There has been much talk of "division" in this election year. The main stream media has worked tirelessly to propagate the narrative of Donald Trump's populist coup against the Republican establishment as the emergence of some fascistic cult of personality. His common sense approach to immigration, specifically with regards to the southern border and the Muslim word, has been branded "hateful," "xenophobic," "racist," "divisive." The iconic symbol of the Trump movement, the Great Wall of Trump, has had bleeding heart humanitarians salivating at the potential for empty Hallmark card rhetoric about building bridges and not walls. All too predictably, the Democrats launched a full offensive on this "xenophobia" on the first night of the DNC (Mexican night) with a session which seemed to be jointly hosted by MSNBC and Telemundo. An illegal immigrant took to the stage to denounce Trump's positively medieval approach to immigration and assure her partners in crime that Hillary Rotten Clinton has no intention of enforcing the laws, the sole Constitutional duty of the American President.
But what of the wall? It has obviously struck a chord within the electorate and has had a polarizing effect across ethnic and party lines. Many support the wall knowing that a vast number of illegal immigrants can infiltrate the country in a variety of other, less sexy ways than crossing the Rio Grande that the wall could not prevent. Senator Cruz was arguably just as strong, if not stronger, than Trump on immigration; Senator Rubio talked about drones, and E-Verify, and all other sorts of nifty tech for the "New American Century." None of this rhetoric, which most would agree is far more sensible than "we're gonna build a wall," gained any comparable traction. But behind this seemingly sophomoric approach to border control lies a profound sentiment that is absolutely vital to the survival of Western civilization. In truth, the Great Wall of Trump has little to do with immigration at all and everything to do with affirming a distinct and separate American identity.
In fact, "xenophobia," is a precise explanation for the appeal and the necessity of the wall. Liberals hurl this word around as an insult, in the same vein as racism or sexism; to them, "xenophobia" borders religion in its absurd, antiquated view of the world. But this fear is well founded. The dictionary lists xenophobia as "an irrational fear of people from other countries," but as far as I'm concerned there is nothing irrational about this fear. Western Civilization is unique in its invention and embrace of the liberal democratic values that both parties cherish as necessary for the maintenance of a free society. Values such as pluralism, tolerance, freedom of expression, egalitarianism, secular governance, democracy, and limited government have made the Western world the most free and prosperous civilization in the history of man. In fact, there is not a single country on the planet today which shares these values to a significant degree that has not had those values imposed on them by the West at some point in the last three hundred years.
The Great Wall of Trump is an implicit affirmation that the culture and identity of the United States of America is distinct and separate from that of the globalist/internationalist fiction that is the "world community." There is no world community. There is the modern world of the US, West Europe, and Britain's English-speaking former colonies, and there is barbarism. This is not to say that the people of other civilizations are lesser or barbarous, but their culture is. If you disagree, you are welcome to take the next flight to Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Sudan, Ukraine, or North Korea and if you come back in one piece having exercised the rights we take for granted in America, you can call me an ignorant Western chauvinist. Good luck with that.
Of course America welcomes immigrants and of course they can retain the elements of their heritage which are benign and colorful; that is the historical tradition of this country as a diverse melting pot. But part of becoming an American and inheriting all of the rights and privileges that come with citizenship is assimilating into the broader American identity which our progress possible. The lack of American flags flying at the DNC earlier this week was a scandal but not a shock. The half dozen minority voting blocs which comprise the new progressive majority do not identify primarily or even secondarily as Americans. When they wave the Mexican flag or the Palestinian flag at a convention to nominate a candidate for American President, there is nothing racist or bigoted in acknowledging that this is problematic for a culture that is quickly becoming unrecognizable.
This is why the proposition of a Great Wall of Trump has resonated so deeply with Republicans and Democrats alike. When Luis Gutierrez got on stage in Philadelphia and ended his speech with a chant of "si se puede," his presentation became a rallying cry for Donald Trump! When this week in Normandy, yet another savage terrorist attack by radical Islam (to the surprise of no one) claimed the life of an innocent Catholic priest, the Great Wall became a little bit easier to swallow, as it does with each terrorist attack. When we watch our sister country, the European super-state, consumed by the most successful Arab invasion since the siege of Vienna in 1638, we must know that this is a glimpse into our future if we continue down the blood stained path of multiculturalism.
As Donald Trump himself said, "We need to build a wall and it has to be built quickly," as the invasion is well under way. This week, it was revealed by US Customs and Border Control that the number of illegal family units illegally entering the country is set to double this year. With no end in sight to wave after wave of uninterrupted mass immigration from Mexico and Central America and without drastic action, the very fabric of the country will be irreversibly altered within 50 years. Just as importantly, without the cultural and democratic affirmation of the American people that their culture is distinct and worth protecting, any measure to secure the border will be impermanent without a popular commitment to its goals.
But perhaps the grandest irony of the debate itself is the stark hypocrisy of the leaders of the opposing camp to a man. Leading the charge against Trump's Great Wall has been Pope Francis, President Obama, and Hillary Clinton; and there is something peculiar that each of these bridge building crusaders have in common: Vatican City, the home of the Pope, is surrounded by a wall. The White House, home of Barack Obama, is guarded by a fence. And the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which has nominated Hillary Clinton to run for President to stop Donald Trump's insidious wall, has taken place within the gates of a fence that stands eight feet tall and four miles long. It is all too easy to vehemently oppose a wall while standing behind one.
Walls get a bad rap in a world so concerned with inclusiveness and diversity. The humble wall has many unfortunate connotations like the Berlin Wall or the walls of a prison; but the wall is also a necessary and unmistakable symbol of the defense of a common people. 99.9% of all Americans who have taken a position on the Great Wall of Trump, whether for or against, happen to live within walls themselves. That is because people want to protect their spouses, their children, their families, and their property from strangers, whether they be potential friends or enemies, and they know the first way to accomplish this. We must come to see our nation in the same way. We must not sacrifice our distinct and exceptional identity on the altar of politically correct tolerance or inclusiveness. It is past time to pull up the drawbridge to Fortress America and affirm our identity as that shining city on a hill we once knew. This is an ode to walls.