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A Wall is a Prison


General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity….Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! ~Ronald Reagan

I find it startling hypocritical that people who celebrated the tearing down of the Berlin wall as a broad stroke for freedom and one of Ronald Reagan’s most memorable legacies are proponents for building a wall along the Mexican border. And the gall to spin it as freedom preservation – freedom from immigrants, freedom from lost jobs. I am sure many in the Communist, East German government held the same ideology close to their hearts.

In reality, the wall is a fear based monstrosity to hoard the resources of one on the wealthiest nations of the world, a wealth hoarded by a few misers ignoring the needs of their fellow American people. An out of touch gentry who built their stockpiles on the backs or at the expense of many of those seeking greener pastures in the land of liberty.

My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
~America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)

The enemy is not out there. The enemy is internal starting with the politicians that drive fear into our hearts pointing us at an imaginary, external enemy while sticking their hands down our pants, wiggling their fingers in our butt holes, the people, the people they took an oath not to rape but to serve, while pickpocketing us clean with their other hand.

A wall built to keep something out is simultaneously a wall that keeps something in, in other words, a prison. The castles of the middle ages with their fortified walls were an island of safety. They were also prisons during a siege with the people unable to get out for supplies. Either way was death – fast death by sword or slow death by starvation. Is there any wonder this time was also known as the Dark Ages?

Wall building is a way to avoid problems, ignore problems, when addressing problems is a significantly better way to resolve an issue. Avoid a problem and it festers into an ugly, puss filled lesion or a tumor consuming the host. Address a problem and there is quite likely a cure for the ailment.  In psychology, wall building is a dysfunctional way people allow problems to fester. People become prisoners within their mental walls, walls that slowly constrict altering reality into a distorted monster.

A wall along the Mexican border won’t keep immigrants out, they always find other ways, but it will create a monumental mental barrier. This mental barrier won’t let us join with the immigrants to fight the real enemies back in the capitals. The wall only protects the rich politicos. The immigrants are their diversion, their scapegoats. This is the real reason the government wants a wall.

Walling off a problem means people don’t grow by doing the difficult work of resolving problems. It is much easier to lob a bomb over a barrier and destroy those whose eyes we can’t or won’t see than it is to reach a hand across the separating space to create a bridge of friendship with a motive toward resolution. Open hand extending frequently requires compromises and just as frequently, results in a new creative solution addressing the needs of both parties.

In the US the top 10% of families hoard 76% of the total wealth. The next 40% account for 23%. This leaves just 1% for the bottom 50% of all US citizens. It’s not immigrants that are keeping the poor destitute. It’s the wealthiest amassing more than one person can use in a dozen lifetimes. The immigrant problem is a smoke screen designed to obfuscate our ability to see the reality.

It’s time we turn our faces toward Washington and demand they come clean. If not, it may be about time the people take up arms against their oppressors. It is for this reason, I believe the founding fathers included the Second amendment in the Constitution.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. ~2nd Amendment to the US Constitution

The Founders knew government by the people was precarious and had the potential to be government lorded over the people at the expense of the masses for the privilege of the few:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government ~US Constitution

The Founders knew the people would need a mechanism to overthrow the old and restart the grand, 1776 experiment of government of the people, by the people, for the people. It’s almost as if, in 1776, they had the ability to see the first decades of the 21st century and made provisions to safeguard the foundations on which this Republic was founded.

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