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Art of the Deal

ProPublica has obtained a recording of 10 Central American children as they are processed by the border patrol and separated from their parents. It’s hard to hear this without wanting to give them hugs and reassurance because that’s what little children need. They are too young to fend for themselves.

And it just occurred to me that this is exactly what the Trumpers voted for. It’s not that Donald Trump is some brilliant strategist and deal maker. But he is a brutish thug who knows damn well that causing misery for the young and helpless and forcing others to watch is the best way of shoving his unacceptable policies down our throats. He’s going to get $25 billion for his border wall if he has to terrorize every little kid from El Salvador to do it. Just dangle them out the window by their feet and threaten to drop them unless he gets what he wants.

This is exactly what Republican voters wanted. They don’t want him legislating or negotiating or compromising or being diplomatic. They want him to cut through all that comity that exists between people that make life less stressful and go right for the jugular. They want him to rip some throats out. And if that means being cruel to people who need help, kicking them when they’re down and taking their kids away, so be it. He showed them, those pansy liberals.

What does he want that wall for anyway? $25 billion is not going get it completely built, it’s not going to stretch from sea to shining sea. But I’m guessing it’s going to make some people very rich. No one I know wants a stupid wall. A wall could be used to keep us in. It’s a waste of money when we could use it for so many other things, like real infrastructure.

But he’s gotta have it. The money is going to end up in his pocket one way or another.

So, let’s just cut him and his family a check for $10 billion and tell him to take a hike from the White House.

Take the deal, Donald, and go away.

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It’s not your conservatism…

… that bothers us, conservative women.

It’s that you think you can get away with being cold, heartless, snobby twats and hide behind your “virtuous” life and that no one will dare say a word against you. And you unreasonably resent it when you fail to pass our character test.

To you, it’s more important that people don’t drop the F-bomb around you than condemning white nationalism. Your priorities are defective.

You don’t have to be a white nationalist or sexist jerk or Incel or homophobic person or someone who thinks that immigrants are animals who deserve to have their children terrorized by the department of homeland security for us to want to avoid you in public. All you have to do is let others’ indecent behavior go without comment or protest because somehow, you benefit materially or psychologically from this administration’s reprehensible and inhumane policies.

That’s nothing to be proud of and we are not here to try to understand why you feel ok with treating people badly or approve your point of view.

If you don’t like it, tell it to the chaplain.