As we complete a full month of the longest shut down in American history, we’re hearing about the outrage of our US Coast Guard men and women not being paid. We’re told that the reason that we need to build a wall is to keep drugs out of the country. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE COAST GUARD DOES! On a regular basis, they put their lives on the line seizing drugs and contraband on the open seas. The fact that they’re not being paid is unacceptable!
Last week, Speaker Pelosi wrote to President Trump suggesting that the State of the Union Address be posponed. President Trump responded by cancelling the plane that Speaker Pelosi was goint to use for a trip to Afganastan. While President Trump is responsible for the start of the shutdown, it has turned into a pissing contest that all three players are responsible for. President Trump, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Schumer have broken the cardinal rule of negotiation by making their demands so rigid, there is no room to negotiate. There is no desire to allow the other side to save face. Whether a union is negotiating with management, a buyer and seller are making a deal on a home, or a couple is working something out in a marriage, there has to be a way for both sides to save face. The fact that our US Coast Guard is paying the price is unacctable.
What can we do? We can do things to alleviate this suffering that are tangible and intangible. First, I would suggest donations to The Coast Guard Foundation; https://coastguardfoundation.org/coast-guard-support This could give the families much needed help. Secondly, I would encourage you to show your support for our Coast Guard Families. In 1979, when the hostages were taken in Iran, Americans showed our support by wearing yellow ribbons. We continuted that tradition when our troops have been depolyed oveseas. I ordered a Coast Guard pin that can be found on amazon.com that should be arriving soon.
Please do what is right for you to show our love to our Coast Guard Heros.