The wall and the claims of widespread voter fraud and the inane argument over crowd sizes seems to be all part of a distraction. What we really need to do is look behind the scenes and see what President Trump and the Republican congress (whose interests may not always be the same) are really up to.
I have to wonder where all the enmity against Mexico by Trump comes from or what it is all about. My only idea is that it is just part of his demagoguery that may have helped him win the election. Apparently in some circles being anti-Mexico gains votes. But he continues out of habit and the realization that his hostility can be a useful tool, for him that is.
Now we all know there is an ongoing drug war in Mexico and violence has been particularly bad along the border, mostly within Mexico. We of course have our own violence here in the U.S., only a fraction of it in any way connected to Mexico.
But Trump has claimed more than once — recorded on video tape — that Mexico is sending criminals and rapists over the border. I would think the more obvious truth is that people come over primarily in search of work and a better and safer life but along with them, along with most any group of people, there are bad actors — “bad dudes”, as Trump might say.
So yes, border security is always a serious matter. But I am fairly sure the wall project is a costly blunder. We already have fencing, and walls in some cases, along with geographical barriers in some spots. And people can get around up and over and under walls and will no doubt.
And what are we supposed to do with those caught trying to scale the wall? Machine gun them down like the old East German border guards? Okay for those of you too young to remember, back when Germany was divided between a soviet-controlled sector, East Germany, and free western democracy, West Germany, East German guards would shoot down anyone trying to escape. There are films of that. Very ugly. Of course in this case we would be building a wall to keep people out — but I think the whole thing is just some made-up issue to stir up bigoted people and get their votes. Trump got enough votes, but now he is using it as a distraction to keep the press busy while he and his cohorts or even the existing Republican majority pushes through its anti-progressive agenda.
I am fairly sure Mexico is not going to directly pay for that wall. And we know now by admission of the new administration that indeed it is the American taxpayer who would be footing the bill up front for this sort of modern version of the Maginot Line (that failed line of fortifications that did not stop Germans from blitzkrieging into France in WWII — they went around it). It would be impossible to build a wall the whole length of the border due to geography, environmental problems, and even the disruption of the use of property by American citizens.
Actually, although Trump’s proposal is commonly referred to by him and others as a “wall”, it has been brought out that an actual wall would be just part of it, the rest being augmenting of existing barriers, basically fencing.
This from the CNN site:
As far as cost goes,Trump has cited a $10 billion estimate that was given to him during the campaign by the National Precast Concrete Association. That comes to about $7.4 million per mile.
The whole project sounds like boondoggle to me.
Even so, I am all for border security. I have been on the southwestern border at various spots many times. I’m not sure our existing Border Patrol manpower is being used efficiently. When several agents pour out of a shack in the middle of the night to check my truck (I am a truck driver) and then go back into that shack I have to wonder: why so many? And if you’ve ever gone through the check station on I-5 near San Onofre, Ca. (between San Diego and LA) you have to wonder what’s up with all the Border Patrol vehicles stationary. And that is not to say that I am not aware that much work is done by the patrol and it can be very dangerous. But we need to be efficient about all this.
It would be far better if we had a president who was more diplomatic with Mexico, maybe even one who spoke Spanish, and worked with that nation on our mutual concerns and for our mutual benefit between nations, especially in the areas of trade and immigration and drug enforcement, but environmental is important too. We have to remember that the drug war is the result of competing criminal gangs vying for control of a huge market in the U.S. And those guns they use down there come from up here. International trade on the black market.
Finally, I imagine modern technology makes a wall all but obsolete.
While I have to admit it is nice to see a president moving swiftly on problems, all that photo-op of executive order signing and all that tweeting are both the result of Trump’s love affair with himself and his continuing need for adoration and more importantly may be a distraction to cover up — who knows what?
Hopefully someone is covering the real story.
Trump’s continuing claim that there was wide-spread voter fraud is puzzling when it seems there is no evidence and he cites none. But for a couple or more decades now the far right (mostly via radio programs that seem to reach an audience who wants to believe) have spread false narratives, mixed in with a small dose of verifiable fact at times, that has sunk into the psyche of a segment of our society and now President Trump has benefited from that and continues along the same vein. Of course voter fraud is a serious matter but then why is there no evidence presented by Trump or others who claim it? I mean if it is there let’s fix it. Oh, one report I saw says that much of the small amount of voter fraud that does occur is with absentee ballots. Yeah, look into that. Oh, and at least two of his cabinet picks, it has been reported, are registered to vote in more than one state. Yeah let’s look into all that.