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Declaration of a National Emergency in the U.S. - Trump's Immigration Policy

Admitting "...I didn't need to do this", United States (US) President Donald Trump nonetheless today, moved to declare a national emergency to attain funding for a wall along the southern border with Mexico to repel what he described as drugs, people and gangs from entering the US.

While legal challenges to the declaration are expected, Trump's action would make available billions of dollars from the military construction budget and elsewhere for the president to do as he deems fit per his wall, if allowed by law.

Remembering Parkland - a Year after the School Massacre

It was a year-ago today that tragedy unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Broward County, Florida. Seventeen students and staff were killed at a mass shooting.

Instead of exchanging niceties and chocolates on Valentines Day, 2018, students at the United States (US) high school, wept and mourned over the blood of their innocent peers and teachers, who had fallen to a mass killers bullets within their institution of education.

That horror in Parkland a year-ago has joined places like Columbine, Sandy Hook and others in becoming deathly synonyms of arenas of the too often occurrence of  mass gun violence in the US.

America's Existing Racist Blight - Virginia's Version

Despite major civil rights legislations in the 1960s, advancements in race relations, housing, education and integration, the United States (US) continues to battle a reality of bad race relations. Black Americans continue to be victims of a highly developed economic system that they have made possible with sweat and blood via many years of slavery and segregation, but continue to be denied full rights and benefits of equality because of mere skin color. 

The strange political crisis playing out in the US State of Virginia, is but another example of America's racist blight.

The Toxicity of Hate Past and Present - Stark Truths in the 'Old Dominion'

As if it was wasn't bad enough to witness Governor Ralph Northam become embattled in racist antics of his past  in the 'Old Dominion' -  the State of Virginia, but to also have Attorney General Mark Herring, another Democrat, admit to his voluntary exercise in the wearing of similar images of hate, all certainly underscore the toxicity of hate back then and still today, in Virginia, which state capitol, Richmond, doubled as a capital of the racist confederacy.

Last Saturday, Northam admitted to images in his medical school yearbook depicting himself in 'blackface' and along side a character in a white hood, symbolic of the 'Klan' that has run rampant throughout Virginia and southern states for decades.

The Real State of the Union - Concerning

The state of the union of the American Republic has often been good and strong -  secured under the institutions and systems of democracy, preserved by the practices of freedom, equality, opportunity and the rule of law. 

For many years, the cherished humanitarian component of the character of the United States (US), has facilitated the Republic's rise to the world's largest economy via cutting edge innovation and great advances in science and technology, while under the protection of  a world-leading modern military that has ensured tranquil domestic habitation and protection to overseas interests and allies.

35-Days Later - The US Government Reopens

The Longest shutdown ever of the United States (US) government, 35-days, has ended. President Donald Trump finally accepted terms to temporarily reopen the federal government. Those terms include no money for a border wall the president has forcefully insisted upon at the hardship of over 800,000 federal employees.

Trump's acceptance to reopening the government came upon terms that were offered more than a month-ago. Furloughed federal workers have experienced economic hardships and have lost two pay checks as Trump insisted upon a wall.

Time for Direct Action against Division in America

Let me be brief and very explicit today: it is time for concerted and direct action against division in the United States (US). If nothing is done to combat the misguided attitudes of some Americans against many others, then those who condone and perpetuate such fallible division, must shoulder full blame for the ensuing ramifications and affects created by their agenda of division.

Following yesterday's sorrowful event that witnessed white Kentucky school boys pestering peaceful Native American marchers at the National Mall, Washington, DC, it has now become clear that the abysmal descent of the Republic into division since the ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency, is reaffirmed.

Likely End to the Government Shutdown: by January 29, 2019

Inasmuch as President of the United States (US) Donald Trump has quipped that the shutdown of the federal government could last for a very long time because he apparently, has no intention to budge from a demand for $5 billion to wall out Latinos at the US southern border, the reality of Trump's political survival suggests that he'll be severely weakened going into the State of the Union address on January 29, 2019, having the federal government shuttered.

Trump is set to deliver the annual State of the Union address before the chamber of the US House of Representatives on January 29.

An Uncomforting Time in U.S. Affairs

There is no comfort or relief in sight for hundred of thousands of furloughed federal workers in the United States (US). Pay day has come and gone without any compensation to the workers who are now victims of the longest ever shutdown of the government.

Upheld by President Donald Trump on his insistence for $5 billion to build a wall along the border with Mexico, the shutdown of the federal government not only represents a period of discomfort for those working, contracting and dependent upon federal workers for business, it also signifies a failing in the affairs of the US to function as a synced system of unity with the general welfare of the people as top priority.

Work, Rally or Support - the Narrowing Options before Federal Employees

Today marks the 19th day that the United States (US) government has been partially closed with some 800,000 federal employees furloughed from their jobs without pay.

In lieu of any Executive action preferring the employment and the payment of federal workers over erecting a wall along the border with Mexico, it therefore becomes clear that the options before affected federal employees have narrowed: support for President Donald Trump and their continued paylessness; rally against their idleness; or demand to return to work.