Donald J. Trump is not a lawyer (although Trump, Trump, Trump & Kushner does have a certain elegance.)
If Trump had been a lawyer, he would have known that he needed evidence in order to accuse the U.S.A.-Mexico border of being a “National Emergency.” But he has no evidence whatsoever.
Facts have always been an inconvenience for Trump, in his earlier business enterprise, and today in his current game of playing at presidents. As any legally trained person will tell you, facts are required in building a convincing case.
Actually, anybody who’s watched a few episodes of any of the police dramas on TV can tell you the same thing.
The president’s address to his nation on Tuesday evening was, as expected, long on assertions but woefully short on facts. (When I refer to facts, I’m thinking of objective facts, rather than Trump-facts manufactured out of wishful thinking.)
Statistics compiled by U.S. government agencies contradict most of Trump’s statements about the southern border.
As many have pointed out, there are no indications that “rapists, gangsters, drugs and terrorists” are invading the sacred soil of the U.S.A. by way of the land-border.
(Terrorists enter most often by air, while drugs travel by container-ship or in the endless stream of trucks that passes daily through points of entry on the highways.)
What does enter by crossing the border in remote areas is the human tide of refugees, trying desperately to find a safe haven from the harsh political climate of their Central American nations.
Which leaves rapists and gangsters.
Rapists and gangsters, if indeed they are trying to enter the U.S. illegally, represent an insignificant addition to the ranks of red-blooded American rapists and gang-members. Does the president regard Central American rapists as unfair competition for his own U.S.-born predators?
His claims about the southern border have been de-bunked repeatedly, but the poor man’s an obsessive, and can’t make the adjustment to reality.
I hope the Democratic Congress and the more reality-centred of the Senate Republicans will make common cause in refusing to fund the Trump Wall, and concentrate rather on the hundreds of genuine problems that need to be addressed in the real world. If the U.S.A. loses its place as “the Beacon of Democracy for the World,” who will step in to take up the responsibility?
I’d like to believe that Canada would be a natural successor, if it weren’t for the current intrusion of Trumpism into our own political system.