Ever since the beginning of his campaign, Trump has had an explicitly racist message about Latinos. When he started declaring that he would build a wall on the Mexican border and "force" Mexico to pay for it, his audience went wild. The conceit was that this would make America "safer" but it was always clear to even the densest observer what his boasts were about.
Now that he's presiding over a failing presidency (in record time!), Trump is looking to shore up support by feeding red meat to his rabidly bigoted base. But Trump, being the simpleton that he is, is directly undermining our safety in order to appease his white nationalist followers:
The Trump administration, searching for money to build the president’s planned multibillion-dollar border wall and crack down on illegal immigration, is weighing significant cuts to the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration and other agencies focused on national security threats, according to a draft plan.
The proposal, drawn up by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), also would slash the budget of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which provides disaster relief after hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. The Coast Guard’s $9.1 billion budget in 2017 would be cut 14 percent to about $7.8 billion, while the TSA and FEMA budgets would be reduced about 11 percent each to $4.5 billion and $3.6 billion, respectively.
Read that again and understand it. Trump is cutting a hefty chuck from our national security apparatus to build a wall that serves one purpose and one purpose only: To give racists an enormous erection.
I know the Coast Guard is not the most glamorous branch of the armed forces, but they guard our coast. It's literally their name. They stop drug shipments and they intercept refugee boats. And, as Banter's Wes Willaims pointed out, they're the ones that keep a nuclear or biological weapon from floating up to our front door.
But none of that matters because building that wall is what white nationalists crave. It would give them a physical manifestation of their hatred of Those People and they will happily sacrifice much of the safety they constantly demand to get it. Trump's actions are the clearest admission yet that he doesn't give a damn about protecting Americans; he only cares about catering to the sick needs of conservative racists.
In a very real sense, Trump making America less safe for what amounts to a publicity stunt is the perfect metaphor for conservatism.
Their economic policies make the economy worse.
Their foreign policies make the world more dangerous.
Their domestic policies unravel the fabric of our society.
Their job creation policies kill jobs.
Their healthcare policies strip people of their healthcare.
Everything they do in the name of safety, morality, economic security, job growth, freedom, etc. achieves the exact opposite goal. And now, with Trump's wall, we have the ultimate expression of the conservative drive to cut off their own nose to spite their collective face. Unfortunately, like living with a suicidal conjoined twin, our lives are being put at risk as well. But if we can survive the next 4 years, we have a chance to fix the damage before it becomes terminal.
There are 607 days left to the 2018 elections.
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