Throughout the presidential election, Republicans constantly said that they had absolutely no intention of helping Donald Trump carry out an insane plan to build a massive wall on the United States southern border. Now that Trump has won, however, they seem to be changing their tune.
The Hill is reporting that Capitol Hill Republicans are already trying to launch a plan to start construction of Trump’s wall this year, perhaps by April. The only part that is unclear is how the wall will be paid for. Of course, Trump has promised that he’d force Mexico to pay for this ridiculous endeavor, but that seems to be a bridge too far even for this new insane incarnation of the Republican Party.
Team Trump is insisting that what they are doing is perfectly legal because there was a law that was passed when George W. Bush was president that called for a “physical barrier” between the United States and Mexico to prevent illegal border crossing. The law never really went anywhere as far as actually being used, but now the nutjobs that make up the House Republican caucus are insisting that this gives them a green light to construct Trump’s wall.
We are really living in a new era here, folks. This has to be the single nuttiest idea that Trump made such a staple of his vicious, vulgar, racist, anti-immigrant campaign, and the GOPers who didn’t know what to do about having Trump as a nominee kept saying it wouldn’t happen. If this doesn’t tell you just who and what the Republican Party is, I don’t know what will. While they control the federal government, they are going to take us on a fast track straight to Crazy Town, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Oh, wait – there is – FLOOD the offices of your representatives, and that of the leading Republican on the Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan. His number is (202) 225-0600. Believe me, they listen to angry constituents, because we are the ones who keep them in office. Tell them that this is OUR government, and we DEMAND that this insanity end NOW.
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Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 2 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.