We read about the Great Wall of China in our history books. A wall that spans along the northern border of China designed and intended to protect China from invasions from the north from various nomadic groups that used the Eurasian Steppe. This is dated as far back as the 7th century B.C.

The Germans had a similar idea with the infamous Berlin wall; construction of it began August 13, 1961. Unlike the Great Wall of China it was designed to mostly keep its people in, while the latter was designed to keep its enemies out. Since the wall was built it helped mitigate emigration of its people, even though 100,000 attempted to leave, only 5,000 were success, and over 200 lost their life trying.

In the mid to late 80's the United States and Russia made significant strides toward democracy, and ultimately ending the Cold War era, or at least thawing it. Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev were the leaders at the time of the United States and Russia. These two fine gentlemen were perhaps the best leaders for the people that their countries have seen for some time.

Arriving in Berlin on June 12, 1987 President Reagan gave the famous speech;

"We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

Let’s fast-forward to late 2016 and the start of 2017. We are now under the leadership of two completely different Presidents, with completely different agendas.

In his speeches as he ran for President he often spoke of building a wall on the southern border with Mexico;

"I will build a great wall -- and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me --and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."

On January 25, 2017 now President Trump signed Executive Order 13767, titled "Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements" designed to direct that a wall to be built along the Mexico–United States border.

Trump has repeatedly said that Mexico will pay for the construction of the border wall, but did not explain how the U.S. government would compel Mexico to do so. Trump has also stated that "there will be a payment; it will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form". The Mexican government has rejected Trump's statements and has rejected the idea of Mexico funding construction of a wall. I'm glad to see the Mexican government is thinking about their people.

How much more alienation will we encounter as a country as President Trump continues to work with keeping his campaign promises. I'm not really sure what is more offensive to me; the majority of the American people that elected him, or the fact that he has and continues to undermine everything that the United States has stood for, something that history has shown.



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