What Trump’s Wall Says to the World

By Pat Buchanan

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USA –  -(Ammoland.com)-  “Something there is that doesn't love a wall,” wrote poet Robert Frost in the opening line of “Mending Walls.

And on the American left there is something like revulsion at the idea of the “beautiful wall” President Trump intends to build along the 1,900-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico.

The opposition's arguments are usually rooted in economics or practicality. The wall is unnecessary. It will not stop people from coming illegally. It costs too much.

Yet something deeper is afoot here. The idea of a permanent barrier between our countries goes to the heart of the divide between our two Americas on the most fundamental of questions.

Who are we? What is a nation? What does America stand for?

Those desperate to see the wall built, illegal immigration halted, and those here illegally deported, see the country they grew up in as dying, disappearing, with something strange and foreign taking its place.

It is not only that illegal migrants take jobs from Americans, that they commit crimes, or that so many require subsidized food, welfare, housing, education and health care. It is that they are changing our country. They are changing who we are.

Two decades ago, the Old Right and the neocons engaged in a ferocious debate over what America was and is.

Were we from the beginning a new, unique, separate and identifiable people like the British, French and Germans?

Or was America a new kind of nation, an ideological nation, an invented nation, united by an acceptance of the ideas and ideals of Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln and Dr. King?

The Old Right contended that America existed even before the Revolution, and that this new nation, this new people, wrote its own birth certificate, the Constitution. Before Washington, Madison and Hamilton ever went to Philadelphia, America existed.

What forced the premature birth of the nation — was the Revolution.

We did not become a new nation because we embraced Jefferson's notion about all men being “created equal.” We became a new people from our familial break with the Mother Country, described in the declaration as a severing of ties with our “brethren” across the sea who no longer deserved our loyalty or love.

The United States came into being in 1789. The Constitution created the government, the state. But the country already existed.

When the Irish came in the mid-19th century to escape the famine and the Germans to escape Bismarck's Prussia, and the Italians, Jews, Poles, Greeks, Slovaks came to Ellis Island, they were foreigners who became citizens, and then, after a time, Americans.

Not until decades after the Great Migration of 1890-1920, with the common trials of the Depression, World War II and Cold War, were we truly forged again into one united nation and people.

By 1960, almost all of us shared the same heroes and holidays, spoke the same language and cherished the same culture.

What those with memories of that America see happening today is the disintegration of our nation of yesterday. The savagery of our politics, exemplified in the last election, testifies to how Americans are coming to detest one another as much as the Valley Forge generation came to detest the British from whom they broke free.

In 1960, we were a Western Christian country. Ninety percent of our people traced their roots to Europe. Ninety percent bore some connection to the Christian faith. To the tens of millions for whom Trump appeals, what the wall represents is our last chance to preserve that nation and people.

To many on the cosmopolitan left, ethnic or national identity is not only not worth fighting for, it is not even worth preserving. It is a form of atavistic tribalism or racism.

The Trump wall then touches on the great struggle of our age.

Given that 80 percent of all people of color vote Democratic, neither the Trump movement nor the Republican Party can survive the Third Worldization of the United States now written in the cards.

Moreover, with the disintegration of the nation we are seeing, and with talk of the breakup of states like Texas and secession of states like California, how do we survive as one nation and people?

Old Europe never knew mass immigration until the 20th century.

Now, across Europe, center-left and center-right parties are facing massive defections because they are perceived as incapable of coping with the existential threat of the age — the overrunning of the continent from Africa and the Middle East.

President Trump's wall is a statement to the world: This is our country. We decide who comes here. And we will defend our borders.

The crisis of our time is not that some Americans are saying this, but that so many are too paralyzed to say it, or do not care, or embrace what is happening to their country.

 

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

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L.T.D.(lazy TRUCK DRIVER)
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Here’s a thought!! The #$/$- do this ALLLLLLL THE TIME, A GO FUND ME ACCOUNT!!
Send in what U can afford, $1.00- or as much as you can.
That wall would be paid for in 6 mos time, if not sooner.
To start things off I’ve got a crisp brand new $100.00 bill just waiting to b sent somewhere?????
Not to mention the idea of taxing ALLLLLLL OF THE $$ GOING OUT OF THE U.S.

Ron H
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Ron H

I have lived in AZ since the late 50’s. I have worked LE in Southern AZ. AZ’s spends two billion dollar of its annual nine billion dollar budget on illegals.
The wall is not the whole answer. With the extra manpower and equipment, General Kelly can setup a defense of a physical barrier, aerial surveillance, sensor arrays, mobile quick response arrest teams, and immediate deportation or incarceration of ILLEGAL ALIENS. This will greatly reduce the flow of ILLEGAL ALIENS across our southern border. If they try to cross the border en masse, well we shoot trespassers.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Joe, Well of course, Joe, we want to close the border not because “they” are Mexican, but rather because “they” are not of our tribe. Even an ant hill does that. The taxpayers of our American tribe just do not have enough money to make the lives of every person on this planet perfect, by taking them all in. I like your post and look forward to reading more of them in the future.

Joe
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Joe

I like the idea of closed borders but am uncomfortable with basing the reason on who it is that tries to come here. I am much more comfortable with defending closed borders because those who come here illegally are breaking our laws whatever their color, or point of origin. It is the rule of law, designed and maintained in a democratic fashion that I want defended. I don’t care from what country a person comes here as long as he does not break our law to do so. And then the second argument. This American tribe may be better or… Read more »

Old 1811
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Old 1811

The wall won’t solve our illegal immigration problem, since half of the illegal aliens in the U.S. entered legally, at ports of entry, with visas, and overstayed them. The wall will only keep out poor Mexicans. The organized criminals and drug cartelistas are some of the richest people in the world, and rich people will always find a way in. Mexico is a powder keg. Its economy consists of four (maybe five) components: Cattle, tourism, drugs, and the remittances sent home by illegal aliens in the U.S. (The fifth component may be oil. More on that in a minute.*) If… Read more »

Clark Kent
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Clark Kent

Bring it on! Sooner better than later! Why in the world do we have to be the ‘safety valve’ for Mexico? Let them drown in their own toilet bowl.

Old 1811
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Old 1811

When the crap in the toilet splashes up on you, you’ll understand better.
Mexico is in the throes of a low-grade civil war right now, between the forces of the drug cartels and the government. Part of the government wants to eradicate them, and another part of the government wants a piece of their action. All of that will come HERE if Mexico falls completely apart.

Old 1811
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Old 1811

Plus, then we’ll have a wave of refugees from Mexico, which we’ve never had before. And how can you tell the difference between a legitimate refugee and a cartelista looking for new territory?

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James Bailey

There is an easy solution to funding the wall: Add a 7% or 10% federal tax surcharge to every Western Union wired payment two sites outside the United States; that is to say if a person within the United States sends money to a person outside of the United States, regardless of the amount, then either 7% or 10% tax on the total amount sent is levied when they send it. Last time I checked, something like 3.5 to 4 billion dollars a year is wired outside the USA. Do the math people, we could find that border wall really… Read more »

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DrSique

I completely agree that money transfers are the way to go because they are all one direction. There are probably zero dollars sent from Mexico into the U.S. and this would help avoid any tit for tat. I am, however, concerned about when the last time you checked was. Dr. Robert Rector, from the Heritage Foundation, has a very good report on the actual expenses incurred by Americans to pay for illegal immigration. Using the government numbers of 11 to 12 million(probably low balled), he came up with 114 billion dollars annually. The estimate for remittances to Mexico alone was… Read more »

Marshall
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Marshall

Sounds good to me. I have no reason to send money out of the country except for the few purchases I make on eBay.

Ron H
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Ron H

On the nose! The largest money stream into ‘Ole Mejico’ is Western Union money transfers from the USA to Mejico. Fifteen-twenty percent surtax should pay for the wall in no time.

Aardvark
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Aardvark

SuperG – Problem is the IRS is saturated with liberals and they would just offer a hand up to the illegals.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@SuperG and Aardvark, Well… just RIF them all, then!

SuperG
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SuperG

I’m for the wall, but I also know that we can record history, but not learn from it. Walls are only good if you have someone patrolling them 24/7. I saw we go to a flat rate income tax and then use the idled IRS workers to man the wall.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

Warning: If you are a liberal/progressive/socialist do not read the following message:The Mexicans have been sh*tting on us for years because they mistake our Christian mercy for weakness. I am glad that the President of Mexico has chosen to insult President Trump. Trump is at his best when someone insults him.

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tomcat

@ wild bill, Mexico’s approach to the changes coming are really stupid on their part. We are their number 1 trading partner and we have kept them up and running for many years. Just more stupidity from a stupid culture. Incidently, I totally agree with your post.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@tomcat, I agree, and I can not see why the Mexican president has read Donald Trump so poorly. I look forward to much entertainment on Fox over the southern border issue.

Alan Swartzbaugh
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Alan Swartzbaugh

You hit the 10 ring with that one. Nice shot !

MBH
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MBH

Dan, you are so very right, But how do we unite when so many just want to protest, cry in the streets, do destruction at tax payers cost. The vary ones doing this are the ones that call Trump supports ‘Bigots” They are the ones that do not want to see others point of view. Before we can unite many of us need to grow up. The problem with that is that this actions are being passed down. Even our most prestigious universities promote this type of action. Before long “snowflake” and buttercup will be words we are not allowed… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Well stated! Now if just more people a lot more could read this maybe just maybe it might open their ears, eyes of some of them. To undersatnd a Nation with out boarders is no longer a Nation! Therefore no national pride ! Divided we will fail! We must be united in order to survive?

Clark Kent
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Clark Kent

We need voters that vote, not readers that only read, or eyes that just watch.