Things I think about the wall:
- I don’t much care one way or the other, although, as a fiscal conservative, I hate government waste and, therefore, am not keen on the idea of borrowing billions of dollars to build a wall that will have little if any impact.
- Bad guys will tunnel under the wall, as they have with the walls that are already in place, will fly over it, and will continue to smuggle drugs into the country on trucks, trains, and boats as they have been doing all along. There are better ways of defending the country than with a wall.
- The U.S. already has walls along portions of the U.S.-Mexican border. To think that erecting a wall along the entire border will have any material impact on illegal immigration or contraband entering the U.S. requires more mental gymnastics than I can handle. I respectfully decline to adopt yet another delusion. I’m trying to rid myself of the ones I already have.
- Part of the motivation for the wall is racist. I hear it all the time, even from family members and acquaintances. I confess to having been too passive in the face of such bigotry. No more. My granddaughter’s ancestors on her mother’s side immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico. Anyone who has met her family should be aware of this likelihood. So for people to make bigoted remarks about Mexicans or Latino immigrants in my presence is beyond offensive. I pity the next person who makes such a crack. It may represent the end of our relationship. Enough is enough.
- Part of the motivation for a border-length wall is economic: the desire not to have our high standard of living watered down by lower-cost immigrant labor. Yet our unemployment rate is incredibly low. And many employers can’t find people to take many of the jobs that immigrants are willing to take. So why do we think walling ourselves off from the rest of the world is wise from a purely economic standpoint? I have no idea. It seems like a stupid idea to me. I’m not for illegal immigration, but I am for immigration. Many of the people who want a wall are not.
- I don’t for a minute think that President Trump cares about the wall. If you research the genesis of this issue in his campaign, I think you’ll come to the same conclusion. Trump stumbled across red meat to feed the angry mob and used (and continues to use it) to his political advantage. Moreover, Trump doesn’t give a damn about all the debt we’ve been incurring to fund his spending spree that is designed to get him re-elected. Enough is enough.
- The way our president leads knuckleheads to believe everyone entering the U.S. from Mexico is a drug smuggler, terrorist, or criminal is disingenuous and is designed to appeal to the worst in us. It’s offensive, but hardly surprising. Just about everything this guy does and says is offensive. I don’t think any idea warrants support just because it’s a priority for him — in other words, no deference should be shown just because he managed to get himself elected.
- All of that said, as I said at the beginning, I don’t much care one way or the other about the wall. I think there are more important issues. If my fellow citizens want to spend billions to build it, while our roads crumble, people go without health care, and our youth go deeply into debt to fund their college education, then so be it. Suffice it to say I’m out of step with a lot of what’s going on in this country. There are worst thing than building an unnecessary, ineffective wall — like bombing innocent children in Yemen and supporting a murderous prince in Saudi Arabia. The list is long.
- If I were a member of Congress, I’d vote my conscious and refuse to borrow money to expand the border walls. If the president chose to shut down the government unless he gets his way — as he’s done — like a petulant child (which he is), then so be it. It’s on him. And if he refuses to back down, then impeach him. Goodness knows there are ample grounds to take such action.