On August 6, I wrote of a certain American presidential candidate’s idea for sealing our Southern border with a wall.
I cautioned against the idea for a number of reasons. Since then, I have publicly stated that I will no longer write about this candidate, and I vow to keep the promise; as such, I believe I can post this without alluding to said candidate directly, for one my cautionary rebukes of his wall idea is now being floated by his fellow GOP Presidential candidate, Scott Walker.
Human nature is frighteningly predictable.
In my earlier post, I wrote:
The Wall supporters lose sight of something: walls can be used to repel, but they can also be used to contain.
First, Trump Wall South, under the guise of preventing entrance of illegal immigrants. What might follow once the concept of a national border wall has found complacent accceptance in our collective psyche? Maybe Trump Wall North, perhaps under the guise of preventing entrance of murderous Muslims. The slippery slope never ends. One day, perhaps, we may find we are surrounded by walls, trapped behind them with our oligarchical headmasters in Washington D.C. who found it easier to physically repel peasant immigrants than to effect real change and transformation within our borders which would perform the same function, albeit with less bigoted symbolism than Trump’s Wall.
And today, The Guardian reports:
The Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker said on Sunday that building a wall on the US northern border with Canada was “a legitimate issue for us to look at”.
Asked in an interview on NBC if he wanted to build a wall on the Canadian border, the Wisconsin governor cited his experience talking to voters “including some law enforcement folks” in New Hampshire, an early voting state in the Republican primaries. Such people, he said, were concerned about terrorists potentially crossing over from Canada.
“They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago,” Walker said. “So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”
In recent months, with the rise of Donald Trump in polls concerning the Republican presidential field, political debate in the US has focused on illegal immigration and the desirability and feasibility of building a wall on the southern border, with Mexico.
However, concerns about the border with Canada, a country that has witnessed two attacks by Islamist terrorists in the past year, have so far gone unaddressed.
Human culture, composed largely of frightened lemmings, will bury itself into an irreclaimable hole if allowed to pursue its own base hysterics. Or burrow itself into a cave where it will eat itself like a trapped cockroach.