I had been wanting to say something, but then I spoke with someone today who's wife is a federal worker today, and that was enough to push me over the edge. She's a lawyer for the Dept of Homeland Security, and she's considered essential personnel, so she's been working now for 5 weeks without pay. Bills are piling up for their family and they have no idea what they are going to do. He was keeping his chin up, but I could feel the fear and the desperation just under the surface. It made me want to cry. It made me want to scream.
What is happening in this country is deeply fucked up. I cannot believe that I have to say that it is immoral, sick and evil to be playing chicken with two million people's lives because you are afraid of Ann Coulter and you're throwing a baby fit to make a little progress on a campaign promise. This isn't politics--this is an authoritarian narcissist who truly doesn't give a shit about the misery he is inflicting on federal workers, those trying to claim asylum, etc. The word for someone who has that much power, and who cares that little for the effects of the wielding of that power, is "monster."
It is immoral and wrong to make a promise to someone (in the form of a job) and then pull the rug out from under them like this. For every president in the history of this country it has not been an option (to let it go this long, every day the consequences of the decision worsening the well-being of this country). Trump is betraying his obligation to lead and protect this country. Trump has been a conman that could be spotted from 1,000 yards his whole career. We are getting no "art of the deal" here. But if you STILL think he is an upright, competent, effective businessman and politician--God help you. And to all of those who still support him, I say shame on you for aiding and abetting the horror he is inflicting on this country.
I know I've offended some with these words and insinuations; I hold no ill will against you, but I stand by them. If silence equals consent, and if all it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing, then apparently I should be doing and saying things when my conscience is offended. So should you.