January 3, 2019

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:
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
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
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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  • Ann Isom

    01/30/2019 11:41 AM

    Yes to the "PDC" and for ALL who consider a wall "immoral," we should pass a law making them tear down their security walls surrounding their properties. The level of hypocrisy is just beyond belief.

  • Mary Graves

    01/30/2019 04:05 AM



    01/25/2019 02:48 PM

    yes we need that border wall i live in deming new mexico in luna county 35 miles from the mexico border.the luna county sheriffs department ,deming police and others are so much involved with the mexican cartels with the drugs ,guns and more .these people want to have me arrested and killed

  • Barbara Jackson

    01/21/2019 09:32 AM

    Fantastic column. We all know it’s not about the wall. It’s all about Trump. They won’t give him a win even if it means more Americans will die at the hands of the illegals.

  • Sharon Decker

    01/14/2019 11:55 AM

    This wall belongs to the people of the USA!!!!! BUILD THE WALL. I feel the cronies of the Democrat Party should be held for TREASON. Why are they not??? In GOD we Trust. AMEN

  • Brian Janis

    01/12/2019 01:33 PM

    propose to upchuck and pra-n-ancy : Name each section for all murdered by IL-legals! in alphabetical order so DHS can use it constructively. Kate Steinle section, Officer Singh section etc.. 15,000 a year is a farce/ drop in the bucket, we are getting closer to 2,million immigrants in a year, that is also unsustainable ( we will need all available land if this continues soon -even the area in pelosi's and all the eleatist's Yards to house this invasion) and making us one Huuuuuge S- HOLE. my commute has more than doubled every 10 year living in San diego.
    CNN tried! to get negative! coverage from a local KUSI station, KUSI provided facts that proved Walls worked here, cnn did not use it.

  • Karla H

    01/10/2019 02:54 PM

    I want the wall built!!! I would be willing to pay a small fee for it. If everyone paid a small fee, there would be more than enough money for it.

  • Ronald B Barton

    01/09/2019 12:57 PM


  • Mark Seibert

    01/09/2019 12:54 PM

    Hi Mike,

    I have more thoughts after my last comment to you. Using the push for the E.L.C.H.A.P.O. bill, could that be cover for getting the military to start building the wall unnoticed? At least by the media?

    It was terrible that the children died from the caravan and also terrible that the Democrats tried to blame I.C.E or border patrol for the deaths. I heard that a child arrive with a 105.7 degree temperature. That's not the fault of the border patrol. That's the fault of the Democrats lawless policies that encourage people and children to risk very dangerous jurneys. We need to change the entire narrative and put this all on the Democrats for refusing to change immigration laws. By they way, Trump should negotiate for everything he wants for changing the immigration laws in return for supposedly not getting his wall. No more money to illegals. All people here must come legally. But make a just and fair process and be fair to Dreamers. I'm good with that. But blame all our immigration problems on the Federal Governments lawless ways that the Democrats still want. Open borders, etc. We have to tell the American people that it's this illegality that the Democrats are pushing that is killing children. If the caravan had been able to apply at the US Embassy in their own countries, then children would not have come illegally and unsafely to the border and died. I remember when President Obama told people to send their children to America and they would be taken care of, I read that children came with illegal people smugglers, and some children died. I don't blame any poor person for wanting to come to America in order to better their lives. I would do the same thing. But I blame the Democrats for being so reckless and lawless that they put the immigrants in such peril and that the children have died. This should be a vocal and public message for why we need full immigration reform. But with a lawful method to bring people here, and not open borders. Maybe the President can, while in negotiations, use this threat of publicly blaming the Democrats for endangering these children who died by their lawless policies unless they agree to a legal method of immigration and agreeing to outlaw welfare and other benefits being given to illegals. If the President is presenting that he might be willing to not get the wall (but with a secret plan to still get it) he should go for the jugular on every other issue he wants and see if he can get it.

    I don't think you should publish my comments if you like any of them. Just get them to the President so he can secretly put some of this into action.


  • Rick Augustine

    01/09/2019 10:30 AM

    You are on target. This verbiage issued by Democratic Congress folks has been going on for years. This one reason there are so many of them caught saying one thing only later to say the opposite. Two faced!
    Now I don’t like the shutdown but I like the alternative less.
    If Republicans hold their ground maybe there won’t be any Flakes. Second once things move forward I recommend the President on share border successes.

  • Kenneth W. Hendren

    01/09/2019 09:52 AM

    This PDC should have been built 50 years ago, when the price of steel was a lot lower than it is now.
    I saw Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer lieing about it and President Trump last night on National Television.
    They seemed like an “evil pair” & Speaker Pelosi - looked like she was lost and Sen. Schumer didn’t have that nasty frown on his face that he usually does when he’s looking at President Trump, or listening to him speak.

  • Amy Jo Roland

    01/09/2019 06:05 AM

    Am I missing something? If the price of this structure is too high, and the immorality of it a concern, why is it illegal, and how are we good to pay for the damages and complications that accompany this massive invitation?? Of course the answer to this challenge - is Jesus. May the tangle between the conservatives and the liberals result in Christians PRAYING and PRAISING our Daddy Father, our Brother Jesus and our Sweet Holy Spirit - while we are trusting GOD to work it ALL for GOOD for those who are called according to HIS PURPOSE - that HE will be glorified. AND may we Bible Christians, find the happiness in that "In quiet and confidence is our strength."
    Once Concervatives begin to TRUST and PRAISE the Lord, even - especially in troublesome predicaments, we will calm down, step back, and let God be known.
    Praising Him in and through this precious opportunity for the lost to see us in our/HIS QUIET, CONFIDENCE and STRENGTH.
    Won't it be fun if/when we see the miracle of President Trump grasping THIS ANSWER - for GOD and the multitudes rather than himself.
    Yay! No more fighting, no more violent and foolish words from our mouths - and only speaking what is pure, lovely and of good report.
    We are gonna have us some FUN if/when this day arrives! May GOD bless President Trump to be not so much "presidential" - rather a humbled, quieted, confident, strong leader for HIS glory. What better personality change could grip the world for Jesus? Are we about to have us some FUN?! PRAISING REGARDLESS.????

  • H. Vernon Brady

    01/08/2019 06:02 PM

    Great comments. Build the barrier.

  • Kevin Schwinkendorf

    01/08/2019 05:58 PM

    The Wall, which is a part of overall border security and enforcement, is nothing less than a wooden stake into the heart of the Democrat Party, and they know it! Until we have 100% photo voter-ID systems in place for all federal elections, NOBODY is going to convince me that it wasn't illegal aliens that put Clinton over the top in the "popular vote" in the 2016 election. Faced with the fact that real Americans (i.e., CITIZENS) are voting more and more for conservative candidates, their only chance at survival is to import a new underclass (a New Lumpenproletariat) that they can convince (through "Free Stuff") to vote Democrat. This is a betrayal of the American People (you know, the People that actually make this country work), and I call it TREASON!!!

  • Therese Ward

    01/06/2019 01:41 PM

    They say a wall “undermines” their values! Democrats have Values????? Scandal after scandal, yes, but values?

  • Roger Russell

    01/06/2019 12:01 PM

    So, Ocommunist-Cortez wants to debate with Scalise over a 70% tax on the wealthy, she now makes $174,000 annually for the rest of her life. She is now wealthy. I challenge her to give 70% of het new found income to charity. She will proving she is a communist, not a socialist

  • Mary McCauley

    01/05/2019 08:31 PM

    Regarding the term the wall. Call it a piece of Art--hire a designer-artist, better have a competition for the best design. Throw a big party and sell expensive tickets to this exclusive event, invite the very rich to this exclusive party to show the design of Mur Americain (things sound better in French), charge for refreshments $$$ and sell an expensive small take-home sculpture of the of the Wall. Better be an American Patriot and donate to Brian Kolfagge's Go fund me campaign "We The People Will Build The Wall".

  • Myrtle K. Linder

    01/05/2019 08:11 PM

    What would we call this wall, if not Trump's wall", our late president, Obama, already has a wall around his property, he can't have two walls. I say call it Trumps' wall BUT THEN, I am not, have never been, a Democrat and never shall be, with GOD'S blessings!!!

  • Winora Kunselman

    01/05/2019 03:02 PM


  • Richard A Currier

    01/05/2019 01:18 PM

    Build our secure border barrier. Call it what you will. It's a blockade to keep illegal people from crossing into our nation. We must remain a sovereign nation. We can not accept every body that's wants to come in. We can not afford what it cost to support these people. We need to incorporate good honest educated people that can work immediately and help our nation with technical skills in medicine and technology. This only makes sense. Get rid of and start prosecuting these terrorist Government officials who swear to uphold the Constitution and safety of our nation and then allow sanctuary for these illegal invaders. Quit playing politics with the American peoples safety. Fund The Wall.

  • Douglas Morgan

    01/05/2019 01:09 PM

    Trump should have included the IRS in the shutdown. I notice I still have to pay my taxes to be used by the leftists to fund more give-aways and illegals. What if all conservatives quit paying taxes until the wall is funded?????

  • Mary Pendleton

    01/05/2019 11:13 AM

    Yes we, as American citizens, need the WALL (or what they want to call it) to protect ourselves from illegal aliens. We don't need drones or any of the so called proposal that the democrats want. I hope President Trump will stand firm, even though the shutdown will hurt a lot of people. But, if all else fails and the democrats don't come to an agreement, then declare a national emergency and build the wall anyway.

  • Steven Hollinger

    01/05/2019 09:06 AM

    Yes for the PDC!!!

  • Daniel Wright

    01/05/2019 08:00 AM

    Mike I personally believe that the president should not back down here. Call a state of emergency, bring the National Guard in and have the army Corp of engineers get it done. The time for dealing with congress is over.

  • Ame Arlt

    01/04/2019 10:31 PM

    Fabulous! Spot on! Love all of the names you came up with for our security.
    In all seriousness, this is frightening to watch the Democratic obstruction and denigrating of our President. I am 63 years old and, for the first time in my life, I am terribly afraid for our country. I hope we are able to unify support for Trump-which will embolden conservative confidence.
    I wish Fox News would run this story from you -it’s great. And lastly, your daughter is awesome.