The United States has undergone a partial government shutdown, for almost two weeks, now, and, both sides, look, to be far apart. As opposed to looking for a meeting – of – the – mind, it seems we are witnessing an upgraded version of politics, as usual, where the primary focus appears to be on personal/ political agenda, self – interest, and, perhaps, ego, rather than balancing public safety, truth, efficacy, cost – efficiency, etc.. With that in mind, this guide will try to briefly examine, consider, review, and talk, some of the fundamental realities, possibilities, reasons, and if they are more fact, than fiction.
- Realistic considerations: Can a wall, even be put, along the full extent, of America’s Southern border? Besides the ethical concerns, the wall would require an extensive application of the laws of Eminent Domain, because there are numerous areas, where locations are independently owned. Additionally, in several locations, natural obstacles (for instance, water/ Gulf of Mexico), create additions obstacles to achieving building a 2,000 mile barrier. What is going to actually be, the total costs involved, including all of the legal barriers/ obstacles, construction, and correctly installing this enormous wall, and, future maintenance, etc? Is this truly, going to reach its stated objectives, or is it more symbolic, etc?
- Ethical/ humanity: It has been less than 30 years, since the Berlin Wall, was removed, and came down. When it’s so desirable, why do so many living in border towns, especially in Texas, oppose building this? How can any wall be esthetic, inspiring, and/ or inspirational?
- Does it work? : Would a wall work, in terms of the articulated, stated issues, of President Donald Trump? However, those saying, all he’s doing is keeping his campaign promises, seem to be overlooking, the promise was, Mexico will be paying for the Wall. In addition, the vast majority of security experts, state strongly, a physical barrier is an expensive, inefficient, ineffective, measure, and, while there is a demand, for a state – of – the – art, border security program, with more technology and labour, than symbolic barrier.
- Why is this the battle? : I cannot speak for the President, however, it seems, this is far more about Mr. Trump, appealing to his core supporters, and political base, as well as the ultra – conservative media, than anything else. Others believe this may, additionally, be an effort, to divert attention from other, much publicized additional issues. With so many domestic issues, could not over $5 billion, be used, on pressing matters, such as education, clean water and air, health, etc?
Isn’t it time, for us, to proclaim, we have had enough, of the politics over policy? Wake up, America, and emphasise your priorities!