Democrats cor­rectly op­pose wall fund­ing

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - TOWN SQUARE - Bill Bekken­huis

One wall is a hu­man ar­ti­fact, to be de­signed and built by en­gi­neers for the pur­pose, in con­cert with other re­sources such as tech­nol­ogy and staffing, of hav­ing bet­ter op­er­a­tional con­trol on Amer­ica’s south­west bor­der with Mex­ico.

The other wall is a tal­is­man, a fetish, a charm for ward­ing off evil and be­stow­ing good for­tune. Evil, in this case, is per­son­i­fied by im­mi­grants and asy­lum seek­ers from black and brown na­tions — with re­li­gions, cus­toms and lan­guages dis­tin­guish­ing them from “real Amer­i­cans.”

What we have with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s wall fetish has noth­ing to do with op­er­a­tional bor­der se­cu­rity and ev­ery­thing to do with the sym­bolic con­sign­ment to death of those who are

for­eign in de­fense of a pu­ri­fied, white, mono­cul­tural Amer­ica that never re­ally ex­isted.

And Democrats are right to refuse to waste $5 bil­lion on such a morally cor­rupt project.

“But now in Christ Je­sus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has bro­ken down the di­vid­ing wall, that is, the hos­til­ity be­tween us.” — Eph­e­sians 2:13-14, New Re­vised Stan­dard Ver­sion.

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