Dear President Trump
You folded like a cheap paper plate. A few realities to offer you. Living and governing with principle is hard. You chose not to when the heat was dialed up. Had Washington folded after the Battle of Manhattan we'd still be speaking with British tongue and eating haggis. Had Lincoln surrendered his principles the Blacks would still be slaves. Had the 1940 Congress folded FDR would have himself 12 liberal Supreme Court judges.
You folded. Plain and simple. I might remind you that, until Friday afternoon, you had about 39 percent hard core support. You now have about 30 percent.........probably the same people who you talked about when you said you could shoot someone on the corner and still have their support. Not me. That 39 percent was critical. Come 2020 you might, just might have roped in the 12 percent you need for re-election. Now? Forget about it.\
I'm an Independent....among the 9 percent cheering you on because I wanted that wall as much as you. Not so much that it would stop all illegal immigration (we can't do that until we start enforcing E-Verify and rounding up Visa Overstayers.) The wall was as symbol that we are serious about getting control over our illegal immigration.
But you folded....partly because you feared the aftermath of the pain the shutdown caused...partly because you didn't understand the Democratic base. First of all, whether you revive the government or not, you'll still be blamed for the shutdown. So what would it have hurt to let Chucky and Nancy squirm awhile. Secondly, and I hate to break this to you....you were probably two more missed paychecks away from winning. You were right when you said government bureaucrats largely vote Democratic. And one thing Democrats love is government gravy. Take the gravy bowl away for too long and they would have come screaming to Pelosi to let that god-damned one half of one percent of the federal budget go toward building that wall. But you couldn't hold out.........even after your cock sure tirades that you'd never surrender.
Then you did. So, you lost me. You are no more principled than your wishy washy Congress on both sides of the aisle. Worse, you are now weakened and bloodied and, worse, laughed at and derided even more, joined in the merriment by the 9 percent of us you lost yesterday.
Please don't tell me you'll shut down the government in February again. You won't. You may try to declare a government emergency and appropriate money from other agencies to to build your wall. But the liberal courts will adjudicate the hell out of that and you'll look even sillier.
Your chance was now. And you blew it. You're one of those tissue-thin Walmart paper plates that collapse when the first 4th of July rib bone hits it.
Sad. Damned Sad.