The commentary from columnist Louise Shaw in the July 25 edition of the Clipper concerning a wall at the southern border was wrong. We shouldn’t use the money to help our southern neighbor is looking through the wrong color of glasses. I’m OK in helping them as long as they want to help themselves, but there is more to this than she is willing to portray. A talk made in 2005 by a former Democrat Governor of Colorado helps explain.
In it, Victor Davis Hanson talked about his latest book, ‘Mexifornia,’ explaining how immigration С both legal and illegal С was destroying the entire state of California. He said it is a curse for a society to be bilingual because resulting conflict divides it against itself.
Hanson cited Benjamin Schwarz, who wrote in the Atlantic Monthly recently, “the apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentriy and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.”
The bottom line is, united we stand, divided we fall. Have our southern neighbor workers come here, but they too need to pay into the system. Even if they are not citizens of these United States, they receive benefits, just as I would if I were to move to a different country. I would be expected to pay for those services as well and would be glad to pay. Thus, there is more to this issue than just building a physical wall. We need the physical wall to help build our own country’s unity.