Wall is an ancient idea
Gen. George S. Patton said: “Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man.” The justification for building a wall at our southern border based on walls that were built during ancient times is absurd. A wall is a 16th century solution for a 21st century problem.
The facts show, the majority of illegal immigrants come in from overstayed visas. The majority of drugs come in through open ports of entry, and some through an array of tunnels. Apprehensions of illegal aliens at our southern border are at historic lows, down from a high of 220,000 a month in 2000 to 40,000 a month in 2019.
People would have you believe 4,000 suspected terrorists have been apprehended at our southern border, the actual number is 6, the other 3,994 were detained at airports, worldwide. These people are being portrayed as murderers and thieves, out to create crime in our streets. Studies prove the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants living in America commit less crime than the general population. These people are just poor souls, looking for a better life, running from poverty and/or certain death from corruption, crime and gangs in their own countries.
The majority of illegal immigrant refugees now come from the Central American Northern Triangle area. That’s not to say we should have open borders, we don’t, we need to account for everybody entering our country, but we need to be smart about it, cost effective and humane, and not waste upward of $30 billion dollars for ancient walls.
The dangers of Fox News
It could be argued that one of the greatest threats to American democracy is, ironically, Fox News.
Fox has both an “Entertainment-Opinion” division and a “News” division.
The Entertainment-Opinion division’s Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Judge Jeanine, et al. use carefully crafted pitches that often sound as if they’re designed for grade school kids with short attention spans.
They cater to what their base audience wants, and it’s not facts. It’s entertainment. Their viewers want to hear what they wish were true, stuff that makes them giddy, including far out conspiracy theories — anything that keeps them riled up against those darn “librals.”
Seemingly to appear balanced, Fox’s News division gives time to journalists like Shepard Smith and Bret Baier.
But, as Fox well knows, the odds of Hannity fans tuning in to Smith and Baier might be equivalent to Dracula picking up a crucifix.
Fox News contributor retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters quit Fox in 2018, saying the network had devolved into “a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration” that is “fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers.”
Fox’s audience played a major role in ushering Trump into a wobbly White House. And those in the Entertainment-Opinion division often appear to be in cahoots with Trump and his undemocratic, nationalistic agenda.
It’s a viral, destructive agenda that draws out the worst in people, not the best. Think long and hard about what kind of America you want to live in before voting in 2020.
I applaud the Sun Herald for its Sound Off and Letters columns. No matter how radical the opinion, our paper allows it to be printed.
The attacks on our president no matter how onerous they are, are allowed. Radical Democrats want infanticide, extremely high taxes and open borders, and call anyone who disagrees with them racist.
We can hope that the American people will go to the ballet box and solve most of our problems by electing good people who really want America to be great again and will vote like most of Harrison County.