So, the Democrats refuse to vote for “Trump’s wall.”  Caravans didn’t change that.  A break before Congress reconvened didn’t change that.  A meeting between congressional leaders and President Trump on Wednesday didn’t change it.  More violent and heartbreaking deaths caused by criminals here illegally didn't change it, either.  Democrats say their opposition is because a wall is expensive (I’ll pause for your helpless, uncontrollable laughter), but we all know that’s not really why they’re fighting it.  The Democrats have never cared how much anything cost.
A $5 billion price tag is nothing to them.  A $25 billion price tag, which is much more appropriate for this project than the relatively small amount they’re bickering over, is chickenfeed.  Unless it’s got the name “Trump” attached, the price of anything has to go a lot higher than that before Democrats will balk.  Why, you’d have to add at least a couple more zeroes for them to think about it at all, and even then they might not care, depending on how “progressive” the project is.  Recall how thrilled the Democratic Congress was to spend an estimated $1 trillion for Obamacare, even though that figure could be kept from going higher only by creative accounting and, because of the ridiculously high deductibles, would only buy the symbolism of “coverage” for all.  No, the reason they don’t want this is because it’s Trump’s (meaning a political win for him), and because they’ve decided to have a big problem with the word “wall.”
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But they’re wrong on both counts.  First of all, it’s not Trump’s wall --- it’s ours, America’s, and we can’t possibly have a secure border without a physical barrier, at least along certain stretches.  (Some parts of the border, because of terrain and other challenges, will require different and more technological forms of security, as well as more manpower.)  Democrats confess to be “for border security,” but that’s just one of their focus-grouped talking points, the kind of by-rote blah-blah-blah that generally goes unchallenged in the media unless someone like Stephen Miller is in the room.  Their claim to be in favor of border security is a joke; we all know they’re not seriously concerned about that, or we wouldn’t have sanctuary cities.  Trump is certainly not the first one to call for a wall or to support building one (including many Democrats who now say it “undermines our values” but who voted for it before as part of an older immigration bill), but he’s the first president to actually endeavor to get it done.  Unlike most politicians, he works to keep his promises.

Second, we’re playing word games here.  Democrats just love to fight over language, don’t they?  If they don’t like calling it a “wall,” which admittedly can evoke images of stone-cold, solid gray concrete that seals out out future Democratic voters –- I mean, aspirants to the American Dream, plus gang bangers and possible terrorists --- there are plenty of other words we could use.  And everyone knows that most of the “wall” wouldn’t be a solid wall at all, but a rather cool-looking yet highly impermeable structure made of tall steel slats.  The only thing set in concrete here is the Democrats’ opposition, because their idea of “negotiation” and "compromise" is when Republicans capitulate to them and they get exactly what they want.  Trump absolutely MUST NOT give in.  He needs an uncrossable line on this issue just as surely as we need one at the border.

Let’s stop playing semantic games.  If Democrats don’t like the word “wall,” there are numerous options.  Since they’re so big on “choice” (at least in one area of life), here’s a long list of choices for them to consider:
barrier
barricade
structural border protection
physical deterrent
perimeter safeguard
vertical obstruction
architectural obstacle
fortified periphery
structural defense
structural impediment
reinforced bulwark
fortification system
secure structure
border demarcation
border delineation
rampart
man-made embankment
border crossing hindrance
border crossing prevention
border partition
perimeter defense configuration
access restriction
trespass inhibitor
structural shield
border blockade
secure stronghold
illegal crossing circumvention
physical security measure
impermeable fabrication
national security buffer
unbreachable physical boundary
bastion
secure fence (as in the Secure Fences Act, which Democrats supported)
So, pick one.  Any one of these would do, and I’d be willing to bet that in bureaucratic government-speak there are many more.  All together now, “BUILD…..THE…..PERIMETER DEFENSE CONFIGURATION!”

Hey, we could just abbreviate it to “PDC.”

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  • Nancy E Pordon

    01/04/2019 06:54 PM

    This is spot- on. You hammered it in very well. God bless you real good!
    Love and prayers,
    Nancy

  • Mary Jo Wilson

    01/04/2019 05:59 PM

    Governor, I couldn't agree with you more. How do we, the citizens of this country that still have functioning brain matter, make the security of our nation any better as long as these Trump haters have control of the House of Representatives? What can we do? What are our options? I pray...a lot.

  • Tony Staton

    01/04/2019 05:25 PM

    Any chance we could use confiscated drug money to build the wall responsible Americans all want?

  • Wiley Brooks

    01/04/2019 02:59 PM

    I was a forward air controller during the Vietnam War. The mission my compatriots and I were to interdict the movement of supplies and troops from N. Vietnam through the jungles of Laos into S. Vietnam. We used technology which had never before been used in warfare. We learned one hell of a lot about the effectiveness of technology in interdicting human and vehicular traffic. If there's one thing we learned that must be accepted is that technology is only another aid. You cannot block or stop human traffic with sensors and visual aids. A wall, or whatever else you prefer to call it, remains the most effective aid. It's primary function will be deterrence.

  • rodney Burke

    01/04/2019 02:59 PM

    You are right, dems can't afford to have a DJT victory. Scares them half to death. And they don't WANT anything relating to security, They hate the American people, that is no longer in question. So it's time for us to treat them like the traitors and haters they are. Joe McCarthy was right, man was he EVER!

  • Judith L. Radley

    01/04/2019 02:56 PM

    I bet if you named it after Pelosi or Obama, they'd go for it, like Obama's Monument or Pelosi's Structural Monument, or like the Kennedy Compound or Clinton Foundation stuff, how about Democratic American Bridge to No Where? Or better yet, the Impeachment Wall? President Trump could say....he'll resign if they give him the whole amount to build the wall, then he could 'change his mind' and not leave until his term or hopefully, terms are up? But we don't lower ourselves to the Democrats level ever! We have more respect for ourselves and others than the Democrats ever will! They love to play the political partisan game. How about the Climate Change Partition? The climate changes in America by criminals crossing over into our sovereign country? Or may be The Obstacle Course Concrete Barricade? Isn't there concrete barricades all around the Capitol Building to keep the Congressmen and women safe? President Trump should tell them that if no wall funding, then the concrete barriers come down around the capitol building and no more secret service protection for members of Congress, as that would free up money for the wall funding. And better yet, get rid of the specialized healthcare coverage for Federal and State workers, and they all will have to get the Obama care coverage they all voted for. That would save millions and billions of dollars to use for the Security Border Patrol for America's southern border.

  • Lauri Norris

    01/04/2019 02:40 PM

    Always the voice of reason Mike! Thank you. I wonder if President Trump reads your commentaries. We KNOW the left doesn’t, sadly. There is no reasoning in their lives, only FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! I pray Trump doesn’t back down!

  • Margaret e Chaney

    01/04/2019 02:30 PM

    Oh my gosh! Don’t want to swear! I’m disgusted with this whole system. What has happened to logic? Don’t answer that ! I know what’s happened. I’m a Christian. I understand about the good vs evil. We’re living in a battle! We have a great system designed and built by some exceptional men who honored our creator. Those today don’t ! This is what we end up with. I can pray! That’s my answer. But, I do get angry! It’s hard to watch ! Congress is a mess and they are crooked and rich and they’re hand is in the pockets of the American people. Now that I have just blabbered away for what. I really admire you and others who still have a platform. But, it’s preaching to the choir. Have a great day!

  • Wiley Brooks

    01/04/2019 01:59 PM

    Ya right. If I could speak to Nancy I would say: Hey Nancy, stop calling it Trump's wall. It's the peoples wall. The good folks of America want to stop all the undesirables and associated criminal activities from entering our country.

  • Steve Evans

    01/04/2019 01:43 PM

    I’m with you Mike and every day I send the White House email encouragement to stay strong and stand up to these Democrat hoodlums!
    Thanks for what you do!

    Steve & Cheryl Evans

  • William Outland

    01/04/2019 01:35 PM

    I really don't care what you call it. Let the Dems. pick it. Maybe we should call it a "Pelosi". Maybe she'll app-reciate the honor and support it. I just hope patriotic Americans will see the Democrat obstruction for what it is. These people coming up to the southern, for the most part, will not benefit our country, even though most may be honest hard workers. They cost us an enormous amount of money in health care, education, welfare, etc. I feel for them but I love my country, but I don't want what they're doing to it. BUILD THE PELOSI!

  • Vivian Bulger

    01/04/2019 12:53 PM

    Please save our Country

  • Gene

    01/04/2019 12:39 PM

    Why can't Republicans be more feisty and saavy. Trump and Republicans backing the wall should say to DACA eligible recipients and the Latino community that this is their chance and they need to demand from and put pressure on the Democrats to accept a deal for DACA recipients. Trump has offered it in return for the wall so why not turn them on the Democrats to work out a deal?

  • Gerry Matheson

    01/04/2019 11:24 AM

    I like "fortified perimeter"!

  • DIANE WILKE

    01/04/2019 10:06 AM

    GREAT ARTICLE! THANKS!

  • KAREN RUSSELL

    01/04/2019 10:03 AM

    STAND FIRM MR PRESIDENT! BUILD THE WALL!

  • David Mack

    01/04/2019 08:00 AM

    The Dems are giving a way out. They are saying border security. Get an additional five billion for border security, open the government, and use the money to build the wall. Done and done. Who cares how it happens as long as it happens.

  • Candi Honey Ramer

    01/04/2019 02:37 AM

    Thank you for always articulating so clearly, our frustrations over all things DNC/the Wall/ Trump hysteria (or whatever they call it) all the while managing to maintain your sense of humor. Perhaps that's the biggest challenge for most of us these days.
    Keep it up. You might have a career here. ??

  • Carol Mathews

    01/04/2019 02:11 AM

    AMEN Trump should make a TV appearance with the border people, Nancy and Chuck. They should discuss on TV before the world what is happening and how it can be prevented. Embarrass them with the facts and the President should also confront them and say to them loud and clear, you really do not care for the American people, your only goal is to vote against me personally. Their only plan is to "try" to defeat the President with their clash of personalities and America pays the price.

  • Roy Edward Martin

    01/04/2019 12:33 AM

    DEMS want technology which would involve many personnel. Personnel cost is always highest part of anything, especially over time. A wall is more effective and costs a lot less over time. DEMS just want the votes, proven by their fugitive cities AND fugitive States.

  • Mary Takami

    01/03/2019 11:41 PM

    Please, Mr. President, don't back down on the wall. We voted for you and your promise to build the wall.

  • Barbara Alpine

    01/03/2019 10:26 PM

    Love your straight talk and commom sense. P. S., your daughter, Sarah, is amazing!!

  • Doug Moon

    01/03/2019 10:22 PM

    While I am in agreement with your overall talking points in regards to "Trump's Wall"-- yes it is America's wall, and yes, call it anything you want, just build the blessed thing-- I have to take exception with one of your proposed alternate labels: "impermeable fabrication" sounds too much like a conservative term for anything spoken by someone from the left. That is just going to confuse them! Or was that the idea...?

  • Doug Moon

    01/03/2019 10:19 PM

    While I am in agreement with your overall talking points in regards to "Trump's Wall"-- yes it is America's wall, and yes, call it anything you want, just build the blessed thing-- I have to take exception with one of your proposed alternate labels: "impermeable fabrication" sounds too much like a conservative term for anything spoken by someone from the left. That is just going to confuse them! Or was that the idea...?

  • Teresa D Baugus

    01/03/2019 10:03 PM

    If they are SOOOO sure the "Wall" will Not work, why not allow the "wall" to get built and watch to see if it deters/ cuts out the majority of illegal immigration. If it does not work, Trump will get blamed and they won't have to pad the ballot boxes in 2020. They are afraid it will help and that is why they fight it. Put up or shut up, Democrats!!!