Y'all as in President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with their crews of genius political consultants, cowards who won't abide compromise and the ideologically impaired whose tantrums echo across the land when they don't get their way.
The issue, of course, is immigration. From both sides, it's compromise and moderation be damned. Even worse, it's both sides' use of death and human misery for political purposes.
To wit: For Pelosi and her Democratic mob, the deaths of two Guatemalan children, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal and 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo who died shortly after crossing the border, it was an occasion for blame casting. For Trump and his multitudes, it was the the gunning down of California police officer Ronil Singh, allegedly by an illegal immigrant, Gustavo Perez Arriaga.
Both sides shamelessly used deaths to accuse the other side of peccant, depravity and moral turpitude. Cable news stations of opposite persuasions seemed almost giddy as if the deaths proved the other guys are depraved.
For example, incoming House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) accused the Trump administration of intentionally causing the deaths of the two children while they were being detained as illegal immigrants. “It’s a deliberate creation of the Trump administration, which is trying to make things as miserable as possible. And if kids die, they’re apparently willing to have that,” he ranted.
Then there are Trump's tweet rants:
Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally. They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try! The two ...children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days....
Has it come to this, that we're accusing people of murder because it advances their political agenda? Do were really believe that some political opponents are so indifferent to human suffering that they are willing to people suffer and die for debating points?
I won't engage with any responders about who is most right and who is most wrong. For me, both sides are wrong in their intransigence and their stubborn refusal to act in the common good, as the Constitution's Preamble declares.*
"We the People" have elected a shipload of fools to act in our behalf, which, I guess, makes us even bigger fools.
Every now and then, these fools throw us a bone of hope that maybe a solution and updating of our antique and ineffective immigration laws are possible Gee, maybe the White House meeting of Trump and congressional leaders today will help resolve the immigration issues and end the stalemate over the government shutdown, I thought before the meeting.
No way. As Nancy (She'll cut off your head and you won't even know you'r bleeding) Pelosi and other Democratic congressional leaders emerged from the meeting that compromise is not possible, blah and blah.
But compromise is possible. It's how a democracy/republic works. Failure to compromise leads to government shutdowns and in the future, worse. Without compromise, self-government is dead. Compromise is a sign of courage in this political climate, not of weakness.
Both sides say they want "border security," but both sides have dug in their heels over symbols and linguistics. Political strategy has overwhelmed substance and reason. Both sides fear they'll look weak if they "give in." Both sides want to portray the other side as political opportunists.
In this, both sides are right. Y'all make me sick.
*"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America"