Admit It ~ Anyone Who's Not 'We' Is Them And Who Likes 'Them'

The Statue of Liberty welcomes the world’s people to our shores, but truth be told we’ve been building walls more than bridges for generations. It was clear from the start when those who settled here first suspected anyone who wanted to come after wards. For ugly details, ask Catholics, Irish, Italians, Asians, and now Latinos.

With another football season here, ‘we’ will be out there cheering our team and booing ‘them.’ It’s just the way it is when it comes to football fans and Americans. As a matter of fact, we just spent $18 billion last year on immigration and border enforcement — more than the combined budgets of the FBI, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
This is putting our money where our national paranoia is!

There have been other walls throughout history. Like the Chinese Great Wall…the Romans’ Hadrian Wall …the castle walls of the Middle Ages…the French Maginot Line….the Berlin Wall. In each instance they were built not when the builders were at their peak of success, but rather their depth of fear.

Our country has looked at our two natural borders (the Atlantic and Pacific) with the isolationist conclusion: we’re safe here, let the rest of the world go to hell! Trouble is in today’s age of inter continental missiles, no one’s safe.

So maybe it’s true — the best protection is in the strength of our ideas rather than our walls. As we ponder upcoming battles with the Packers, Jets and 49ers, yes we’re going to need a strong defense; but no less so an aggressive offense. A playbook of ideas that will not only win games, but when necessary win wars.

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