EMERGENCY OF WHAT?
By Will Dursens
Somewhere I once saw a note that said ‘Life is About Using the Whole Box of Crayons’!
This is my ‘BOX OF CRAYONS’!
This box of crayons wants to color my observations about the emergency declaration that is heading up all the news lately.
Our current leader recently opened a new reason to be fearful and said so in order to claim reason for declaring a national emergency proclamation giving him the power to use money of his choosing to funnel into his so-called solution for this emergency.
He claims our country is suffering from a major invasion along the southern border and it must be stopped before he destroys our country.
According to the definition found in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word INVASION is one – an act of invading, especially an incursion of an army for conquest or plunder; or two – the incoming or spread of something usually hurtful.
Many of us can say that we have suffered an invasion of some sort in our life, can you? At least an invasion in our eyes and our world.
It could have been an invasion of ants, mice or cockroaches. It could have been the invasion of the arch rival’s fan base at a local football game. It could be the invasion you feel from just a changing society.
Ask yourself, are these invasions worth building a wall around your own piece of the world while shutting out all of those who may come knocking.
But the question is – have you ever really felt a true invasion, one that made you feel as if your neighborhood, job, city, state or nation was being attacked by a foreign country or agents?
Our question should be – are we really being invaded on our borders, in particular, the southern border?
Ironically, moments before declaring this so-called national emergency, this same leader signed his name okaying a new piece of legislation that included $1.9 million for upgraded border security using better technology, increasing the number of border agents and even funding to increase a current border fencing program by another 55 miles.
When a person declares that he didn’t have to do something, but then turns around to say he is doing it anyway just because he wants it done faster and wants more control over how much money is funneled into it – does that not throw up some red flags of suspicion as to the true emergency he is claiming.
Current numbers show illegal and legal immigration is down and the largest percentage of illegal drugs are flowing into the country through current check points, by water, by air and underground.
Scary to me is that the emergency declaration will open other problems such as where will this emergency money come from.
Oh wait, it is coming from money the congress and senate has already allocated toward relief efforts for those in Puerto Rico and several states.
Oh wait, it is coming from redirection of money in the defense budget that was to be used to fix military family housing and educational buildings, military infrastructure and the improvements of protection and safety at our military installations.
Oh wait, I also hear that some money will come directly of expenditures already allocated for fighting drug problems in our country.
What is it that is driving our administration crazy about these folks who want to come to our country to give themselves an opportunity for a better way of life while escaping turmoil in the land they previously had called their homeland?
I am guessing that most folks have no clue the works that these immigrants do when they come to this country and just how hard they do it. These are the folks that do much of the grunt work on the vast farms that keep us fed, as well as being the ones willing to do those jobs too many of us see as beneath us like janitorial work.
Please explain to me what the ‘invasion’ is?
Drugs are drugs and those who want the drugs brought into this country will continue to find the path to do so just like they have been. Was anyone listening to the stories coming out of the recent trial of ‘El Chappo’ on how he and his forces built elaborate tunnels under any and everything that would get in their way – including some of the wall that is already been built along that southern border.
In listening to some of the ‘emergency declaration’ presentation, all I saw was a leader who bullies others and reminds us that he will get his way no matter what the cost.
The emergency declaration will give the administration the power to seize lands and hand out building contracts without much of any oversight.
He just signed a bill giving upgrades to the border security, including some of that dang wall he thinks is so important.
Walls are for prisons and a wall along the southern border would be imprisoning us.
Admitting the whole idea was not necessary and would now be tied up in courts for a long while (at taxpayer expense I am sure), though he says he will bully those to his advantage.
If it was not necessary, then it was not necessary – being the leader of our grand country should not be performed by someone who is a bully and demands to get his way no matter what as that is not the American way and we should not be sitting back and allowing it.
What walls do you have in your life and what invasion are they for?
That my friend is, for today at least, my box of crayons talking about life and the world around us.
Looking forward to taking more adventures with all those who may think my life box of crayons are important enough to see and hear.
With that, I simply say thanx – from Will.
(My Box of Crayons is copyrighted@2019 by CrossDove Writers – no part of this writing can be reprinted or used without written permission by CrossDove Writers and/or Will Dursens.)