I wrote this in May and forgot all about it. It has been in my Draft box since. do I have my finger on the pulse or what?
My son mentioned Gary Johnson in a text today. It is the second time someone had mentioned Johnson in a week. It makes one think. So sit back, relax and consider your alternatives.
I still see Trump-ettes gloating and Cruz-ers complaining on social media sites. The media will make you think there are only two candidates left in the presidential race. And if not for FBI Director James Comey slow-walking the Clinton investigation (he has made the FBI political tool like the IRS), there might have been only one Democrat.
If you look at the polling data, there are more voters dissatisfied with a choice of Trump and the felon than there are people happy about it. I don’t recall a situation like that in recent memory. The number who don’t like or respect either candidate (regardless of their intention to eventually vote for one) is in the vicinity of 60%. That is a critical number. 60% of all voters think the front runners are clownish and immature (Trump) or phony and untrustworthy (BJ Bill’s wife).
This provides the electorate with an opportunity not seen since Lincoln. As I tease this out, keep in mind that in 1860 most people saw Lincoln as an affable oaf. Enough people in the states that participated in the election saw him as honest enough to elect. So cast aside for a moment the grand images we have of Lincoln today, and think like a person who might be in the 60% mentioned above.
The talking heads on all networks like to tsk-tsk and smirk at the idea of a third party run right now, but as I eluded to, the Republican party in 1860 was a lot newer than the leading third party we have today.
The candidate put forward by the Republicans was far less experienced than the leading alternative candidate we have on the ballot in all 50 states this year. Unlike Donald Trump, this candidate has chief executive experience of the kind that is not entirely driven by a what’s-in-it-for-me motivation. In real life, Trump was a financial funnel more than an actual chief executive anyway.
Unlike Hillary Clinton, the alternative candidate hasn’t destroyed women on behalf of an ethically bereft spouse, used his office to strong arm hundreds of millions from foreign governments, or needed the protection of a corrupt president to cover her felonies. And that is just a short list. It is worth mentioning also that EVERYTHING Clinton ever attempted in an official capacity has failed miserably.
In the person of Gary Johnson, a person I tend to agree with about 50% of the time, we have a two-term Governor of New Mexico. A proven anti-tax warrior (Trump wanted to raise them before he wanted to lower them, before he wanted to raise just some of them. Sanders gains an auto-erotic thrill at raising taxes.). Johnson reduced taxes in New Mexico several times and never increased taxes during his tenure.
He is a consistent enemy of run-away national debt. Both Democrats are debt producing machines.
In a campaign season dominated by the ridiculous, one recurring theme stands out, Donald Trump’s border wall. To a person opposed to illegal immigration, as I am, the idea of building a wall to keep illegals out sounds like a good idea – for about six seconds. It takes very little critical thinking to conclude the idea is not only ludicrous but an unworkable waste of resources.
General George Patton is often quoted as saying, “Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man. Anything built by man, can be destroyed by him.” This speaks to the first and most obvious reason we don’t need a wall. From the moment the first shovel of dirt is drawn, efforts to defeat the wall will begin. A physical obstacle, as often as keeping some people out, draws others toward it with a desire to thwart or destroy it. Drug runners and coyotes will enhance their reputations, and thus their paydays, by creating ways to overcome this fixed barrier. If it works at all, it will work for only a short time. Walls, locks, doors, etc. are all created to keep honest people honest. Dishonest or desperate people will eventually render these things obsolete in pursuit of their needs.
The “They-can-do-it, why-can’t-we?” Argument:
Have you heard this old saw? “Israel has a wall and it works!”
Well, it works most of the time. People often do get over, under or around it. And the Israeli wall has a luxury we don’t have in this country – a nearly inexhaustible supply of personnel to man it. They have mandatory service and huge military reserves per capita. These troops need something to do while not fighting a war. To man a 400 mile wall is no great challenge. And it is not against the Israeli Constitution to do so. Conversely, we have two problems. Our wall is supposed to be almost 2000 miles long. Manning it the way the Israelis man there’s will be mighty unpopular, especially among the soldiers sent to do it. Then there’s the little question of the Constitution.
Oh, I can hear the outcry already from the Wall lovers. Well, Obama didn’t follow the Constitution or the law when he redefined immigrants and even telegraphed his desire to have more people cross the border illegally!
I agree with that 100%. Obama has abetted criminal activity on the part of illegals. He should face charges. He won’t, of course. But you don’t fix that with further debasement of the same laws. This country is not ready to have federal troops manning checkpoints and possibly aiming weapons at us. Civilian entities charged with doing so are stretched thin. They will not be able to cover our Wall the way Israel does theirs. And we have no provision for the Army to do it.
I Stole Donald’s Idea…Sorry.
With all this in mind, and eager to demonstrate how competition is good for the buyer, I hit on an idea last week. I sent the Mexican Embassy in DC the following email.
To: His Excellency Miguel Basanez Ebergenyi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
From: Matt Jordan, Author, Not at all extraordinary.
I have been watching Donald Trump going on about building a wall for a year now. In his words, “It’s going to be a great wall; a GREAT, GREAT wall. Let me tell you.” Then he always goes on to say, “And Mexico is going to pay for it, believe me.” Why would you do that? I am not altogether sold on the idea of Trump’s wall, but if Mexico is interested in paying for a wall in the United States, why wait until election day?
I was recently combating erosion on my property and hit upon a brilliant idea. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. I already built a wall. It is…well, perhaps not great…but it’s pretty nice. And it is very practical.
My idea was to let Mexico pay for this wall instead of the Trump wall.
Think of the advantages with the deal I am offering. It’s quick, easy and far less expensive than the deal Mr. Trump is offering. And the work is already done! Frankly, I don’t see why you would even consider what Mr. Trump is offering. It sounds terribly pricey and does nothing for the curb appeal of either country.
If you prefer my wall, and IF Donald Trump becomes president and says it’s time to build a wall in the U.S., you can say, “No problem. We already built one in Mississippi. But good luck building yours, Donald.” And if Donald is not elected, his campaign can say, “Well, at least Mexico was nice enough to pay for a wall, anyway.” Trump saves face. Everybody wins!
I’ve taken the liberty of attaching the invoices for my retaining wall. The total comes to $182.74, USD. I subtracted $15.26. You shouldn’t have to pay for my light bulbs too.
But wait! There’s more!
In the spirit of international cooperation and because I had a great time in Playa Del Carmen, I am not going to charge you for labor. So, you have that going for you.
Thank you for your time. I look forward to your considered reply. And I sincerely wish you all the best.
Matthew E. Jordan III
Yes, I really sent the receipts and pictures of my tiny wall. I hope the Embassy takes the email with the humor intended. I hope they enjoy reading it. I hope they actually cut me a check.
The funniest send-up I’ve seen on the Wall issue was the treatment it received in South Park. In the episode, Canada decided to build a wall to keep Americans out. Needless to say, Americans had all the reactions you’d expect. Insult, resentment, curiosity. All the Wall really did was to interfere with the natural rhythm of life on the border and hurt both economies.
When asked what Canada was hiding behind the wall, the response was one that will become legend in comedy history: “[long pause]…Don’t worry ah-boot it.”
The Wall That Never Was (A Remake)
Another reason to reject the wall as ludicrous is that it will never, ever be built. I am of the opinion that the wall talk is just a populist rant. It gets good poll numbers among those who believe it. But let’s assume Trump is sincere. He REALLY wants to build the wall. They’ll start it. There will be ribbon cuttings and politicians with chrome-plated shovels turning over clods of dirt. Men with hard hats will move in and get to work. From that day forward, every foot of the structure will be challenged in court. There will be case after case, genuine and frivolous, filed. Most will be from landowners or environmentalists representing every species living within 100 miles of the wall. They’ll all get their hearing. Injunctions will roll out by the wagonload. Work will stop and start. Contractors will have to give up to control losses. After a few years it will be announced that due to costs and interference the wall won’t be built. Or it will just be left to die quietly with no announcement. But I can assure you that at the end of Trump’s tenure, whether it is four or eight years, there will only be a few sparse, abandoned sections of what was intended to be a wall from the southeast tip of Texas to the Pacific. It will be exactly like last time when we were promised a wall in exchange for amnesty for millions of illegals.
The only way we will reduce the numbers of illegals coming into this country is to make it as uncomfortable as possible for those who try. Enforce existing law. No welfare, no food stamps, no Medicaid, no housing assistance for illegals. And damn sure, no Social Security! If churches and charities want to try to provide all that, fine. Their illegal beneficiaries will still be deported when caught.
If the federal government is too corrupt or cowardly to enforce its own laws, states and municipalities have the right to declare themselves illegal alien no-go zones. By not enforcing the law, the federal government forfeits the right to interfere in such enforcement by state and local government. If, for example, Jackson County, MS decides it wants no illegals there, they have a right to pass laws proscribing the hiring or housing of illegals. It would be the equal opposite of sanctuary cities. Just watch the real estate values shift!!!
It will take real effort on the part of those against illegal immigration to force corrupt politicians and their crony business partners to follow the law. I doubt 98% of the people reading this will ever lift a finger.
Matt Jordan is a travel writer, political commentator and author of Street Politics: It Aint Your Daddy’s GOP Anymore!
The first debate of the general election is in the can. And as I warned repeatedly, in the book and here, all the felon had to do was talk. She could have recited nursery rhymes. She may as well have since ALL of her points were general socialist crap the left has been shoveling for decades mixed in with the pretense of economic understanding.
I said on FB last night that by morning CNN would declare Clinton the debate winner and FOX would say Trump won. Well, I just watched CNN and despite showing four polls to one with Trump as the winner, CNN says the felon won. At FOX, their own focus group has Clinton winning overwhelmingly and FOX says that Trump won. Go figure.
The fact is nobody WON last night and the viewers, who hoped to see something significant, lost. Hillary spent the evening doing her best more-of-the-same routine in front of a nation, 75% of whom think we are headed to hell on a rocket sled. So Hillary didn’t win – she just didn’t lose.
Except for one moment, Trump was left to repeat the same, tired, tangential blather he always uses when he is not on teleprompter. He did nail it on TPP for two reasons: First it is 100% true the Hillary Clinton was totally in the bag for TPP until she saw Trump polling through the roof by being against it. She immediately flipped. The second reason he scored is because the tangents he swung through happened to be on topic, so he sounded good.
But basically the Donald that I, the media and BJ Bill’s wife have expected since last year showed up last night and made a hash of the debate.
Make no mistake. While I am no fan of Trump and warned against his nomination, I am even more an anybody-but-Clinton advocate. But Trump just did not rise to the occasion last night. He isn’t capable of doing so. He missed so many opportunities (cyber security, Benghazi, Syria, economic growth, the Clinton Slush Fund) to slap that silly grin off her face that I was left yelling the lines and ranting to my buddy Dale via IM.
But again, Trump didn’t lose, he just passed on too many opportunities to walk away stronger.
The Trump cult is intact. The rubes who think “mommy government” should continue to change their diapers are still pulling for Hillary. And 60% of us are left to continue to shake our heads and wonder how these two could possibly have been nominated.
I’ve said it before. Gary Johnson is a dorky guy. But he is a successful, two-term governor dork. He can also form complete sentences. If for no other reason but bringing an actual argument to the debate, we need him on that stage. Hell, Johnson might be the catalyst that keeps Trump on message. He’ll certainly be a foil against the kind of Clinton pablum which has dominated the left since 1968. He is up to 13% in recent polls. Let’s get him over 15% just to shake things up. Just click here.