Trump Gets His Wall

Donald Trump has fulfilled a signature campaign promise. The president has succeeded in building his wall, just not along the southern border. Since his inauguration Trump has worked to isolate himself from decency and sound judgement. With his decision today to rescind DACA, the president appears to have accomplished his goal.

Another brick in the wall

Trump’s plan started long before he ran for office. His remarks concerning then President Barack Obama’s origin of birth laid the foundation. Trump added bricks here and there but really got to work in 2015 with the launch of his presidential campaign. The Donald began his pursuit of the Oval Office by calling Mexicans rapists and drug dealers.

Trump’s wall continued to grow with every tweet, rally, and off the cuff press conference. Construction appeared to be complete in the fall of 2016 when audio surfaced of the future president bragging about committing sexual assault. Surprisingly, a large number of Americans climbed over the wall to be with Trump and have since helped to expand its dimensions.

45’s tenure as commander in chief started with a proposed Muslim ban. Trump followed that up with a push to take health care away from millions of Americans. He laid down a fresh layer of mortar with his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord. The president’s wall efforts took off when he endorsed white supremacy following the events in Charlottesville. Finally, Trump issued an order banning transgender Americans from serving in the military. This list doesn’t include the myriad of late night Twitter tirades against: the media, Hillary Clinton, protesters, the FBI, covfefe, etc.

Trump’s wall transcends borders. It cuts through countries, cities, towns, neighborhoods, houses, friendships, and families. Ideas only pass one way over the wall. Trump’s insults and bad policy land on our side and cannot be returned. They must be sealed off, denied access to light and air lest they grow to maturity.

What about those on the other side? Should we attempt to scale the wall and retrieve our loved ones? Such an attempt may only reinforce the barrier. People don’t like to be wrong and hate when someone they care about points out their mistake.

For now, a better tack might be to let the bricks fall from our mouths. I don’t mean to suggest that we should spew vile. Rather, we say what we stand for and what we stand against. We become wall builders. We can fortify the ideas and people we believe in, keep them safe from those who wish them harm. Besides voting, this is perhaps the surest way to bring down Trump’s wall and begin the process of building a better future for all.

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