Let’s Build a Wall

 

Clearly it is time to build a wall along our southern border. Something has to be done after all.

We have a country and a culture hundreds of years in the making, and we can’t just let millions on millions of poorly educated, impoverished people who speak funny English pouring in illegally, taking away our jobs and becoming a burden on our schools and our hospitals. And we certainly don’t want them bringing their lawless ways into our towns and cities.

Okay, we know that they have big problems–massive unemployment, played out farms, chronic drought and inadequate water, non-competitive businesses, incredible pollution and environmental degradation, and those terrible storms that keep striking their populous coastal regions. But face it, most of their problems are of their own making. In the end, it’s largely their own fault their country is in such a mess.

They have an abundance of natural resources–oil, iron, uranium, and natural gas–but they’ve allowed a corrupt ruling elite to pilfer and destroy everything. The ruling party just steals elections and long ago turned the government into little more than a tool of the rich and the corporations.

They could have turned to science and technology to help them, but the corrupt central government has defunded their schools, leaving the majority of the population ill equipped to do anything.

Still, while we can sympathize with these people’s plight (and certainly we should send aid), we cannot simply let hordes of them just slip across our historically open border. We have laws and a legal immigration process, and they should avail themselves of that. Meanwhile, our overstretched border patrol officers try their best to stop illegal entry, but how can they be expected to police hundreds and hundreds of miles of rugged terrain? It is a hopeless task.

The only answer is a wall.

After all, the Americans themselves resorted to the same thing back in 2006, because of all the Mexicans fleeing to their own country.

Now that global warming has turned most of the United States into a dust bowl, now that some of that country’s major cities–Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, New Orleans and Baltimore–have joined Atlantis, and now that corrupt one-party authoritarian rule and the greed of the ruling elite has destroyed the American economy, desperate Americans are trying to flee to Canada’s cooler climes.

We Canadians can’t allow that to happen.

Let’s get to work on that wall, eh?

DAVE LINDORFF is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His new book of CounterPunch columns titled “This Can’t be Happening!” is published by Common Courage Press. Lindorff’s new book is “The Case for Impeachment“,
co-authored by Barbara Olshansky.

He can be reached at: dlindorff@yahoo.com

 

 

Dave Lindorff is a founding member of ThisCantBeHappening!, an online newspaper collective, and is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press).

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