Fences and Walls Make Better Neighbors

Ben Franklin and others long ago recognized that good fences make for good neighbors.  That has been true for lo these many millenia.   Earliest man quickly learned how to construct walls around the places where they lived and later raised their crops as a protection against the wild beasts and from the ravages of their fellow man bent on mischief.

There is the Great Wall of China, the fences that line the entire 38th parallel in Korea separating the north and south, there was the Berlin Wall until Reagan got it torn down, the Walls of Jericho, the fencing along portions of our southern border with Mexico and all the great cities of Europe had their walls surrounding them from Greek and Roman times until only the last few centuries.  There is a long and tried history with the use and protection of the walls or fences.  The Great Wall of China was built to protect it from the Mongols and it worked reasonably well for a very long time.  Hadrian’s wall in the north of England kept the Scottish hordes from middle and lower England for a long period of time.    That fence and minefield separating the two Koreas has worked out pretty well for us for over 50 years so far.  With the way things are going in North Korea we should be glad that it is there.   I do recall several times over the last few decades when one liberal or the other thought we should dismantle it as a gesture of good faith to the North!    Funny how no one is talking like that now.

Fences don’t project a negative or hostile attitude toward those on the other side of the fence necessarily.  Some neighbors who are close friends have fences between their homes and are happy for the privacy it affords.   Yes, a fence does convey the message that “this is mine” and entry is by permission only.  There is nothing wrong with that at all unless you want to live in a society that does not permit private ownership of property.  The Commies didn’t allow private ownership and even they built walls.  Their walls were all by the State and definitely conveyed the message that this did not belong to you and you couldn’t cross without the requisite permit.   They had not only the Berlin Wall but they had “walls” everywhere.  During the Cold War the people in the Communist lands couldn’t travel anywhere even within their own borders without a pass from the government.  They had walls within walls. 

We need a wall along our entire southern border, not just the 700 miles that was planned.  I use the past tense because it is obvious that the new guy will not even build out that much.  Mexico is in near chaos at the moment and has been teetering on the brink of such a condition for years now.  Their cultural is fine for them if they like it but it is not an American cultural or even close to it.  They have a very socialistic outlook on economic theory.  I offer Pemex as exhibit A in that regard.  They have tried to expand their economy with experiments here and there with some free market efforts but they have been feeble and mostly ineffective.   They do in fact look to the Government as the answer to all their problems andissues.   They do not comprehend the concept as we know it of the rugged individualist.  They are more like the Chinese and view most things through a group effort whether that “group” is a political set or subset of their nation, the Catholic Church or some cartel these days.  We of course have some of that cooperative spirit ourselves as do all peoples.  There has to be some of it to have any sense of community or willingness to join together for a common good.  But the differences in magnitude are tremendous between Mexico and the US in that regard.  We will never be pals with Mexico.  We can and should be good neighbors.    We have the right to expect the same thing from them.  The corruption there is to the point of being now endemic and so corrosive that it is accepted as the ordinary course of business.  We need to protect ourselves from the negative effects of that corruption.  There is absolutely no evidence on the horizon that that situation is going to change anytime soon.  Policemen are bribed and bought regularly and they even resign or are assasinated on a weekly basis.   Their army is no better.  Who could you turn to there for help?   

Let’s build that fence and make it airtight.  We will be better off for it in the long run.   We have the right and the obligation to our own citizens to protect ourselves from the violence corruption and cultural and economic differences between our nations.  If they are allowed to continue to swarm over the border we will become the Balkans.  If you think it couldn’t and won’t happen I suggest you read some more history.  They will not quit coming until they can’t.  Every nation must decide its own destiny and those peoples ultimately get and deserve the government and economic system they allow to rule them.

If my math is right Government, Inc. has just doled out over 7 billion to the car companies to build those green cars, electric.  That is in addition to all the tens of billions that was already advanced to them.  How many people will pay the extra price for those electric cars.  I have another concern for those folks.  I wonder how long the batteries last in those cars?  Ten thousand miles?  One thousand miles.  What will it cost each time they have to be replaced?  I bet it is more than pocket change.  Just buy four size D batteries at the store.  In addition where will they go to get them replaced?  Will you have to leave your car there for an entire day to change the batteries?  What will be the service charge for those new batteries?   It is going to be an expensive proposition, far beyond anything that has been discussed  to date.   http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com

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