Thanks so much for all the great responses to “Trump’s Wall: So don’t call it Trump’s, and don’t call it a wall.” My readers are obviously just as sick as I am of the semantic games being played by our duplicitous political class. (And, yes, to answer one letter writer, I was very much aware of the alternate meaning of the bureaucratic doublespeak term “impenetrable fabrication”; we hear those every day in DC and will continue to hear many more, especially during the next couple of years.)
Many of you had recommendations for Trump, some of which he has tried, with certain mid-level courts stopping him by repeatedly overstepping their bounds and keeping his constitutional powers in highly unconstitutional check. (It’s amazing how Trump’s opponents manage to find new and creative ways to keep him from simply doing his job as President.) Coming as our President did from a background in real estate and construction, he likely never dreamed it would be so hard to construct a doggone wall. You have a problem, you need a wall, you build it, right? You get it designed, you get the money (a pittance when compared with the staggering federal budget), and you just build it.
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The suggestion that Trump make an Oval Office address explaining exactly what is going on politically with the “wall” issue and making the case –- including the fiscal argument –- for real border security is a good one. It’s such a strong case, too, just waiting to be made in one fantastic speech! I would think that at this point he might have had enough of Schumer, Pelosi and the rest of those who have formed their own version of a “wall” (against him) and that he’d be putting his address together right now.
But one reader’s letter in particular caught my interest, coming as it does from someone who has “been there” and knows the issue of border security from his days at the line between North and South Vietnam. No, we’re not at war, and we wouldn’t be dropping bombs or using other violent military means to stop it, but at the same time this is an invasion of sorts, having escalated into “caravans” of (mostly) brash young men, including criminals, trying to cross into our country with impunity. And the situation is likely to worsen. So it’s valuable to hear from a firsthand observer about how to stop the influx.
Bill says that even with high-level technology –- including today’s, which, of course, is much more advanced than it was in Vietnam days –- a wall is necessary. Without that essential physical barrier and important changes in policy, the only thing that will be “captured” is the digital image of them as they cross the border and disappear into the terrain.
What I like about this letter is that it reflects a no-nonsense look at the problem we face. There’s not any politics here, just a calm, reasoned assessment, an honest opinion about what it’s going to take to SOLVE THE PROBLEM. That foundation in reality is so missing in Washington DC. If only there were a way to send Bill there as a top adviser. Thanks again, Bill!
Here’s his letter, with very slight editing just for clarification...
From William R:
During the Vietnam War, our esteemed leaders decided to install an electronic fence around the North Vietnam border to stop the to stop the flow of military supplies and troops from coming down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into South Vietnam. Yes, technology will stop them, [our leaders said], just like the Democrats are trying to convince us that drones, cameras and sensors will stop the people from crossing our southern border.
[But] As a Forward Air Controller during this period, I watched hundreds of trucks passing through this electronic fence and directed hundreds of air strikes on these trucks. We did our best to stop them with air power and destroyed many of them, but, sadly many still got through as our leaders did not commit adequate resources to do the job. Yes, we can install all kinds of technology on our border, but without adequate walls, it will require deploying thousands of troops or thousands more border control agents or all this technology will accomplish is to allow us to watch thousands of people cross over into our country.
I believe that a wall or adequate fencing with monitoring cameras, sensing equipment and a rapid response force can secure our border. Then we need to fix our laws, stop employers from hiring undocumented laborers and, rather than providing welfare, we provide deportation. Plus, I'm not holding my breath to see any of this happen until the lazy unconcerned majority of registered voters decide to get involved and get to the polls on election day. Sincerely, Major Bill
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