Dear Mr. President, About That Wall...
It made sense to me in the beginning before you became the president of the United States--the wall. As one of the disillusioned Conservative Republicans who left the party during the Obama administration to become Independent, your speeches infused life into my love for the party again, though I did not claim it until November of 2018. Embarrassment overshadowed my true connection to you.
Admittedly, the vote I cast went to someone else, an independent, which was a mistake on my part. Your television personality turned me off and I did not want to have a president with the characteristics you portrayed. Heck, for what I could see, you were not even a Republican until the presidential bid!
After overcoming the disbelief that you actually won, I came around to the idea of you being president and I support the office no matter who is in it. Truthfully, if I could do the whole voting thing again I might even vote for you, might. I am still ruminating on that for 2020. Yeah, so, might.
The wall, though. Like I said it seemed good initially. Now, I am against it. Don't stop reading, Mr. President. I can explain what changed.
Make America a Great Wall
Terrorism was my biggest push for wanting the wall. Thinking all the things you said about it made sense (Well, if someone else would have said them I might have even spoken up about it. Sorry, I just did not like you back then.), I started to seriously consider your position. During the presidential debate, one insight you offered struck a chord with me.
As far as the wall is concerned, we’re going to build a wall. We’re going to create a border. We’re going to let people in, but they’re going to come in legally. They’re going to come in legally. And it’s something that can be done, and I get questioned about that. They built the Great Wall of China. That’s 13,000 miles. Here, we actually need 1,000 because we have natural barriers. So we need 1,000. 1
Firstly, President Trump, my US pride was gratified when you mentioned that if China could build a 13,000-mile wall, surely we could build a measly 1,000-mile one with all the techno know-how we have! Of course, we can!
USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!
As a Christian, however, I don't want those people, terrorists, to stay in Mexico either. If Mexico is in danger of terrorists, so is the US.
No longer was the focus on terrorism with me about the wall. It was about USA's ability to do it. Of course, better being able to deter the entrance of terrorist still helped me support the wall ideal.
Secondly, the support for terrorism wormed its way back into the equation to mask my desire about doing something that China did, that did not work for them but would work for the US! The Great Wall of China is decoration now and was practically the same then as a defense. People still penetrated the thing for centuries! Not for the USA, though, right?
There was a report that terrorists enter the US through Mexico along with others trying to get through to freedom and safety--even this about the Caravan travelers. This could have been fake news. I know how much you hate that. A terrorist would still get in if there were a wall, I bet, but it would at least prove more difficult. Why should we make it easy to blow us up without the wall?
That terrorist thing was below the conscious reasoning for my support of that barrier since I wanted to best China, that's another issue. Not for nothing, President, I have nothing against Mexico. That same news report that I remember suggested that the internal conflict in that nation is such that it cannot protect its borders, let along support the US in keeping terrorists from getting through their version of customs. The physical deterrent you paled around with made sense as a safeguard to keep the dangerous people in Mexico.
If Mexico is in danger of terrorists, so is the US. We share the same border. If our neighbor below (Now, this is stretching reality here a bit) is overrun with terrorists trying to get in, then Mexico becomes a breeding ground for terrorist!
Collaboration is the Best Wall
As a person of faith and a practitioner of the brotherhood of humanity, I don't want those people, terrorists, to stay in Mexico either. I know your chief concern is the protection of the US. That is the oath that you made and the pledge that I make before the flag and under God.
If Mexico is in danger of terrorists, so is the US. We share the same border. If our neighbor below (Now, this is stretching reality here a bit) is overrun with terrorists trying to get in, then Mexico becomes a breeding ground for terrorist! That would not help keep America safe. Cells would build up in the country until they amass an army of people trying to get in. The teaching of Jesus Christ to love our neighbor makes Mexico's problems our problems to a degree also. Seriously, their problems are US problems because their citizens flee their homeland because of what is going on there now. How would a wall change that?
Drug pushers can get into the US, so can a terrorist. For the love of freedom, Mexicans are leaving Mexico to come here for safety and prosperity! A physical wall around the US will not keep out the terrorist. It will keep out the regular people who want to sneak in, which is fine. I support lawful entry into the country. Mexico itself has restrictions on how foreigners can enter. Most countries have governing laws for legal entry.
Mexico and the US of A have trade agreements that connect us in ways that a wall cannot protect the borders against without changing foreign policy. In order to begin using the wall, if build, to its fullest measure requires the US to stop association with Mexico. Present Trump, I don't see that as a viable option. Having Mexico pay for the wall does not seem to be a unifying move either.
I like having an ally to the south and to the north. That is wall enough! The fact that Mexico is still a developing nation when the English-speaking nations to the north of them are economic bastions of stability (regardless of what the market does) creates enough friction without putting up a wall to put an exclamation point at the end fo a terribly exclusive sentiment of disdain.
Paining to think on, what if the Mexican government decided to let terrorist through in spite because of the cultural and political issues? Logic does not support that, but I want to suggest some possibilities, Mr. President.
Hopes and Pleas
You, just like me, President Trump, are no politician. Appealing to the every-man sentiment that you inspire among many people, are you doing this because you made the promise on your campaign? If so, I forgive you. Drop this so that the nation can focus on the good that you have contributed.
The reason why I declined to support you before centered around your big personality. Because of the careless word choices you've made in the past, it is difficult to see the promises you have fulfilled. Congress holds the purse strings for funding the wall, which it has stated will not occur.
Yes, I know you have options. Because you are not a traditional politician, you are willing to use them. Much respect for that. Congress does not need even to be involved. As one of the people you represent, I appeal to you to consider something else besides a wall. It did not work for China. Ultimately, it will not work for us, not because it is your plan, but because we are too important to the world as a nation start an isolation venture. What type of future does the wall create for America?
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