I watched Trump’s speech about border security live this week, hoping it wouldn’t be overhyped. It totally was.
Yet, it was exactly what it should have been. Trump knows when not to be Campaign Speech Trump. This was more SOTU Trump, which plays better for these sorts of occasions. Democrats and their librul media butt pals were so terrified of what he was going to say, that it made them look oafish when he was brief and measured.
I also thoroughly enjoyed that CBS smarmily fact-checked him regarding opioid deaths and border crossing rapes only to find out that the truth helps Trump’s case.
The government is still shut down and we’re getting close to it being the longest in American history (Saturday being the threshold). Real disruptions are soon going to happen and it might get ugly, from threats of economic recession to welfare payments not being made to hordes of angry park rangers unleashing bears upon tourists. Or something like that. I don’t know what they’ll do when they get desperate. All of this just to build a wall that can be climbed over, avoided, or even cut through with power tools. Is it worth it?
I say it is.
This is going to have to be the moment where we decide once and for all what our future immigration policy is to be. Either we are going to drift to the dream of open borders and become a country that looks like the world or we are going to choose to keep being a nation. There isn’t a middle ground anymore.
It never occurred to me that today’s Democratic Party would move so far to the extreme on this issue. It used to be accepted by both parties that illegal immigration was illegal, there should be some path to citizenship where appropriate, and that the border ought be defended. Today’s Democrats have abandoned all of those positions, choosing to accept the poverty and crime and other societal headaches that will earn them millions of loyal new voters.
Is building a wall going to solve our immigration troubles? Of course not. I’d argue that the natural barriers we already have along the Mexican barrier in the form of deserts and rivers are perfectly effective and, even better, they’re free. What we truly need is
The reason why is that the wall is going to be symbolic of our resolve to maintain our national sovereignty. Unlike policy and laws alone, it can’t simply be repealed by Trump’s successor. It is always going to be there in some form. The cost of the wall itself is a drop in the bucket. We have the money. What’s being taxed is our resolve to fully commit to one ideology or the other.
Both sides have tied their fates to whether or not the wall gets built. I want my side to win.
Trump and most of his supporters believe that it’s effectively the death of his presidency if he fails to get the wall built. They’re right. It isn’t so much that it will break him as it is that the reason for electing him in the first place is pointless. Open borders, amnesty, and the complete dissolution of American citizenship will be the inevitable course. It will be “game over” for the US as we know it, not simply the GOP or Trump.
Should Democrats in Congress fold and acknowledge that the border must be defended and the US has the right to determine who can and cannot be allowed to enter and become residents with all the rights and privileges of citizens, it is a meaningful step to bringing them back to the center and build the basis for the reforms that are most urgently needed.
All that considered, I favor that the shutdown continues until Congress approves the wall.
If the US government has no interest in protecting its own international borders, then the US government may as well no longer exist. We’ll see soon enough what it is to be. I have no predictions to offer, beyond saying that whichever side wins is going to define the course of American history for the next generation. For better or worse.
Unless, you know, Trump decides to do that National Emergency business and kick the can down the road. He does that, the wall either won’t get built or won’t work because there’ll never be comprehensive legislation behind it to address other immigration issues. No, it’ll be best if Congress decides, one way or the other.
I know this is a music thread, but feel free to discuss the topic in the comments. If you’re here for the music only, here’s this week’s categories:
- Steel or Concrete – Which is better as a construction material? Express your preference with a selection of either Hard Rock or Heavy Metal.
- GTFO – Nothing sends a message of “get out and stay out” quite like a big ass wall. Shi Huang and Hadrian must’ve known something, right? What songs send the same message?
- Banging Your Heart Against Some Mad Bugger’s Wall – Can’t think of anything? Just post something from The Wall. Or anything that references walls or any structural barriers.
Here are your dedications of edification:
Santino: I favor concrete. Cheaper than steel, though I acknowledge that constructing a steel wall with US steel would play well in Pennsylvania. Hard rock it is.
Fly on the Wall by AC/DC.
To The Wall by Sepultura
WVR: Can’t bang your head to it, but it’s a solid #3.
Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House