Last night, Donald Trump gave a speech on immigration. Gigantic American flags almost dwarfed him from behind. The audience was well trained, and every time the name of Hillary Clinton came up, there was loud booing from the crowd. It was a collaboration between Trump and his loyal audience.
Trump would pause in his speech to give the crowd a chance to play its part in the show. And it was a quite a show! You can watch the whole thing in the video from C-Span embedded below.
Together they talked about how to keep Mexicans in Mexico and Americans in America. Everybody in his place, and nobody straying from the proper order of things. Together they would build a wall — and Mexico would pay for it. Only maybe President Nieto does not quite know that yet. Here’s what Trump said word for word:
We will build a great wall along the southern border. And Mexico will pay for the wall. A hundred percent. They don’t know it yet, but they’re gonna pay for the wall. And they’re great people and great leaders, but they’re going to pay for the wall. On day one, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall. We will use the best technology, including above and below ground sensors — that’s the tunnels — remember that, above and below! Above and below ground sensors. Towers. Aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels, and keep out criminal cartels. And Mexico — you know that — will work with us — I really believe it. Mexico will work with us. I absolutely believe it. And especially after meeting with their wonderful, wonderful president today, I really believe they want to solve this problem along with us, and I am sure they will.
What Trump was really saying is that the Federal government of the United States and the government of Mexico will work together so that each State will keep its own human cattle on the correct side of the border, properly branded, numbered and accounted for.
A wall to keep Mexicans out will also keep Americans in. A wall to keep Mexicans from taking jobs that Americans cannot — because they pay less than the minimum wage — will also keep Americans from going to Mexico to purchase cheap goods, experimental drugs not approved by the FDA and inexpensive Coca-Cola made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.
There are many important products in Mexico which we cannot obtain freely in the United States because the government will not allow us. Even bringing bologna in from Mexico is something our government does not permit. As food prices continue to soar, closing the border would hurt the average American more than it would help.
Trump does not want to repeal the minimum wage or to eliminate welfare. He does not intend to do away with the drug laws that create drug cartels. He does not intend to rein in the FDA or the USDA. He wants to keep all the Federal bureaucracy intact, and he uses its existence to argue for a wall to keep immigrants out.
He wants to keep American wages so artificially high that American unskilled workers stand no chance of finding a job. He wants to keep American consumers from buying inexpensive, unregulated products. He wants to keep the poor in the cycle of poverty, where only welfare can sustain them.
A great, physical –as opposed to spiritual!– powerful, beautiful wall reminiscent of the great Wall of China could not possibly keep everyone out. But many people on either side would die in the process of scaling it.
The wall is for our own safety and protection, Trump says, but it will keep us from meeting with our neighbors to the south in order to trade goods and services on the open market. A great wall around the United States would turn our country into a concentration camp because the right to leave and the right to enter are intertwined.
The right to sell and the right to buy, the right to decide for ourselves what price to pay for goods and what wages to pay for work, require open communication between neighbors. A free country does not have a wall around it. Only despots build walls.
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