I recently wrote to my Senators about my disappointment in their (lack of) strategy during the recent short government shutdown. I thought they blew it for a number of reasons. In any case, I wrote to them (and our House representative) again this morning with the following simple question to use during the immigration negotiations……
I recently wrote you regarding the lack of a coherent Democratic strategy for the shutdown. I just wanted to offer a simple suggestion:
In every interview and every negotiation where “the wall” is put forward, the automatic democratic response should be “we will fund the wall when the president reveals how Mexico will pay for it”. That was the president’s promise to the American people and he should be held accountable for that in any negotiation regarding this subject.
Thank you for your consideration,
Since we are mired in the era of soundbite politics and alternate facts, lets get some details on one of the signature promises of this administration.
Yesterday, we had what might be considered an ideal fourth of July. Up at the crack of dawn to walk the dogs, then off to the golf course with our neighbors and best friends. After a delightful but badly played round, we stopped at a local restaurant to have a late breakfast and chill for a bit. We were served by a cheerful and friendly waiter of hispanic descent. When we asked what he was doing later to celebrate the 4th, he matter of factly told us he was going to his second job before returning to his family in the late evening. We left the restaurant feeling how lucky we were but also cheered by this man’s heart. After a visit with the dogs, we went to see the creative and thought provoking animated film “Inside Out” about how your mind works and the joys and tribulations of youth – if you haven’t seen it, I would certainly recommend it! We decided to walk to downtown San Diego for the fireworks display since we hadn’t done that in many years. After a quick stop at an Argentinian restaurant with good food and a wonderful solo guitar player, we continued to the waterfront. There we joined thousands of fellow celebrators from every race, nationality, and background to enjoy our national independence holiday ritual. We ended up talking to a nice young oriental couple who were also there to take some fireworks photos. We then enjoyed the walk back home with a cheerful crowd and an end to a very nice day!
This entire day was a great reminder of what is best in America. We have all come from somewhere, in pursuit of the same dreams and aspirations, and just wanting that illusive “dream”. It was a great reminder that in this country of immigrants, people like Donald Trump have gotten it woefully and shamefully wrong.