Ah, Donald Trump’s border wall. The central pillar of his campaign and his idiotic idea for stopping the supposed flood of undocumented immigrants that just stream across our southern border unchecked. He hasn’t spoken too much about it lately, but yesterday, he decided to bring it up with reporters on Air Force One. And what he told them is nothing short of ridiculous.
His design ideas for the wall have shifted over time. For instance, he once said it would be a concrete wall. Then later, he said it would be a solar wall that would significantly reduce the costs to Mexico because of the energy it would produce (although we all know that energy would go to the border states and still wouldn’t pay for it without new taxes). Now, it has to be a transparent wall.
Because if people can’t see through the wall, they won’t know when drug smugglers are getting ready to toss big bags of drugs over the wall and they’ll wind up getting hit on the head:
As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over. As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall. But we have some incredible designs.”
Really? We need a transparent wall so people will know if they’re about to get hit on the head with a sack of drugs? Nothing of substance about how a transparent wall will do, well, anything at all?
One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it. In other words, if you can’t see through that wall — so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall.”
We already have that with some sections of the existing fence. However, drug smugglers don’t come right up to that fence and just toss bags over, let alone do it with impunity. They do launch bags of drugs over the fence with catapults and even air cannons, but they do it at a distance, and from inside Mexico. We can’t do much about those cannons from here – we have to work with Mexican authorities.
If Trump really wanted to stop drug smuggling, he’d push to legalize marijuana nationwide. Instead, he’s got an attorney general who wants to crack down on it, which will just make the problem worse. His wall, transparent or otherwise, is not going to stop a damn thing.
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