Let's talk about walls.
"The Wall" was a masterpiece album released in late 1979 by legendary progressive rock group Pink Floyd. The double album featured some fantastic compositions, intriguing artwork and top-notch production techniques. Its theme pertained to a psychological wall -- one blocking human emotion and communication -- and the resulting anguish and struggles.
Most of us would agree: Walls hindering interpersonal communication and forcing humans to keep painful emotions bottled up inside are destructive and can lead to depression, substance abuse, suicide and myriad other behavioral issues.
And while on the subject of symbolic walls, how about the infamous "wall" prohibiting intelligence and law enforcement agencies (i.e., the CIA and FBI, respectively) from sharing information. Clinton administration Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick implemented this disastrous policy just two years after the first World Trade Center bombing, and a good case can be made that Jamie's Wall facilitated and enabled the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Walls, it is apparent, can be destructive and counterproductive. But often they are vital and absolutely beneficial (think prison walls, or flood protection walls in low-lying residential areas). In some cases, walls save lives and provide relative peace of mind.
Take, for example, Hadrian's Wall in England, built by second century Roman Emperor Hadrian to protect the Britannia province from barbarian invasion. Or the Great Wall of China, a series of fortifications connected to protect ancient the ancient Chinese empire from the Mongols and other invading marauders from the Eurasian Steppe.
So, you may wonder, what is this meandering treatise leading up to?
The answer: a wall as long as 2,000 miles proposed for the U.S.-Mexican border.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has promised to complete such a wall, on time and within budget, to help stem the deluge of illegal aliens flooding across our border and adversely affecting our security, economy, fiscal state, and quality of life.
The smug elites of academia and the media have predictably mocked Trump, and many of the RINOs making up the giant cast of GOP presidential candidates have reacted with cynicism and criticism. Again, there is none so blind as those who will not see.
For a couple of decades, we have employed high-tech gadgets -- radar, cameras, sensors, drones, et al -- and a variety of policies to stem the influx of illegals across our porous border. Often, design deficiencies and equipment malfunctions due in part to excessive heat and sunlight have hampered the high-tech equipment. And it goes without saying that human error and policy failures are all too common, the Mexican border not excepted.
So Trump's proposal is to complete the wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a structure now about 650 miles long. Look at it this way: The project probably would be replete with the typical shortcomings of major infrastructure undertakings: cost overruns, design failures, bureaucratic delays and the like. But it at least would stanch the swamp of illegals running roughshod over our borders. At least it signifies some resolve in putting a stop to a destructive invasion that is pushing our country further into decline with each passing day.
Granted, there are myriad immigration problems that need to be resolved in conjunction with construction of a barrier, including deciding what to do with the 10-to-20 million illegals already in the United States, preventing visitors from overstaying visas, and resolving the "anchor baby" issue of foreign women traveling to the United States to give birth so that they and their offspring can automatically become U.S. citizens.
But make no mistake, the burden illegals place on our schools, hospitals, social service programs, law enforcement and criminal justice system are considerable. Yet all of these are symptoms of the border sieve. Trump is simply serving as a sort of Hans Brinker, attempting to plug a dike hole with his finger to stop the leaking. Only, truth be told, it's more like jamming piles of sandbags, rocks and dirt into a major breach of a dike. The problem is massive; its consequences profound. Time is short, and decisiveness is necessary.
And lest we forget, in this age of fundamentalist, extremist Islam and nutjob jihadists champing at the bit to harm Americans and America, sealing up our southern border is also a national security matter. There is already ample evidence that Middle Eastern terrorists have entered our country through the Mexican border, and have formed mutually beneficial alliances with South and Central American gangs and drug runners.
More power to Trump on this issue. We are almost to the point of no return, and if we don't stop the hemorraging, we won't have a country left to save.