Wall Derangement Syndrome

I hate to speak about this issue so close to Christmas but it must be addressed because people are acting like lunatics over it. In typically leftist fashion, they’ve framed the argument in such a way that supporting the advancement of a border wall would automatically make you a racist. The other irony behind the leftist opposition to the wall is that they’re suddenly concerned about fiscal responsibility. Let me understand this correctly, leftists are righteously fighting the war against President Trump’s five billion dollar wall because of their dedication to fiscal conservatism and racial tolerance? Color me skeptical, particularly when leftists are consistently campaigning for policies that would virtually bankrupt this country further. To get some perspective on how little five billion dollars is by comparison to the largest financial liabilities America presently needs to pay, check out our national debt in real time.

Unless Trump is planning on spray painting racist epithets on the side to insult would-be border-hoppers, this wall is not racist. Walls are constructed by sovereign countries to protect their land from unwelcome guests. It’s not a hard concept to comprehend even if you disagree with the building of the wall. Border walls have been used throughout history as an effective measure to promote security for those contained within them. Attaching racism as the motive of the wall would denote that all border walls everywhere are racist by their very existence, which is an absurd proposition. The reason racism is being claimed in this case is because President Trump is the one pushing for it and leftists will vehemently oppose President Trump by any means necessary.

It wasn’t that long ago where bigshot leftists like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer and many other mainstream Democrats supported a border wall as an effective measure to, in Obama’s words, “help stem the tide of illegal immigration.” What changed between the time where Democrats were in support of this policy and now? President Trump. President Trump has changed the political atmosphere in this regard because his primary campaign promise was to “BUILD THE WALL!” Leftist Democrats see this moment as an opportunity to deny him this one chance to get the wall built and essentially secure the Democrats a huge win going into the 2020 presidential election. Trump’s base will be disheartened that he couldn’t deliver what he promised and the Democrats will be victorious in denying Trump what he campaigned on. Their opposition to Trump’s wall isn’t fueled by a legitimate concern about the wall’s effectiveness. There is no disputing that the wall would be effective in helping “stem the tide of illegal immigration.” The leftist opposition is fueled by politics. If leftists can deny Trump a huge political win, they are more likely to be successful in 2020 in the Presidential election.

This is a sad reality. Leftists are more concerned with their own political advancement by obstructing good policies rather than concern themselves with the benefits that good policies would have on their constituents. The leftist opposition is failing to provide a legitimate reason for why their opposition is grounded in reason and evidence. They’ve failed to show adequate evidential justification for why they generally used to support a border wall and now adamantly reject it. They’ve not refuted the abundance of evidence showing that walls are effective in securing sovereign borders. Historically, border walls have shown to be largely effective in their design. We’ve seen examples of this in San Diego where their sector of the border wall reduced infiltrations by 95%. Similar results were found in Israel and their border wall alongside the West Bank. Are the leftists going to go out on a limb and call Hungary, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Austria, Greece, Spain, and Norway racists for developing border walls to “stem the tide of illegal immigration” from Middle Eastern refugees?

The United States has an obligation to its citizens, as a sovereign nation, to provide protections from those within the wall. We must have a secure border so we can better regulate who enters our country for the purposes of safety. America has been a nation of immigrants and we will continue to allow for people to immigrate to America. However, America has the sovereignty to closely monitor who we welcome and how we invite them in. America has no obligation to globally invite every member of earth into its borders. There are national security, cultural, economic, legal, and political implications on America if immigration were mishandled. That is why a strong border allows us the foundation to begin conversations about how to handle the present day illegal aliens presently within America and how to handle those that cross the border illegally in the future. Without the border, we can’t substantively have discussions about any of these other solutions.