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Enough all ready, it’s time to shut down the shutdown.

It is the longest government shutdown in the history of government shutdowns in the United States. As I write this piece we are two hours from completing day 26 of the “Trump shutdown,” so named because Trump said it would be a pleasure for him to shut down the government.

On day 22 of the shutdown, Trump celebrated by having the Clemson Tigers, the top collegiate football team in the country to the White House for a “happy meal” from McDonald's. Boy did he look pleased with himself.

On day 26 of the shutdown, Trump punished Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi because she will not give in to his demand for a $5 billion expenditure to build a concrete wall on the border with Mexico. Her punishment was the denial of her use of a military plane for a planned junket to visit troops engaged in combat on behalf of the country.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Americans who work for the federal government either have been furloughed or have been required to work without pay pending the conclusion of the Trump shut down.

This shut down has cause heretofore proud Americans to apply for public assistance in order to have food to feed themselves and their families. It has caused otherwise self-sufficient Americans to choose between food, or medication or utilities.

In short Trump’s shut down is punishing good and decent Americans who rely upon the government to secure domestic tranquility and the pursuit of happiness.

Is the wall worth the havoc the shutdown is having on the psyche of grassroots America?

Is it?

Why put Americans out of work to stem the tide of immigrants who want to come to this country to work?

How absurd?

Can’t we find a better way to solve the issue of immigration without putting American families at risk of losing their homes, health, and American pride?

Damn the wall, shut down the shutdown!

Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine, Medium, and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at

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