TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) is nothing new in presidential politics. That if President Trump found a cure for paralysis his obsessive haters would complain that he put wheelchair companies out of business is par for the course. A different group of haters would have said the same thing about Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton – going back even as far as George Washington. After all, none other than Thomas Jefferson said of Washington: “he’s destroying our country!”
It is such a shame to see pathological, muleheaded haters of any particular president. It is pathetic, and often causes the individual unhealthy angst and frustration, even anger, over the course of the particular president’s time in office. Not to mention that even the best of leaders do not function as well in an environment filled with vitriol. Note: none of this is to condemn sincere criticism of a sitting president, which is not only proper, but is actually healthy. This is about unbridled, irrational, hell-bent viciousness.
Nonetheless, while TDS may be troubling and unfortunate, it is not illegal. Americans have every right to despise their president if they so choose. Our Constitution guarantees the right to the shameful character flaws known as hate and nastiness. Therefore, try as I do to change people’s minds – not just about the current president, but about every president – sometimes my words just fall on deaf ears. C’est la vie.
Americans, however, do not have the right to break the law.
The law in question is the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 8 of the U.S. Code. It clearly states that it is a crime to enter the United States without proper authorization (i.e., a U.S. passport or other appropriate identification, or an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa or equivalent). Yet as of this writing, there is a fundraising campaign on the Internet funding leader Go Fund Me’s website, gofundme.com, which has collected over $150,000 to date because, in their own words, “we wanna make sure ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them.”
The fundraising campaign, titled Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall, is a direct response to a far more successful Go Fund Me endeavor called We the People Will Fund The Wall, which collects money to fund the proposed wall along the U.S. Mexico border, a cornerstone of President Trump’s national security and immigration policies. As of this writing, monies collected have for We the People have surpassed $18 million in donations, and by the time you read this may have broken the all-time Go Fund Me record, currently over $22 million, held by the Time’s UP Legal Defense Fund, for women bringing sexual harassment charges against high-profile men. To put things in perspective, the Time’s UP fund has been collecting money since 2017, whereas the We the People campaign, as of the new year, has only entered its third week.
The We the People page was founded by Brian Kolfage, a veteran who lost both legs and his right hand when injured in combat in the Iraq War in 2004. He appeared on national television shows such as Lou Dobbs Tonight and the Laura Ingraham Angle to promote his cause, and the money has been pouring in ever since.
Kolfage guarantees that 100 percent of the funds will go toward building the wall, citing examples of previous instances when the U.S. government has accepted private donations toward its expenditures. However, Kolfage does not address the possibility that the wall may never be built and what would happen to the donations at that point.
Nonetheless, while there is debate about the effectiveness and appropriateness of building a wall on U.S. soil, there is certainly nothing illegal about it. In stark contrast, raising money for ladders to scale such a wall, thereby entering the United States illegally, is a federal offense punishable by jail time and severe financial penalties.
The Ladders page, apparently run by the former Charles Clymer, also a veteran once self-labeled a “male feminist” who has since emerged as a transgender woman named Charlotte, describes the page’s name Ladders as being “satirical,” explaining that its purpose is not really to collect money for ladders, but rather give the proceeds to “the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.” I imagine that Clymer’s use of the word “immigrant” actually refers to Persons Here Illegally (PHIs).
That may explain why law enforcement authorities have not shut the Ladders page down. It does not, however, account for the fact that people generally do not read the fine print, and so it is quite likely that of the more than 7000 donors thus far, many (perhaps even most) think they’re actually giving their money to ladders that would be handed out to PHIs waiting to scale the wall. And while mistakenly assuming one is doing something illegal does not make it illegal (for instance, someone who wants to “break the law” by growing oregano is not really breaking the law), Go Fund Me’s Terms and Conditions clearly state that: “Without limiting the foregoing, you agree not to use the Services to: raise funds or establish or contribute to any Campaign with the implicit or explicit purpose of or involving violating any law, regulation…” etc. Accordingly, does the Ladders page not implicitly appear to violate the law?
In any case, that some people’s TDS symptoms are so out-of-control that they would actually want to give ladders to PHIs should keep psychotherapists’ appointment books completely full for years to come.
Also quite curious is that Ladders is featured as the “Top Fundraiser” on Go Fund Me’s homepage, and We the People, which has raised more than 100 times that amount, is nowhere to be found. All one needs to do is visit the Go Fund Me website and Ladders pops up immediately, but one has to search to find We the People. Highly suspect, considering Go Fund Me prides itself on not endorsing any specific fundraising campaign.
I have written to Go Fund Me about this, and I think everyone reading this column ought to do the same.
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