Rod you might of missed some of the posts above, but with the details of the agreement there isn’t going to be any wall building.
The thing that has been bugging me a lot about the media’s coverage of trump generally and this shutdown specifically is the insistence on ascribing normal political motives to him, as if building a wall is in any way a normal political agenda, one that can be haggled over like regulations or tax policy. “Compromising” with him by allowing him to build any significant portion of the wall in exchange for something else is “pragmatic and good politics.” There’s a word more apt for indulging this fascist- wannbe - and that’s appeasement. And if Magnet wants to swoop by with his air of superiority and label me dogmatic, then fine, guilty.
However with the details of the deal released, there’s almost no chance of any spurious wall building. It also clearly shows that whatever Republicans might say publicly, privately they don’t give a fuck about the wall either or they wouldn’t have struck the deal they did.
So who won? The forces of hate and xenophobia certainly didn’t, and for that everyone else did.
It’s a journalist’s job to confront the powerful about the myths they invent to justify their actions. But it seems futile to grill Trump on where he gets his facts when there’s no evidence that truth is important to him at all. Trump’s speech from the Rose Garden might have looked like a normal policy rollout, but it was about propaganda. The president has demonstrated repeatedly that his hostility to immigrants doesn’t stem from a real crisis that can be quantified with facts and figures, but from his own prejudices. The administration can direct officials to hunt around for evidence that supports his elaborate fantasies about bound women and fentanyl flowing freely across the border, but they can’t hide one small, grimy fact: the president is a bigot, and all bigots are consumed with thoughts of power. Trump’s base fears losing it, and so does he.
To decide who’s human and who’s monstrous, to distinguish a state of emergency from everyday life – these are powers craved by dictators. “Sovereign is he who decides on the exception,” or so wrote the far-right jurist Carl Schmitt in the first line of his best-known work, Political Theology. Trump’s emergency declaration might be toothless; the ACLU has already announced that it intends to file suit over it and there are likely to be further legal challenges to the administration’s potential use of eminent domain as it pursues a border wall. Even so, Schmitt, who became an enthusiastic Nazi, might have recognized something in Trump today. Trump is a liar, but that’s not his worst characteristic. He is an ideological problem, and simply calling out his lies won’t keep him in check.