Something there is that doesn’t love a wall…–Robert Frost
Build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it–DJT
A proverb is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience.
In America, even Donald Trump can be President.–proverb
The ten crimes of China’s Qin dynasty:
Abolition of feudalism.
Building the Great Wall.
Melting down the people’s weapons.
Building too many palaces.
Building the emperor’s tomb.
Seeking immortality drugs.
Banishing the crown prince.
Inflicting cruel punishments.
Sadly, it is easier for historians to understand and document the mistakes of former civilizations than for today’s rulers to see how to avoid them.
The Great Wall of China, Hadrian’s wall, the Berlin Wall, Israel’s wall–they have one thing in common: long-term, to my limited knowledge, they solved no serious problem.
- Hadrian’s wall may have been built to keep the Roman Army occupied and physically fit. It may have served to regulate trade with the North and collect taxes.
- The Great Wall may never have served a serious military purpose. It certainly didn’t prevent centuries of disastrous wars in China.
- The Berlin wall is an enduring symbol of oppression. As soon as could be, it was torn down.
- Israel’s wall may facilitate illegal occupation of the West Bank, but it certainly hasn’t brought peace.
If Trump’s wall were built of stones, by the army using hand tools, it might serve the purpose of keeping our soldiers fit and thus be worth the cost.