Welcome to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history

Today is January 13, 2019. It marks Day 23 of the Trump government shutdown. I began on December 22. It’s now officially the longest government shutdown in United States history.

How did we get here again? Trump wants $5.7 billion to build a 220-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Without funding for such a wall, he will not sign a bill to fund the daily operations of the federal government.

Trump claims this 220-mile wall along the 1,954 miles that separates the United States from Mexico is crucial to our safety and security. That claim is odd considering his shutdown means members of the Coast Guard, TSA agents, and air traffic control officers are not getting paid during the Trump shutdown. They’re still working, they just not getting paid.

Not paying people who work for you is bad

Not paying workers who directly contribute to our nation’s safety and security seems like a terrible way to do things. You know who loves the fact we aren’t paying our TSA agents now? Terrorists wanting to smuggle weapons or bombs on board a commercial airliner, that’s who.

I not only want TSA agents to get paid immediately, but I also want to give them a raise to thank them for their service and to apologize for how badly Trump treated them. The same applies to the Coast Guard and to the air traffic controllers.

Donald Trump’s first Oval Office address

President Donald Trump delivered his very first Oval Office address last night. He talked about the “humanitarian crisis” taking place on our southern border. According to Trump, the best way to respond to the humanitarian crisis is to build a ginormous wall between the United States and Mexico.

When in human history did a giant wall ever solve a humanitarian crisis?

Trump loves walls, especially if they keep out brown people

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Trump wants his wall so badly that he’s shut down the Federal government until Congress gives him $5.7 billion to start construction on his wall. In a sense, he’s holding our country hostage. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and Senator Chuck Schumer, minority leader in the Senate do not want to fund a wall.

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Chuck Schumer looked like a badass. If Nancy Pelosi wanted to look like a badass, maybe she shouldn’t have worn a pink suit.

After Trump spoke about the wall, Pelosi and Schumer got their turn. Schumer looks in the above photo as though he just killed a six-year-old cancer patient’s puppy. He looks like he enjoyed it and that he’s chomping at the bit to do it again.

Pelosi and Schumer need to hold the line

I think it’s important for Pelosi and Schumer not to fund Trump’s stupid wall. If they cave on this, he’ll only take advantage of them and our country again. I don’t believe Trump cares about the unpaid and furloughed government workers. He put them into this situation by shutting down the government. I don’t think Trump even cares about our country. Trump cares only about himself. He’s a racist asshole who has a long history of only caring about himself.

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Dark Matter Season Two.

I didn’t watch the speeches last night. Like most good Americans, I was watching Netflix. We’ve been binge-watching Dark Matter. We’re now on season three. Evidently, it ends in a cliff hanger. That’s not good because season three was the final season. I’m guessing the people making Dark Matter thought there was going to be a season four. I’ll read all about it when I’m finished with the season. Unlike my wife, I don’t google TV shows until I’m all caught up.

The giant migrant caravan heading to the United States

There’s a giant migrant caravan heading to the United States. It just crossed into Mexico from Guatemala and it now consists of over 7,000 people.

That number will surely get bigger as the caravan makes its way through Mexico. People the United States deported to Mexico will likely join its ranks. That’s what happened as it snaked its way through Guatemala, people who were deported back to Guatemala joined the caravan so they can return.

Some people making the long trek are seeking asylum.

The giant migrant caravan heading to the United States - Bent Corner

Evidently, President Donald Trump is miffed the caravan was not stopped at the Mexican-Guatemala border. In fact, he’s threatening to withhold aid from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador because they aren’t doing enough to keep their citizens from coming to the United States illegally.

I’m not sure how that’s going to make things better, withholding aid. If anything, it will only worsen conditions for people in those countries, resulting in even more people seeking a better life in the United States.

How do you stop 7,000 people?

I’m curious to see how Trump will stop these people from entering the United States. It’s really hard to humanely control 7,000 people. What if the caravan grows to 20,000 people?

Trump has threatened to send troops to the border. What’s the military supposed to do, kill unarmed men, women, and children with M1A2 Abrams tanks? Turn them back with B-2 bombers?

I don’t think so.

There are so many ways this situation can go bad. Having an ignoramus for the Commander-in-Chief worsens the situation by a factor of ten.

It’s impossible to exert your will on a crowd as large as it will be when it attempts to enter the United States. Unless you’re willing to turn such an attempt into a bloodbath.

Landon Donovan’s other ‘team’ is Mexico?

The 2018 World Cup is currently taking place in Russia. It’s a competition to see which country has the best football (soccer) team in the world. It takes place every four years. The host country automatically gets in, all the other countries have to play their way in. The United States did not get in. They did not play well enough in the qualifying matches to go to the World Cup.

Landon Donovan’s other team

Landon Donovan is arguably the greatest player in U.S. soccer history. In 157 appearances for the United States, he’s scored 57 goals. For many years, he was the face of U.S. soccer. That all changed this weekend with the following tweet:

Landon Donovan's other 'team' is Mexico? - Bent CornerLandon Donovan seems to have confused the word “team” with “country.”

Mexico is a country. It’s not a team.

Landon Donovan is 37-years-old. He is playing professional football in Mexico for Club León. I can only guess that’s why he agreed to appear in this promotional photo for Mexico, sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Did Mexico and Wells Fargo pay him well for this promotion? There’s no amount of money large enough that would get me to turn my back on my country and promote my country’s biggest rival in international soccer.

Landon Donovan is just weird

Landon Donovan has played for the United States against Mexico at Azteca in Mexico City where supporters threw cups of urine at him and his teammates while taking corner kicks. Who knows, maybe he’s into that. He’s heard Mexico supporters chant homophobic slurs at him and his teammates, both at Azteca and in the United States. He honestly expects me to turn my back on my country and join him cheering for Mexico? Thanks, but no thanks.

The United States isn’t in the World Cup. You know who I’m rooting for this year? The other 31 countries that are not Mexico.

Garcia Zarate is the reason there needs to be a wall

Garcia Zarate

The murder trial of illegal Mexican immigrant Garcia Zarate, accused of murdering Kate Steinle, ended yesterday in a not guilty verdict. Garcia Zarate will now face deportation to Mexico, something that’s already taken place five separate times. In fact, when he murdered Kate Steinle, Garcia Zarate was awaiting his sixth deportation back to Mexico.

There’s no denying Garcia Zarate found a handgun, aimed it into a crowd, and pulled the trigger. What was in dispute was the intent. Garcia Zarate told authorities he was trying to shoot a seal. He claimed he missed the seal and accidentally shot and killed Kate Steinle.

Immigration laws do not matter

Once again, we cannot count on our government to do the right thing. We have laws. If these laws were enforced, Kate Steinle would be alive right now. Would be seal killer Garcia Zarate would be in Mexico where he belongs.

It doesn’t matter what laws get passed if they’re not enforced. This is especially true with immigration laws. If they’re not enforced, they do not matter.

This is why there needs to be a dumb giant wall built between the United States and Mexico. Only a giant wall will keep people like Garcia Zarate out of our country. If he wants to shoot seals, let him do it in Mexico.

Once a wall was built to keep people out, we wouldn’t have to hope law enforcement does their duty. We wouldn’t have to hope their budget allows them to do their duty. A wall, unlike a law, is a physical thing. Gravity would enforce the intent and purpose of the wall. Congress doesn’t control gravity. It wouldn’t matter if Congress completely gut the budget of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the giant wall will keep people like Garcia Zarate out of our country.

The Great Wall of China.

Can a giant wall separating the United States and Mexico even be built? Sure. The Chinese built a giant wall that stretches over 13,000 miles. If the ancient Chinese could build a wall that large, surely we could build something smaller, yet similar if we really wanted to.