Commentary

Build the Wall and It Will Work – Just Look at Human History

By S. FOX | Jan 23, 2019

Each additional new day of political party intransigence on border security provides even more convincing evidence that many politicians we elected and sent to Washington to carry out the country’s business appear to act more like immature, cantankerous, bickering troublemakers than the educated and deliberative problem solvers we expect. 

Donald Trump was elected and has served as our legitimate president for about two years. One of his most popular campaign promises was to “build the wall” on the southern border, which, if and when completed, would go a long way in addressing and finally resolving the festering immigration problem.

This is a problem that previous presidents have tried in vain to correct since the mid-1980s. It seems as if that project should be a cinch to accomplish since almost everyone, including Hillary Clinton, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Obama, looked upon border security favorably. But now, however, having lost the election, those who once made border security promises are now sulking and acting childish. They have vindictively declined to help the party in power correct long-standing border control issues.

The obvious truth is that some liberals detest the president so much that they now choose to expend whatever energy they can to derail Trump and his agenda rather than support a project that would dramatically curtail, if not end, illegal border crossings as well as all of the other potentially harmful concomitant problems such as drugs, gangs, criminals, human trafficking, diseases, etc.

Some opponents are quick to counter that “walls won’t work,” “are a waste of money” or “send the wrong message.” Recently the wall has been called “immoral,” a ridiculous assignment of a human value to a non-human structure. More extreme obstructionists want to eliminate all borders and end ICE and the border patrol, while protecting sanctuary cities. These are ideas many believe ludicrous and anti-American. Many believe we should place greater reliance on technology, like electronic surveillance and remotely controlled aerial drones.

No reasonably intelligent individual should find any reason to question the value of a physical barrier in controlling the border because aside from protecting our country and the brave ICE agents, it would provide a deterrent to would-be caravan promoters. Entry would not be possible because walls work day or night, in all weather conditions, require little human interaction, and can’t be “jammed,” shot down or easily destroyed. Electronics and drones can be useful, but they are just “icing on the cake.” As a message in a Chinese fortune cookie summed up very nicely, “If the cake is bad, what good is the frosting?”

From a historical perspective, there is little doubt that physical barriers and walls have worked successfully. Ever since prehistoric man emerged from his cave or crude animal skin shelter, the concept of building a secure wall has played an enormously important part in providing security. In the 7th century B.C. the Great Wall of China offered protection from nomadic raids and invasions. Pope Leo 4th ordered a protective wall to be built in 846 A.D. to fend off Saracen pirate attacks on St. Peter’s Basilica. Currently, walls constructed along the Israeli border have proven to be nearly 100 percent effective in curtailing cross border violence and attacks, saving lives and property.

The Clintons of Chappaqua, N.Y., and the Obamas of Washington, D.C, both former presidential families, have chosen to surround their current homes with secure barriers. Many families are now opting to live in enclosed, gated/guarded communities where designated ingress and egress areas are closely monitored. And, at night and often during the daytime, while we are at home, we retreat behind the secure, burglar alarm-protected, fire-retardant/insulated walls and locked doors of our homes for safety and security.

Walls and barriers of all kinds are necessary and ubiquitous. They have been doing what they are designed to do in every conceivable venue since the beginning of time and no doubt they will be around to serve humanity well into the future. Neither country nor home nor you-name-it can successfully exist, thrive nor endure for long without a defined border or wall and, where the country is concerned, a regulated and strictly enforced border monitoring and control system. Remember: Border order blooms where a tall wall looms. 

S. Fox lives in Little Egg Harbor.

 

 

 

 

        

 

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