With a barely concealed chortle the man’s ebullient voice burbled on my answering machine. For a donation right now, he gushed, Republicans would send bricks to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to show my (non-existent) support for Trump’s wall. Our government has been shut down for a record period over a temper-tantrum by a man desperate to leave something tangible from his wasted term as president. Apart from the clean-up of the Trumpian incontinence that has befouled this nation, his legacy as the most incompetent holder of the office is likely all that will be left behind in the swamp. With two full years of control of both houses of congress and the White House there has been pitifully little to show. Now the GOP has turned to pranking the citizenry to deflect once again the fact that nothing worthwhile has been done.
Walls, for those who know how to read, don’t work. Republicans have forgotten how their former darling, Ronald Reagan, both gloried in his purported role in knocking down the Berlin Wall and his hatred of the Russians. In a matter of three decades a major political party has excelled only in having outdone Watergate and completely reversing its position on everything that used to define it. Claiming to be the party of Lincoln they nominated and elected a man who publicly supports the klan. Branding has never smelled so cheap. And get off my phone—I’m expecting some important calls.
What the GOP doesn’t seem to understand is that the price of a soul is far more than a long distance call. Building a wall is mere rhetoric reified. It would be an incredible waste of taxpayer’s money. I’ve been paying into the system for 42 years now—others have been paying longer—and I’ve not yet met a rank and file Republican who wants a wall. And yet our government, one of the most powerful in the world, is shut down over it. The 2016 election itself was stolen by a game called the electoral college. We’ve sat two years and watched democracy crumbling. Now that a small check has been introduced we have an unbalanced man insisting on his own way over the will of the nation. There are more important things to buy, for my money. With my money. Acknowledging how government works shouldn’t be a great effort for someone who aspires to be president. If his party has to resort to sending novelty bricks, the wall has already been built.