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A Fence For All Seasons And All Reasons

Updated on February 8, 2017

When is a fence not a fence?

For our united fence, we need all the pickets.
For our united fence, we need all the pickets. | Source

A United Fence

Just one stick alone

doesn't constitute a fence.

A fence missing enough sticks

isn't much of a fence either.

A united fence is the best

at keeping things in or out.

A united people

are like a united fence.

All are involved

and no one is left out

or missing.

The people stand there

upright and together,

side by side,

of equal stature,

of equal strength.

a united fence for all,

for all seasons,

and for all reasons;

a bulwark against

all that is a threat to any.


© 2017 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved

Caucus Sense

When the Republican Party caucuses were held in Utah, I prepared a short message I hoped to deliver at my local caucus.

It never got delivered. The reason was simple: the leaders of the caucus in my city were determined to give our caucus votes to Senator Ted Cruz. Discussion was limited to nominations of delegates that would vote for Cruz. Utah's Republicans did. I didn't.

Here is what I had hoped to say:


[I welcome this chance to speak on my thoughts about the 2016 Election.

Long ago I quoted Mahatma Gandhi who once encouraged the people of India with these words: "First they will ignore you; then they will laugh at you; then they will fight you; then you will win."

In my 80 years I have observed how politicians campaign for office, some serious and some just for recognition.

I wondered at first how serious Mr. Trump was about running. Was it just a publicity stunt or was he serious. Meanwhile those "in the know" ignored him, then they laughed at him as simply "an entertainer",.

Now despite Mr. Trump's self-financed resiliency I am observing them fighting him as he brings long-silent voters into active participation in this year's electoral process with 1 out of 10 of his voters having not voted in the past 10 years.

Out of respect for their votes and mine, and out of concern that a shattered Republican Party losing in November would mean Hillary Clinton could possibly appoint as many as four new justices to the Supreme Court in the next 8 years, I promise to do what the other Republican candidates have promised to do. I will support Donald J. Trump, if he is the nominee of our party. And, I believe as expressed by former Democrat President Jimmy Carter that "Trump is malleable, whereas Senator Cruz is not", and that Governor Kasich is only likely to be a candidate, if the convention is manipulated to deny our new voters their expressed support of Mr. Trump.]


In light of the outcome of the 2016 Election, and the very real need that not only Republicans, but the nation as a whole unify enough to tackle the very real questions the 2016 Election raised, I have written the poem at the right.

If I were an illustrator, and I am not, I would draw a white picket fence with each picket in the fence representing separate groups of Americans.

We cannot have an effective fence made of just a picket for Democrats, and a picket for Republicans, and so the white picket fence would include all parties, all genders, all races, all religions, young, old, laborers, Native Americans, engineers, union members, and so forth.

Visualize that kind of fence with the pickets side by side.

Each side of a picket allows us to face outward and inward at the same time, outward at our role in the world, and inward at ourselves.

We have so much to accomplish as citizens of our ever smaller world, and as citizens of the ever more cohesive and prosperous America.we can build together. Like a picket fence, and as Secretary Clinton urged us, we are "Stronger Together", but only if we stand up and work together for the valid goals we share.

Standing together we can and will still dicker and debate, cajole and shout, demand and desire. But when our voices have all been heard and decisions are made, let those decisions be decisions that make America as strong and resilient as our growing unity permits.

Then let our enemies ignore us, then laugh at us, then (if unavoidable through every effort we have made) fight us. United we will surely win the ultimate victory.

Our nation, our children, and our posterity, deserve nothing less.

"United we stand. Divided we fall." Those six words must be our guide.

Our mottos remain: e pluribus unum (from many, one) and In God We Trust.

May it be so, I pray.


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    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      Nice speech. Unfortunately, when I turn on my radio to hear the news we're not coming any closer to unity. Ideology, rather than the desire to do what is best for America, is what keeps us from turning into that unbreakable picket fence.

      Democracy did not triumph in your little town. Why were they trying to strongarm Cruz?

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      pstraubie48 - Rooting for your grandson and hoping that one day we can all make sense of what has been facing him (and your family.) The world can wait, but not too long. Looking forward to your next Hub. Love, D.

    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hoping that we can find a way to make sense of all that is facing this new President and our nation.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Finally a photo to illustrate this Hub!

      I would still prefer a graphic that shows each group (almost an endless number) that makes up our national, united fence. I guess that wish remains to be answered. Any takers?

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      peoplepower73 -What President Trump, and the rest of us, do to reunify the country after years, and years of divisive actions and rhetoric, will determine his legacy and our future.

      Getting worthwhile things done is important, but the most important progress we can make will be to come together for the overall good of the nation and its people.

      Thanks for coming to this article, reading, and commenting.

    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      3 years ago from Placentia California

      The picket fences, your poem, and your speech are all great metaphors. But I'm afraid the way Trump is using the wall is not to unify, but to divide. I have done a lot of research and analysis about Trump and even read his book, The Art of the Deal. By his very nature he divides and conquers, by whatever means possible. He divided and conquered the whole GOP field and the Democratic field during the primaries by using insults and slander. He is now president and will not let go of the fact that he lost the popular vote. From my research, he sees the world as winners and losers and nothing in between. That is what his picket fence comprises...Good job on your article. I really enjoyed reading it.


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