The government shutdown is over for the time being, but our nation’s capital remains horribly gridlocked. While fingers can be pointed all over the place on why that’s the case, the bottom line is really simple. The President of the United States is hellbent on delivering his campaign promise for a wall on the southern border.
In the other corner, Democratic leadership is just as steadfast in its refusal to budge on its stance that a wall isn’t necessary. The end result has been nothing more than a ton of yammering and showboating back and forth. Actual progress on any front is being completely stymied, and scores of voters find themselves once again shaking their heads about business as usual in the swamp.
President Trump has stated his case numerous times on why he believes a wall is necessary. Voters had a chance to weigh in back in 2016. Trump is now in the Oval Office, which serves as a pretty clear sign that enough voters are sold on his agenda. As anyone who has been paying attention is well aware, the left has responded by lecturing America and pushing forth a narrative that support for Trump is an indicator of being an abhorrent person.
Democratic leaders have conveniently tied discussions on the wall into that overall narrative. As opposed to spending time delivering concrete arguments which would support their hypothesis that a wall is unnecessary, they have attempted to pivot to a discussion on morality. The left has dug deep into their well of propaganda tactics to do all that they can to tug onto the heartstrings of voters.
As per the norm on the left, actual facts are being completely disregarded in their bid to control the conversation. If someone dares to disagree with their stance, that person is labeled, badgered, and verbally assaulted with an intense furor reminiscent of what one would see in some kind of banana republic. Sadly, this isn’t happening in some far off land, but rather right here in the good old US of A.
Challenging as it may be, it’s imperative to sift through the noise to get to the real heart of the matter. Is a border wall needed between the US and Mexico? Before answering that, let’s take a look at the actual facts surrounding the situation.
There’s already a partial barrier in place
There is nearly a 2,000-mile span stretching from California to Texas that a border wall would theoretically cover. A head start is already there, as almost 600 miles of that stretch of land is already protected. Yes, there is a partial barrier in place. So how did this get there? Was it some kind of magic or gift from the gods? Nope.
Some of the barriers date all the way back to 1994, and there was even a bill that received bipartisan support in the Senate as recently as 2006. Prominent Democrats such as former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were among those in favor of the bill. Fast forward to today, and Democratic leadership wants us all to conveniently forget that inconvenient little tidbit, as well as the fact that there are already stretches of land being protected as they should be.
Security in place continues to be circumvented
Whether it’s caravans flooding the border, tunnels underneath alleged secure locations, or illegals just finding a way in any way they can, there is simply no questioning that we need enhanced security on the southern border. The agents in place are overwhelmed, and the majority of them are in full support of the plans for a wall.
All that being the case, why on earth would anyone be opposed to enhancing security to further protect our nation? This recent column from Adriana Cohen of the Boston Herald hits the nail right on the head:
On Friday, Paxton’s office announced the Secretary of State’s office “discovered that about 95,000 individuals identified by the Department of Public Safety as non-U.S. citizens have a matching voter registration record in Texas, and roughly 58,000 of them have voted in one or more Texas elections.”
Paxton added via Twitter that, “Any illegal vote deprives Americans of their voice.”
Could this be why the Democrat party wants to flood the U.S. with millions of illegals —to tip elections?
Liberals — including democratic leadership — also oppose Voter ID laws and Kate’s Law, which would increase penalties for immigrants who re-enter the country illegally, while vociferously supporting sanctuary cities.
Illicit drugs continue to pour in over the border
Just last month, United States Customs and Border Protection officers announced the largest seizure of the deadly synthetic opioid known as fentanyl. The cargo, which checked in at a whopping 254 pounds, was discovered on a produce truck from Mexico at a checkpoint in Arizona. Officials estimate the street value to be in the neighborhood of $3.5 million.
Oh – and they also found about 400 pounds of methamphetamine on the same truck. Hats off to the officers who made the bust, but allow this to sink in for a moment: This is what they found this time. How much do you suppose is crossing the border in undetected fashion?
For a short answer, it’s a lot. A wall alone is not going to stop that from happening, but enhanced funding and increased security just might. Again, this load was discovered at a port of entry. What do you suppose the officers would find if they had better tools at their disposal? What about all of the drugs that continue to pour in at unmonitored points of entry?
The morality argument is a slap in the face to those who enter the country legally
As the left portrays it, a wall would be immoral because we our nation would be blocking entry to folks who are simply looking for a home. The syrupy spin is advanced with abandon by the mainstream press with nary a thought given to the consequences of such irresponsible rhetoric. We have no doubt that there are plenty of good people out there looking to make their home in America. Our only request is that they do it legally.
How many horror stories do we need to hear about heinous crimes perpetrated by undocumented immigrants? While this doesn’t mean that all illegals are violent criminals, the bottom line is that we would have a much better shot at weeding out the bad seeds if those who wish to enter the country go through the proper channels.
What’s more, what about all of the people that have gone out of their way to follow the proper procedures for immigrating to America? If they can do it, why can’t the others who want to make America their home? As per usual, Democrats are heavy on the rhetoric and sad songs when it comes to this topic, but sorely lacking in common sense.
Openly advocating for people to come to America through any means necessary is a massive slap in the face to those who have done things the right way in their search of the American dream.
The argument is not about opposing the wall, it’s about opposing the president
We are more than happy to hear valid arguments on why a wall is simply not necessary. Unfortunately, they’re not out there. Democratic leaders have made opposing the wall through any means necessary a centerpiece of their strategy for 2020. Here it is in a nutshell.
As the Democrats see it, impeding progress stunts the Trump agenda. They can then go ahead and portray his first-term as a complete failure while out on the campaign trail. If the president was able to deliver on one of his biggest promises in spite of the rampant opposition from his opponents, the Democratic Party would have suffered a devastating blow from which they may not be able to recover in time for the election.
Don’t be fooled by the never-ending soliloquies from Democratic power brokers about how this is all about stopping something they are fervently opposed to. If it suited their purposes, they would flip easier than a coin. Period. To have folks of this ilk lecturing the rest of America about morality and whatnot is nothing short of nauseating.
Yes, the wall is needed
Democrats are putting politics before safety and common sense. There are plenty of concrete facts which point to the need for a wall and enhanced security, but they seem to be more concerned with winning elections and generating applause from those on the far-left. Ask yourself this: if high-profile Democrats truly believe in all of the kumbaya stuff they are consistently pontificating about, then why would they feel the need to have any security for themselves whatsoever?
We all know the answer to that. It can be dangerous out there, and they do what they can to protect themselves as a result. Quite simply, a wall will help to make our nation safer. Doesn’t the American electorate as a whole deserve the same amount of concern for their own protection?