Mr. Tancredo, Tear Down That Wall
Arkanssouri points to a Tom Tancredo campaign commercial that begins “There are consequences to open borders beyond the 20 million aliens who’ve come to take our jobs.” Opening right up with a display of ignorance of basic economics is not all that endearing in a supposedly conservative Presidential candidate. But aside from that, what about those consequences? “Jihadists who froth with hate” are running rampant across America, apparently.
This, it turns out, is “the price we pay for spineless politicians who refuse to defend our borders against those who come to kill.” Fine. Let’s ignore Mr. Tancredo’s ignorance, his racism, his religious bigotry and general xenophobia. Ignore all that and assume Mr. Tancredo has a valid point.
Does defending our borders “against those who come to kill” require abandoning our highest aspirations as Americans?
Does defending our borders “against those who come to kill” require closing our borders to those who come to work or those fleeing political or religious oppression?
Does defending our borders “against those who come to kill” require building a Wall?
If it does require a Wall, does defending our borders “against those who come to kill” require building a Wall With No Doors?
If that small minded little man thinks he should be President, he needs to take a look at the words of one of the greatest Presidents and give it another think:
I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.
God forbid we ever have to really say “Mr. Tancredo, tear down that wall.”