While Donald Trump calls for a wall along America’s southern border in the interests of national security, our country’s Secretary of State says “not so fast.” And to a point, he’s right. Or… is he?
The Washington Examiner reported on a recent commencement speech given by John Kerry:
“Many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11,” he said. “There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousands of miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while they target others.”
“So I think that everything that we’ve lived and learn tells us that we will never come out on top if we accept advice from sound-bite salesmen and carnival barkers who pretend the most powerful country on Earth can remain great by looking inward,” Kerry added. “And hiding behind walls at a time that technology has made that impossible to do and unwise to even attempt.”
Kerry didn’t mention Trump by name, but Trump has repeatedly called for a wall on the southern U.S. border, and many Democrats, and some Republicans, have taken to calling him a carnival barker.
Kerry also seemed to dismiss the importance of national borders, and said technology has reshaped the world into one that the U.S. must engage at the risk of being left behind. He said Trump and others who want to look inward are making a mistake, even in the face of rising tension and violence in the world.
To an extent, Secretary Kerry is right. There is nothing we can do to guarantee our country will never suffer any terrorist attack of any kind whatsoever. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do what we can to keep our nation safe. And if walls are so ineffective, why don’t we take down the fence around the White House and see how that goes?
Not to mention the “no borders” thing… without borders, there is no sovereignty. Without sovereignty, there are no laws. Without laws, we have a world in chaos.
Nice try, Secretary Kerry. But we’ll keep our borders and God willing, we’ll build a wall. No worries, though. You’ll be retired by then so you can just sit back and watch us succeed.