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Twelve million
illegal aliens in USA and NOW they want to build a wall?

Although New
Orleans is down to 190,000 people for lack of repair, our government
is funding a wall with Mexico, which will certainly inhibit trade.

It brings to
mind that other wall, the Berlin Wall, which I first saw from both
sides in 1975, when it was less than 15 years old, and lasted barely
another 15 years. We know why the Berlin Wall was built of course,
to keep East Berliners in.  It was quite cruel, manipulative,
hard-core communist thug politics.

But what was
the official East German reason for the Wall?  What excuse
could they use to sell such a monstrosity to the East German people?
 Believe it or not, the German Communists claimed it was to
keep West Berliners out of East Berlin, to protect the East German
way of life from West German and Western lawlessness.  The
chief reasons were three:

  1. Economic…
    West Europeans come to live in East Berlin, because East Germany
    was a welfare state. West Germans come for free education, welfare,
    and medicine, a drain on the East Germany economy.
  2. Some West
    Germans work in East Germany, and spend in West Germany, repatriating
    money that should stay in the local economy.
  3. Security…
    spies, terrorists, etc., come from West into East.

Now of course,
this may all be true, but wouldn't a better response be to try freedom?
Trust the German people to take care of themselves, instead of creating
a welfare state in which walls are a cruel necessity? Especially,
as time told, the wall won't work?  The worst part of course,
is after the reasons failed to ring true, and people began to escape,
the East Germans would kill people who tried to go from East Berlin
to West Berlin.

Let’s look
at the reasons USA is building a wall with Mexico.

  1. Economic…
    Mexicans come to live in USA, because USA is a welfare state.
     Mexicans come for free education, welfare, medicine, hurting
    the USA economy.
  2. Some Mexicans
    work in USA, and spend in Mexico.
  3. Security…
    spies, terrorists, etc., come from Mexico into USA.

Now of course,
this may all be true, but wouldn't a better response is try freedom?
Trust the American people to take care of themselves, instead of
maintaining a welfare state in which walls are a cruel necessity.
The worst part of course, is US security officers already have killed
people, including US citizens, who try to escape into Mexico, instead
of letting Mexico arrest them.  (As West Germany arrested anyone
escaping from the East, at least until they can determine why they
left…  Asylum…? Criminal?)

An irony about
the wall is the East Germans had to allow the wall to be taken down
for the same reason they put it up: to keep the East Germans from
leaving. Once the door opened slightly, everyone began to flee from
the East. The only way to get people comfortable with staying in
the East was to take down the wall!

The deal was
Mexicans could come and work and pay taxes and they would go relatively
unmolested, what with the USA population ageing and the Mexican
population getting younger. An ideal fit.

To fund and
commence building "illegal immigrant concentration camps"
as we have, and to fund and commence a "Berlin Wall" as
we have is to marry an insult with a threat to Mexicans in America.
Twelve million of them. We are breaking an understanding.

I've met occasionally
over the years ignorant, angry immigrants who criticize their host
country, USA. Now I am meeting intelligent, angry immigrants who
criticize. The former we could ignore.

I am not worried
whether or not our leadership is like the old East German
thugs, I just wonder if the American people are any different than
the German people.

November
2, 2006

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