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Not one of the members of the mainstream media had a sense of humor when Trump began talking about building a wall on our southern border. I mean, was the defense used in medieval times the ultimate solution to our immigration problem? The facts were that there was no physical wall that could not be breached with material found in a home improvement store. Most ‘walls’ could be destroyed by the right saw. Concrete is susceptible to acid. Any wall can be breached by tunneling under the structure.
What should we expect from an orange man with an intellect lower than the average house fly?
During the Trump administration, only a few hundred new feet of his “big, beautiful wall” was constructed. Most of the money was used to repair walls that existed in some areas prior to his illegitimate election.
However, the billions of dollars that were spent on a doomed to fail wall are now in a state of decay. His “beautiful walls” are becoming a rusty and dangerous tribute to the worst president in history.
Most of Trump’s efforts to create his moronic wall were in Arizona. In the most difficult areas where costs soared to 41 million dollars for a single mile, the steel monstrosities stand deserted in the desert sands. Just a short distance beyond sections of the wall which were completed are open spaces. Trump’s most infamous plan is now nothing more than a bad memory of another failure in a life measured by a long list of unsuccessful ventures.
What was never mentioned on television “news” was the impossibilities facing the construction of a wall in Texas. Approximately one-half of our shared border with Mexico is located in the Lone Star State. To construct Trump’s wall along this huge stretch of land would have required the seizing of nearly 5,000 parcels of privately owned property.
History will point to these rusting metallic ruins as Trump’s Folly and another of his broken promises. Trump is the reason that a reality television show called “The World’s Greatest Failure” has never been created. Everyone knows who the “winner” would be. Few people can live an entire life without a single notable accomplishment, especially when offered such a large number of opportunities.
Trump inherited a nation recovering from a near depression. Somehow, he destroyed eight years of hard work by President Obama’s administration.
We look to our leaders in times of crisis. Although he was warned about the probability of a pandemic months before it reached America, Trump ignored it. Of the 800,000+ deaths from COVID-19, estimates claim that Trump is responsible for at least 130,000 because he refused to act decisively and in a timely manner.
Not even Stephen King could have written the tragic events of January 6, 2021. No one would believe that a sitting president would attempt to overthrow his own government. Truth is stranger than fiction.
No one will ever receive the number of rusty edifices awarded to Trump. In random areas across our southern border, future generations will look at ugly ramparts of steel and laugh at the buffoon that once occupied our nation’s most sacred tribute to public housing.
I am not downplaying the need to address our immigration problem. However, the emphasis on our southern border is a mistake. Records from the Border Patrol and Homeland Security reveal that most of the dangerous illegal immigrants arrive legally in our ports of entry: our seaports and commercial aircraft terminals.
They arrive after receiving a visitor’s visa, and simply never leave. This is the same thing that happened with Trump’s wife, Melania. She came to America after receiving a visitor’s visa and worked for Trump’s modeling agency without obtaining a work visa. She should have been deported.
No one on the right side of the aisle is taking immigration seriously.
Op-ed by James Turnage
The Atlantic: Trump’s Big Border Wall Is Now a Pile of Rusting Steel; by John B. Washington
USA Today: Border Wall
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