Letter to the editor: Trump’s wall isn’t about invaders

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…” Robert Frost wrote these words in the opening line of “Mending Wall” a poem about walls, people, society, and life. Frost knew as many of us know that anything of human construction can be torn asunder or destroyed by the world around us.
Surprisingly, Donald Trump hasn’t learned that yet. He also seems to have forgotten that his family, all of our families came here seeking a better life. His wall will join those of Hadrian, Qin Shi Huang [Great Wall of China], East and West Berlin, Israel and Palestine, as testaments to failed ideology.
Donald isn’t trying to keep invaders out of our country. He is drawing a line in the sand and saying that people of color, of ethnic diversity other than white heritage can’t cross. He has been beating the racial bias drum since entering office, criticizing those from so called “****hole” countries, and continuing through fear mongering to try to return our country to the Joe McCarthy era where white men ran the show.
Sorry, Donald, you missed the bus on that one. You may have stacked the Supreme Court, but you won’t change the minds of thinking Americans. And like most bullies, you will come up against someone smaller and more determined. I believe Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Nancy Pelosi fit that role.
When Donald Trump speaks the rest of the world sees the epitome of the term “Ugly American”. He denigrates the rights of women, minorities, all people who care for human rights. As president, he seems to have forgotten that we are a nation of immigrants and that America has long been a bastion of freedom, not a gated community.
Larry Shepard

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