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Monday, October 30, 2006

Another Mark Missing Comparison

From your friends on the left comes this weeks new comparison, one that completely misses the mark.

From the Current President and his Elected successor in Mexico to Mikhail Gorbachev , to Democrats all over America, the 700 mile border fence that was brought to life with a signature on a bill last week is being called the new "Berlin Wall".

Of course, they are all as wrong as they can get, but it hasn't stopped folks from using the phrase.

Mexico's President Elect Calderon said in an interview a few days ago:

..He deplored the move because "the fence doesn't resolve anything" and will cause more Mexican deaths on the border.

"Humanity committed a grave mistake in building the Berlin Wall.
I'm sure that the United States is committing a grave mistake in building this

While it sounds great, it's untrue, the US is doing the right thing in building the fence. Maybe President Elect Calderon will be more successful than his predecessors in raising the standard of living in his country so people aren't trying to escape. Until he, or another Mexican leader is able to do that we shouldn't pay the price for their nations economic ineptitude. When Mexican's feel safe, and as though they can get a decent job in their own country, then they'll quit dying trying to cross the border.

Bryan Kennedy, running for congress in Wisconsin has used the same phrase according to a columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . Others are starting to utter it in campaign stops in many states.

The truth is, it's not the Berlin Wall, or even close. As Cody Herche at Legal Redux pointed out a few days back:
The Berlin Wall was designed to keep people in. West Germans were trying desperately to escape the terrible conditions in their country and would risk everything to cross the Wall and perhaps have a better life on the other side. The proposed border fence, on the other hand, is built to keep people out. The United States is trying to preserve the integrity of its borders and is using a wall to keep citizens who have no right to be here out of our country.
It goes even farther than that, however. The Berlin Wall split to sections of a city that for centuries had been one city; splitting family members who just weeks earlier could legally walk to each others homes.

The US-Mexican border fence will, on one hand, split some families; but it isn't creating new "legalities" for crossing the border. Crossing anywhere along the 700 miles it will run has been illegal since that area became part of the US.

The legal ways of visiting and entering the US aren't affected at all by the fence, unlike the Berlin Wall. If anything, it strengthens that legal aspect of getting into the country, it doesn't diminish it as the Berlin Wall did.

No, the border fence isn't like the Berlin Wall at all, it's more like the security fence at a company. There are ways to get in to visit the company, there are even ways to get in and get a job. However, crawling over the fence to a company's property probably isn't the way to get hired; any more than sneaking across a border should be a path to citizenship.

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Blogger shoprat said...

facts are irrelevant when it comes to politics. You know that. If they want it to be like the Berlin Wall, then facts be damned, it's the Berlin Wall.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

rofl, you are correct on that one, Educated One.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

I agree that the Berlin Wall comparison is unfair.

However, if you really think this fence is going to be built, you ought to look at the funding details. Oh, wait there aren't any. I guess it sounds nice though.

Just in time for the election.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

So, really, Calderon is just pissed that we're trying to make it more difficult for him to de-populate his poverty infested country, and more difficult for those who fund crooked Mexican politicians to get drugs across the border, and most of all, more difficult for the Mexican government to use these people to bring cold-hard US cash back into Mexico after they're done for the season... How many Pesos per Dollar?

8:27 PM  

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