MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD: The 2018 mid-term elections are one week away. By this time, we should have a picture of who will have control of the House and the Senate. A Blue Wave is not guaranteed, nor is a Red Tsunami. As we saw in 2016, polls do not tell the whole story. However, headlines may offer some clues. Particularly those surrounding the caravan of asylum seekers approach our border.
Other issues that may affect the elections.
- The death of a US resident and reporter for the Washington Post in the hands of the Saudis;
- Mailing of letter bombs to prominent Democrats and others that oppose president Trump;
- A mass murder of eleven in a synagogue in Pittsburgh
Democrats feel that these instances reflect negatively on President Trump. Blaming the President for instigating the ill behavior of others.
The approaching caravan of asylum-seekers (COAS)
For Trump, the one winning issue of all the October surprises may be the caravan of asylum-seekers (COAS). On the other hand, President Trump and his supporters have continually talked about how dangerous the COAS is . According to Trump supporters, the caravan includes middle eastern terrorists, MS13 gang members, drug traffickers, and pandemic sickness carriers.
Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018
But why are they approaching our border? Because they are afraid for their lives and the lives of their children in countries that cannot control gangs and other criminals. They are also at the verge of starvation.
On the other hand, President Trump and his supporters have continually talked about how dangerous the COAS is. They are using the caravan of downtrodden to scare Americans.
The most basal need of humans is being secure from danger. Above food, shelter, comfort and even sexual needs, is fear. If you can make people scared, you can control them. This is a tried and proven tactic by Trump to affect the electorate.
So, who is in the COAS?
When the COAS started it had about 7,000 members. After swelling to about 10,000 it is now weaned to around 4,000. The arduous journey, Mexican authorities offering passage back and other causes have reduced the numbers by almost half.
President Trump has ordered over 5,000 troops to supplement the 17,000 agents already at the border. Chances are that these additional troops will play a lot of Pinnacle in the next few months augmenting the Federal deficit.
Most of the refugees in the COAS are fleeing mortal danger in their lawless communities. They are also economic refugees that see the US as the place to prevent starvation and death for themselves and their children. Surprise! No different from the many that have arrived at our coasts for the last 200 years.
“Families pushing toddlers in strollers. A group of skinny young men who say there are no jobs in their country. A young woman from Guatemala being helped by medics by the roadside, her ankle twisted and swollen after six days of walking.”
No one has reported terrorists, gang members, drug traffickers and other criminals forming part of the COAS.
A recent report portrayed a woman from the Mid-West saying that she was going to vote for Republicans because she did not want the mob from COAS to hurt her. Unfortunately, logic is not part of this election for Republicans. Chances that this woman will ever meet any member of COAS are infinitesimal.
Whatever your political leanings, please try to make a logical decision when you are in the voting booth.
About the author:
Mario Salazar, the 21st Century Pacifist, believes foolishly that citizenship is an accident of geography. He is in Twitter (@chibcharus), Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook (Mario Salazar).