all the photographs.
It is not like Obamacare, vague and watery and ill defined. It is not like an immigration policy with thousands of appeals to see what is meant and what was said and how it can be got around.
It is your RSL badge, like a gold medal in the Olympics, even like a wedding ring.
A wall is not just a wall, it is a symbol, and an easily understood one.
And this particular wall is a very particular symbol, this is a symbol that a nation always retains the right to say who gets in, not like the Berlin wall designed as a prison wall, a wall to keep everybody in.
Consider the personal funding going on – even the donations are symbols.
The blundering Democrats and the pussy Republicans didn’t appreciate that, now they are appreciating it. Congress passed the bill to fund the wall and it is up to the Republican Senators. If they vote against it they might as well go home, they will not be re-elected.
And the bonus is that Trump emerges as a powerful figure, what they call in south american and other countries as the Strong Man.
The Democrats have just given Trump a public relations coup.
They said they would give 1.8 billion. Not enough said Trump, I’ll shut the place down.
It is not much of a threat, the shutdown is a symbol.
Technically all the important appropriation bills have been passed. The “government” will not shut down. They will sack a lot of Democrat voters in the group that have to stand down and both of them will blame the Democrats, because the income this year for the US is over one trillion dollars – five billion is chicken feed.
They have made an issue out of nothing – and everybody knows it. Trump has produced statements from all the Democrats of the past – and for good measure all the Republican Presidents all supporting a wall. Refusing now to pay for it is spite.
And just to put the cherry on the icing; a lefty Democrat has published the names and addresses of all the donors with easily obtaining names of their kids to the crowd-funding effort thinking that it will shame others into not donating. It has bounced back.
The donors have sworn publicly that if anything happens to their wives or kids, they will be coming for him and it will not be pretty. You don’t touch anybody’s kids. You will suffer.
If I was him I would be in hiding.