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A Wall or Bust? The 21-Day Reprieval of the Shutdown

Updated on February 4, 2019
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Politico-Socio issues stay ever with us. Gain perspective deciding if these words resonate with your understanding and thinking.

War! What is it good for? Absolutely.... something! There is a war on terror. Terrorism is a generational problem, and therefore, a generational war. President George W. Bush said it when he first declared war on terrorism after the unfortunate events of September 11, 2001.

This is a new kind of -- a new kind of evil. And we understand. And the American people are beginning to understand. This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while. And the American people must be patient. I'm going to be patient.1

Declaring war on terrorism stemmed from the passion and trauma from the loss of life Americans experienced. Everyone from the leadership to the average citizens were all united in mourning for that loss of thousands of lives due to the decision of a small number of people, terrorists!

President Donald Trump, in a recent televised interview, attempted to raise the alarm of funding the border wall with the same level of intensity. He used the word "terrorists" to hearken the American people and their Congressional leaders to get the point of the government shutdown.

President Bush had the support of the American people. Trump did not. The shutdown is over, but not the looming threat if funding for the wall does not occur. Holding America hostage is not a viable plan to garner trust.

Walls Should Not Be Controversial

The president said during the above video that walls protect the country from people who want to cross for a glimmer of hope of a better life. The wall, he suggests, will take away that hope.

  1. Why would any leader make that his talking point when so many Americans do not support a wall for that very purpose?
  2. If an individual walked thousands of miles to get to America, a wall would not stop him or her from trying to get in even failing.

Most Americans, I am confident, do not want a wall to keep the Mexicans from fleeing poverty out of their country. Borders SHOULD NOT be open to freely cross. The president is very forceful and correct about this truth. However, to convince those people who doubt his sincerity about his border policy by citing first of the many good points that he made a controversial one is a political faux pas at best. Whoever wrote that speech needs another career option.

If I were a Mexican citizen who wanted to flee to America for better economic opportunities, a wall would not take away my hope if I could not get in legally. Knowing what it is like to live in America is worth going to jail or getting deported. That is a chance some people will take.

21 Days of Open Government

The government is not a tool that should find its way into President Trump's quiver each time he does not get what he desires from Congress! Having a border wall is necessary for the security of America. The president reiterated to all those who oppose that the wall is not a medieval structure. It will be a wall with the latest technology. Part of it exists and Trump wants more funding for more of it.

Having a wall is not reason enough to shut down the government and take away the pay of workers who have no hen in the political henhouse, but eggs only.

Three weeks starting Monday, January 28 to Friday, February 15 are what the president gives Congress to decide the best way to give him what he wants to avoid shutting the government down again. If he likes it, the war over the wall is over. If he does not like it, the shutdown continues.

Services will open, maybe some people will get income tax returns during that period. Hostages until the powers that be gains its desires, Americans lives their lives under more government control than any could imagine prior to the shutdown. Trump is not the first to force his will on the people. Bush started it when the Patriot Act passed extended powers to the president to help with his aims to retaliate for September 11th's attacks to declare war without Congressional approval. President Obama did it when he bullied the Congress into submission to pass the Affordable Health Care law. President Trumps legacy will be the wall to protect the southern border from the encroachment of a developing nation's lack of security and economic prosperity to sustain its citizens.

Presidents have the power to shut down the government due to the Antideficiency Act first beginning in 1870. The act exists to prevent programs with no clear funding source to have the ability to function, which makes sense seeing that a program with no funding creates DEBT!. If the national budget cannot have enough votes to fund existing programs, it shuts down the government. If the budget does not meet the approval of the president, there is a shutdown.

President Trump will not fund the government because the budget is not to his approval being that it did not include the $5 Billion for a security wall. It will continue to be so as long as Congress does not give President Trump funding for the wall.

Border Wall Support as of 2017

Major Reduction
Minor Reduction
Not Have Much Impact
Don't Know
Republicans/Leaning Repulblican
Moderate/ Liberal
Democrats/Leaning Democrat
Moderate/ Liberal

Support for the wall as of survey by PEW Research FEBRUARY 24, 2017

US-Mexico Border Wall Prototype



FBI's show of force in Roger Stone arrest spurs criticism of Mueller tactics is the headline from Fox news on the very day that the president came forward to give the great announcement of the 21-day shutdown reprieve.

Stone, 66, was taken into custody early Friday after being indicted by a federal grand jury a day earlier as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election. 2

Conspiracy theorists, one of whom I know personally, claim that the president's entire shutdown was to overshadow the fact that Robert Mueller publically humiliated Stone in an attempt to shake some information out of him to implicate President Trump in the Russian election tampering fiasco since he has none. Possible? Undecided is what I say.

Trump said during the video that he has other ways of getting his wall if the 21-day reprieval does not work. Would he really declare no funding for the wall a national crisis and use his military budget? Would it lead to a martial law situation?

The president is very keen about what he communicates. There is no mystery where he stands politically on most issues. There in his speech 1/25/2019 he states,

As everyone knows, I have a very powerful alternative; but I didn't want to use it at this time. Hopefully, it will be unnecessary. 3

Continuing to erect a wall on the border is not a bad thing. Trump wanting a wall is not a bad thing. Where the questionable behavior comes into play is the tactic of government shutdowns to pressure Congress into giving up the funding. It is questionable, but not necessarily wrong.

Congress needs to come to an agreement that appeases our leader's sense of duty to the border's security. Otherwise, we might face another shutdown that can turn into a national crisis.


© 2019 Rodric Anthony Johnson


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    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Pamela, thanks for reading and commenting. I was against the wall at one time because of my religious views of America. I believe that anyone who comes here God directed them to come and they should be welcomed. Now, I am not so keen. There may be something to the wall that President Trump wants us to have at the southern border. There may be a national emergency. I don't want to find out too late that he saw it and the rest of us did not. No one could have thought Hitler would have become the dictator he became in the beginning when he was popularly elected. I support a wall, but not by force.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Attainment, I appreciate your help.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I don't want the government to be shut down, and I am so tired of hearing about this problem. The latest news I heard stated Americans were about half and half with having some wall for certain areas.

      Now that another 2,000 left Honduras headed this way the crowd is sure to grow. There was a time not long ago where the Democrats wanted a wall. We need more judges and more border patrol for sure. This article spells out some of the problems very well.

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      2 years ago

      Congrats. I just want to make sure you are getting the reimbursement you deserve. What makes this site profitable is that we are helping

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Attainment, the ads are pending as the well as the article's featured status. This is my 300th article! I hit a milestone with Hubpages. Thanks for your willingness to read.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Sadly, Bill, I think that the way President Trump is dealing with Congress is his way to compromise. He will give them more time to give him what he wants or he is going to take it a different wasy--still getting what he wants.

      The wall is not a bad idea or desire. Trump is a very big personality, which, it takes those to be president, with just as big a drive to get what he wants when he believes in something. He is willing to let the country go without funds before backing away from having the new compromised border wall.

      The requested money of $25 billion initially is down to five billion dollars. To him, I suppose, that is a reasonable compromise from what he orginally requested.

      I have gone from opposing the wall to understanding the need for a wall. If the president backs down on his request it will show that he was wrong about what he pushed for the last three years. I do not think the president will go for that. Congress needs to be convienced that Trump has the right plan so we can move away from this mess and start on the next one. Thanks for reading and sharing your feelings about this everlasting wall pushing/blocking!

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      2 years ago from Surprise, Arizona

      John, I feel like many Federal employees may feel like a little kid playing monkey in the middle with two big kids keeping their life tossing between Congress and the president. These shutdowns are not the way to attract the best and the brightest to the workforce. At least there is job security. Thanks for reading.

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      2 years ago

      No ads unfortunate.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm just tired of the whole mess, although you could see it coming from a long way off. When everyone learns the fine art of compromise, we are all better for it.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks for sharing your perspective on the shutdown and the wall, Rodric. I am interested to follow this unfortunate situation and see the eventual outcome. I hope it doesn't hurt too many Americans in the process.


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