Our border debate

January 27, 2019

Are you sometimes confused by what appears to be political games in Washington with Democrats and Republicans blaming the other side for the gridlock that prevents serious solutions to serious issues like health care, national security, and jobs getting addressed?  You might be confused or maybe amused by what appears to be the back and forth between Congress and the President, such as when Nancy Pelosi sent the President a letter and said that because of security concerns, he shouldn’t come to the House chamber for the State of the Union address, and instead should just send the report in writing.  The President followed that up with a letter that canceled Nancy Pelosi’s trip with a group of Democrat Congressmen to Europe and the Middle East on an Air Force plane, saying that with the government shut down, the Speaker should stay in Washington to work to get things back open, which she claimed was her priority. 

As is reliable as a good burp after drinking a Dr. Pepper, the media saw Ms. Pelosi’s action as bold, strategic, and great political hardball.  And equally reliable as a headache after a quick and ample inhaling of a Slurpee, the same media saw the President’s reaction as childish, retaliatory, and petty. 

So were the actions of Pelosi and the President political weapons used to hurt the other side or political tools, designed to break the logjam and make progress.  It all depends on which side of the ship you’re sailing as to whether you see something as a political weapon or a political tool. 


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I hunted deer and Nilgai in South Texas recently with my Weatherby 30.378 rifle which is an incredible firearm.  When I’m hunting, that incredible Weatherby rifle is a tool without which I couldn’t put meat in my freezer.  But to the deer, I’m pretty sure he sees it as a weapon and doesn’t appreciate it that much.  It all depends on which side of the gun you’re on, and what the purpose of the pursuit might be. 

If you think we should have open borders, believe that walls or fences are inherently immoral, and believe that there should be no immigration control, you will view any border structure as a weapon.  If you believe that one of the few and limited reasons a government should exist is to protect its people and defend its borders then you’ll see a wall, fence, or other forms of control as a tool to defend the country and control access. 

But if you do believe that any form of wall or barrier is immoral as Speaker Pelosi has stated, then you should keep your doors unlocked at night and never live behind a wall or gated community as, by the way, Nancy Pelosi herself does.  If indeed walls are immoral, then let’s get rid of the over 600 miles we currently have along our southern border, order the barriers around the US Capitol and the White House removed, as well as around our airports, state capitols, nuclear facilities, prisons and absolutely, the one around Ft. Knox! 


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Frankly, some of the greatest people I’ve ever met are people who have immigrated to America from countries and cultures all over the world.  They came out of love for America and the freedom and opportunities it offered to them and they give back through hard work, raising great families, and contributing to our melting pot of cultures and peoples and ideas.  They came to the door, knocked, waited their turn, and upon entering, made us a better country.  For them, our laws weren’t weapons to hurt them, but tools to empower them to live in freedom and security. 

Our border debate is simple:  Either you think America uses its power as tool to empower people with freedom and safety or you think it’s a weapon of hate and racism and intended to suppress people.  I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.  For that, you’re on your own!

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  • Clara Herrin

    02/10/2019 04:53 AM

    Thank you, Mike, for pointing out the hypocrisy of the border wall controversy. I've been saying exactly the same thing for a long time. If our border wall construction is such a blight on our national reputation, I believe ALL Democrats should eliminate every lock they have installed in their homes, cars, and suitcases. Every security device they have to protect their credit cards, cell phones, Ipads, etc. should be eliminated. Locks on the doors of schools, churches, parks, concert halls, businesses, factories, etc. that they frequent should also be eliminated. In short, anything that resembles a security device should be outlawed. They should not complain if anyone simply walks into their home and helps themselves to the food, sleeps in their beds, gets a little to friendly with their wives/daughters or sons, as the case may be. There should be no outcry from them if they wake up in the morning and discover their backyards have been turned into a tent city. They should hand over their entire bank account to support the interlopers' every desire. There should be an attitude of helpfulness in cleaning up after these people...even to the point of cheerfully accommodating them in their every wish. What do you think the chances are of this ever happening on the private level?

    However...if my suggestion sounds too extreme, even to the point of being ridiculous to them (the Democrats, that is) then I think they should keep their opinions to themselves and start acting like Americans who love their country and who work to Make America Great Again. Common sense dictates we should do everything in our power to protect our homes, schools, churches, etc. (refer to the above listed items). Oh...sorry. Democrats are against common sense.

  • Thomas Hodgson

    01/28/2019 03:13 PM

    bring all immigrants to Nancy & Chucks house before making them apply for citizenship. Remove the gate and wall around their homes. Use the money from the congress representatives retirement to pay for a barricade around our country, They took money from Social Security without the permission of those the put the money into Social Security. They all should be arrested for allowing this to happen. Check their bank accounts & see if they received any monies from lobbyists, if they did they should be put in prison for a long time maybe tried for treason. Can't figure out why someone would run for an office that pays $175,000.00 per year and spend millions to obtain that position. (smells bad). More to come at a latter time. The media also smells bad. If Facebook or Google is censored watch out.

  • ROBERT MCFATE

    01/28/2019 01:27 PM

    Can't remember who it was but on Fox last night someone made a great point that might concern wall funding. In Obummer's last year as president he was able to find 300 billion in discretionary funds to shift around to finance some of his pet projects. Just maybe Trump is on course to figure out how to do just that without congress!

  • Robert Burrell

    01/28/2019 07:30 AM

    What a mess in DC , how can so many people take a oath and forget it in 2 seconds . What if our military, police and first responders acted the way our politicians do ? The FBI , well lets just say 17 fully armed FBI agents to pull a predawn invasion to arrest a 66 year old unarmed most likely innocent man , why ? What kind of leadership do we have there ? Is the leadership any better now than when Commey was there . We have the first President in many years that cares about America and he gets so little support . Our border problems didn't just start but we now have a President that will fix it with some help . If our congress and senate do not work to fix it , is that not a dereliction of duty and promoting illegal actives ? Why do we reward people to brake our laws by evading our country illegally . Why are then not punished ? That 9 th circuit judge should be in jail for aiding criminal activity . Hilliary and the lot committed perjury with all he statements " I don't recall " she can't remember any thing but want to be president ! The Amount we spend for illegals would more that pay for a border way , take away there money to pay for it . I think the best way would be the one with the large pipe on top , no place to catch a grafting hook . Thank you Governor and Sarah for the tough job she is doing , lots of respect for both of you , God Bless

  • Dixie Johnston

    01/28/2019 03:08 AM

    We should stand up too Congress, the American working go with out pay. Why doesn't Congress loose their pay. Congress don't work 40 hours a week. Most have money too waste. What is your thought.? Mr. Trump should seek attorneys too see if it's possible. Congress thinks their above the law, they look out for them self, an don't protect the American people. We the people should vote if Congress get pay increases, not them.
    Thanks for your GODLY voice.

  • Dawn Street

    01/28/2019 12:15 AM

    America uses its power as a tool to empower people with freedom and safety and that is the way I see things. I am 73 years old and my family has a history of service to our nation. I was raised in Texas and I have seen first hand the damage done to the infrastructure of my beloved state. No respect for our laws, will not learn our language, do not assimilate, bring in gangs... Need I go on?

    No insurance so they use our ER services or if the hospital has funds for indigent care, those are drained. I saw them dropped at the ER door after MVAs in Mexico and having been in ICUs there. The family pretty much dumped them at the doors with their IVs still attached even after having been told to leave the patient in the care of the Mexican hospital. Ever try communicating through a 5 year old child who does speak English but acts as interpreter for the parent or grandparent?

    Schools have to hire special teachers and have materials printed in other languages depending on the country they are from. Try substitute teaching in one of those classes. Some of the churches have started offering classes in English as a second language if they will accept the instructions.

    They should not be given the vote if they cannot speak our language and do not have the knowledge to make informed decisions. If they require assistance in the voting booth, it should be someone neutral, as in allow a Conservative to assist the DemonRat and a Liberal to assist for Republican.

    Yeah, I am sort of fed up with this back and forth. I have just seen so much abuse of the systems along the border!!

  • Larry w Jones

    01/27/2019 11:28 PM

    Any insight as to why so many hate President Trump who apparently didn't before his election? They don't pretend to make decisions based on what is best for our country rather based on opposing whatever Trump is for.

  • S. Sorrell

    01/27/2019 09:41 PM

    Your paragraph so eloquently describes how I envision an immigrant coming to our land. We have definitely been enriched by earnest, hard working contributors through their talents to make a home here and become good citizens. Thank you for saying it so well.

  • Kathie Storey

    01/27/2019 07:54 PM

    Finish and strengthen walls,Please Mr.President and thank you Gov.Huckebee

  • Gail Thomas

    01/27/2019 07:33 PM

    Couldn't be stated more clearly! Thank you Mike Huckabee!

  • Joseph Arena

    01/27/2019 07:15 PM

    The only reason for the Democrat’s opposition to a wall is to stop Trump from completing a campaign promise. That being said I believe the reason we do not have a wall now is because of the disunity of the Republicans. There has always been an excuse. During the Obama years it was “we can’t do anything because the Dems control the House, the Senate and the White House. Then is was we have the Senate but. Then we had all of Congress but we do not have the White House. Then the GOP gained all of Congress and the White House and still could not get a wall or a repeal of Obama Care. Explain why I still should support the GOP and not just give up. Fighting on the losing side even when we have all the ammunition is tiring and depressing.

  • Amelia Little

    01/27/2019 04:45 PM

    Weatherby 30.378 must be nice to be able to afford an expensive rifle as this one is.....1800 to 2400

  • Amelia Little

    01/27/2019 04:00 PM

    The media is ignoring the hypocrisy of pelosi--gee, think of the people required for security for the SOTU address, and the cost, and there won't be enough to cover the cost. I know!!! How about, instead, spend a good deal more on a military jet AND security to let democrats go on a junket (at tax payer expense.) There are so many things wrong with her thinking, but let's start with the fact that security for the SOTU address had already been taken care of, and that it costs more than the security costs for them to fly off somewhere, and the biggie--yes, if they were really concerned with America, the safety of the Citizens and the cost of the shutdown, they would be in Washington working to negotiate. And, perhaps some should look up the word negotiate--it does NOT mean that that those with opposing views HAVE to give in to their demands. Well, maybe some have looked up the definition and would rather be off somewhere instead of negotiating. They aren't used to Republicans to stand firm against their strong arm tactics--there are many times when conservatives would have already capitulated. Thank goodness for President Trump who can be an example to Republicans to do the right thing.