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U.S. Mexico Border Problem Solution
Presidential Candidates, Listen to This!
The people of the United States will be choosing a new President who will take the reigns of government and hopefully guide America towards solutions of the future. One of the lingering problems facing our country seems to be border security. In particular our southern border with Mexico appears to be quite porous despite time and efforts to improve security and safety.
We already have around 600 miles of fencing but that has not insured border security. Fences crumble and need replacing. Tunnels can be dug under fencing which has often been discovered to our dismay.
Inventor and businessman Thomas A. Edison achieved getting 1,093 patents in his lifetime some of which include the incandescent light bulb, movie camera, phonograph and even electric power distribution. A quote attributed to him is the following:
"I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it."— Thomas Edison
We need the brainpower of people like Thomas Edison or even Walt Disney to meet the demands of problem solving today!
"If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse."— Walt Disney
I had a dream last night about how to solve our border security problem.
The Mexico and U.S. border is reputedly the world's busiest border and contains some 1,954 miles of International boundary between the two countries. The 4 states bordering Mexico are Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
Texas is by far the largest state and much of its border is already defined by the Rio Grande River which courses from El Paso to Brownsville. Of the 1,954 miles of International Boundary, 1,254 of that is in Texas! So with the river in place, we only have another 700 miles with which to be concerned.
My dream was undoubtedly sparked by something viewed on television last night and it had to do with alligators.
Alligators for Defense!
Alligators are certainly scary looking creatures and believe it or not have supposedly been around for some 37 million years so obviously they are very adaptive. According to Wikipedia their average weight can vary from 790 up to 990 pounds and when fully grown their length is from 13.1 to 14 feet. That is a lot of beastly animal to be kept sated with food!
They eat smaller animals often in one giant bite of their powerful jaws but when confronted with larger prey their method of operation is slightly different. They grab onto the prey and twist and turn carrying the prey underwater to initially drown it. Then they can leisurely feast upon the rotting corpse.
If people feed alligators they lose their natural fear and can become a greater danger and threat.
Alligators can live in brackish as well as fresh water. They are long lived animals.
Alligators for Defense!
What do you think of using alligators for border security?
When President John F. Kennedy spoke to the American people and inspired us to achieve getting man to land on the moon and return safely to earth...we got it done!
Astronaut Neil Armstrong was the 1st person to set foot on the moon and the date was July 20, 1969. He was followed by astronaut Buzz Aldrin. I watched that moon landing as it was televised live that many years ago when visiting friends in Florida.
The sense of pride and accomplishment was great. It just proves that when we set our minds to accomplishing a goal and are inspired to do so, much can be achieved.
Proposal for Homeland Security
The idea of using moats or rivers to surround castles or towns for defensive purposes as was done in Rothenburg, Germany among many other places is an old one but could be expanded upon to include a country like the United States and Mexico.
As already pointed out, there is only about 700 or so arid miles to be concerned with and there are some water sources in those states of New Mexico, Arizona and California which could be drawn upon to achieve dredging out a moat between those states and Mexico.
If we can put a man on the moon, we can build a moat! Make it a big one and pack it with alligators that have been fed by people and which no longer fear people. That should keep people in their own countries on both sides of the border!
Yuma, Arizona already has water coming down from the Colorado River which was diverted via a dam to the All-American Canal running alongside the border.
In New Mexico there is the Gila River as well as the Colorado River and Rio Grande which could be utilized via aquaducts, reservoirs and dams.
You get the idea!
The border between California and Mexico is very short in comparison to the other 3 states.
Entrepreneurship is alive and well in America. All one has to do is watch the televised Shark Tank each week to understand that salient fact.
Barbara Cocoran, Lori Greiner, Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary are the "tough, self-made multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons" who when discovering an idea they like, they use their own funds to help promote the business or idea.
This quote seems particularly appropriate to what this show espouses:
"It's the independent American spirit that built this country - hard-working entrepreneurs who believe in the reality of their dreams."— Robert E. Hughes
Perhaps they or even people like Bill Gates and innovators like him could be called upon to help fund this idea of building an alligator stocked moat.
Too bad we cannot also have sharks in the moat. Sharks live in salt water and the moat I am dreaming of would be fresh water and perhaps brackish when meeting the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. So alligators alone will have to save the day!
Whether Democrat, Republican or Independent, I think that we can all pull together and dedicate ourselves to this border security mission.
Donald Trump can chuck his plan of building a wall as it will no longer be needed.
If by chance someone foolishly decides to ford the alligator crammed moat / river and is injured, perhaps Ben Carson with his surgical skills can advise other doctors as to how to handle the situation.
Surely Carly Fiorina with her experience of being CEO of Hewlett Packard could offer suggestions as to how to proceed with this monumental project.
We have these current governors and former governors of states to lend their executive experience to this goal:
- John Kasich, governor of Ohio
- Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey
- Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland
- Jim Gilmore, former governor of Virginia
- Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas
- and Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida.
We also have these senators and former senators to draw upon for their expertise in managing this project:
- Ted Cruz, senator from Texas
- Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont
- Marco Rubio, senator from Florida
- Paul Rand, senator from Kentucky
- and Rick Santorum the former senator from Pennsylvania.
Last but not least is Hillary Clinton the former first lady and also former Secretary of State. Surely she would be willing to set the stage to ultimately achieve this goal much like John F. Kennedy did decades ago and secure her place in history should she become President of the United States.
So people...what do you think?
Here are some quotes and extra food for thought.
"It may be that those who do most, dream most." Stephen Butler Leacock— Stephen Butler Leacock
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."— Eleanor Roosevelt
"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men."— Goethe
Perhaps tomorrow night I can dream about solving another problem plaguing America. I'm happy to be able to do my part for the country I love.
I will try to solve more world problems next. Stay tuned! (Smile)
It is now clear who won the election. Mr. Trump beat out all of the other candidates to become President of the United States. If you like the idea of building a moat instead of a wall perhaps you can forward this to the appropriate politicians in your local, state and federal jurisdictions.
Aesthetically a moat would probably be prettier than a wall.
Just think of the landscaping that could be done to beautify it on both sides of our border. In the more arid areas prickly cactus could be planted. Those sharp spines could also act as a deterrent to people thinking of fording the moat as if the alligators were not enough.
Bamboo could be planted in the more tropical border areas. Thick stands of bamboo would also serve as a more pleasing type of fencing to view adding that extra bit of security. The older a grove of bamboo gets, the thicker and more impenetrable it becomes.
Do you like my U.S. / Mexico border solution?
I had no idea that an actual book had been written on this very subject of my dream. I guess that there are other dreamers out there who like to solve problems like I do when at rest. Getting ready to nod off now!
© 2016 Peggy Woods