Passions are flaring within a blogging group of which I am a part. There is a sense of betrayal because of a belief that our POTUS is backing down on his primary campaign promise to, “Build that Wall!”
The POTUS has been in office for a mere one hundred days. For a wall to be built companies must bid for the job. Proposals must be analyzed. And Congress has to allocate funds. After that, a contract can be awarded.
Think of the last time you embarked on a major home remodel and how long it took to accomplish upgrades in a space of two or three thousand square feet. Did a master plumber pull a permit from the city? What about the electrical permit? How long did it take to replace a roof, or pull up old hardwoods to replace them with a new look? What was required for the replacement of an electrical box, or a new stone backsplash in the kitchen. All of the things mentioned, took three months for my own abode. Things… take time. There are no magic wands.
But there is just a small nagging question in my own mind. Should any POTUS receive everything on their wish list? If Congress approves everything for an American President what makes such a man (or woman) different than Erdogan or Putin? There is a fine line between democracy and totalitarianism and an autocratic ruler.
I do not want an autocrat in office. I do want a POTUS who feels the occasional pushback from Congress and the courts. Minus the aforementioned, we no longer have checks and balances.