by Rebecca Solnit
Reposted from Facebook
Because there is no crisis at the border,
Because $5 billion will not build the whole wall,
Because it would take a decade to build the wall,
Because the landowners' rights on the border mean the wall cannot be built,
Because even an attempt to do so would involve hundreds of eminent domain lawsuits that would go for years,
Because a wall can be sawed through, climbed over, and tunneled under, and the existing segments already have,
Because there is no border between Texas and Mexico, only a river,
Because a river is the opposite of a wall, a gathering place, a place where many kinds of life come together, flourish, are renewed,
Because from Texas to the Oregon border, much of what is now the US southwest was Mexico and no honorable principle, only strongarming in a shitty war, is why it's not, and because the flourishing of Latino culture is dissolving the border in beautiful ways and perhaps making the lonely USA at last part of the Americas,
Because aside from being impossible a wall would be an environmental disaster,
Because the majority of undocumented immigrants here didn't cross the border; they overstayed their visas,
Because undocumented immigrants probably cultivated and picked some of the food you ate today and otherwise are crucial to our economy,
Because refugees have the right to be here, and because taking in refugees is, or was, one of the noblest principles of this country,
Because the violence in our society is almost entirely homegrown and the people who want the wall also want to protect that violence as guns, as patriarchy, as white supremacy, as homophobia, as hyperindividualism,
Because the threats to our society include climate change and poverty (and people are losing their housing because of the shutdown, which is also making food less safe and transportation less safe and creating mass suffering),
Because the drug crisis is about us here, not them there, from domestic manufacture and distribution to the immense appetite for numbing and oblivion that drugs offer,
Because he's really building a wall around his vulnerability to official and unofficial scrutiny of his high crimes, misdemeanors, emolumentary grabs, scams, conflicts of interest, sex charges, and a few other things like that,
We are all hostages, kidnapped in a stupid game with no end in sight, since the wall is impossible as well as immoral as well as destructive.
By a man who bankrupted business after business and is now intent on bankrupting a nation, though he doesn't know that's what he's doing, because he never knows what he's doing.
And by the senatorial snapping turtle who in order to protect the Republican agenda has systematically violated all the rules and ethics of his office. The snapping turtle knows what he's doing.