Deroy Murdock at Fox argues that Trump ought to go all out in his State of the Union address to persuade the country that a wall on the southern border fights crime, protects national security, and thereby advances the rule of law. I’d like to know how a wall at the southern border advances the rule of law. Don’t use SOTU theater to show people how you respect the law. It won’t work. Not even Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters believe the president cares about law.
Every year, presidents invite their favored heroes to sit in the gallery, so they can wave at them during their speech, and praise their contributions to our great country. Who will it be this year? Perhaps he would like to load the gallery up with dozens of children who cannot find their parents. Next to them, he could add dozens of parents who cannot find their children. Make sure they smile slightly during the camera shots, but not broadly. Atmosphere and appearances count.
When the theater part of the speech arrives, Trump could gesture grandly at the gallery and say, with heartfelt sympathy for their plight, “If these people had encountered a wall when they tried to cross the border, they would not be in their current situation. Children would be with their parents. Parents would be with their children. You Democrats sitting in front of me have done this to these families. If you had not neglected security at our southern border, these families would still be together!”
If these people had encountered a wall when they tried to cross the border, they would not be in their current situation.
Now that would be some impressive theater. Closeups of the children while Republicans clap would be outstanding. Then pan over to parents weeping, brushing away tears. No one would ever forget it. We would remember Trump as the most compassionate of presidents, like Lincoln at Gettysburg, while Democrats would never recover from the president’s public scolding, their dereliction as the country protects itself from waves of refugees.
For Trump, border security means setting up concentration camps – tent cities with cages – to imprison children his officers have taken from their parents. They wait there until the Office of Refugee Resettlement finds a foster family, perhaps in another state, who will take them in. It used to work that way, until Jeff Sessions bragged about the policy, and praised officers for their contribution to the hard work of family separation. Now family separation is a policy in limbo, so people simply sit in the camps, until the feds figure out their next move. One decision is easy to make: ask for more money to maintain and supply the prisons, build the wall, and train new officers. We have to keep the developing police state in the southwest moving forward.
Meantime, get those gallery invitations for the State of the Union out. This address to the nation has to move forward, too!
“Standing before leaders in all three branches of the federal government, Trump will have at least an hour to explain the need for a wall to advance broader border security, the rule of law, and national security and to prevent crime and control deadly drugs. Trump repeatedly can point to his guests in the House gallery who will embody his points.”
“On national security, Trump should introduce the Border Patrol agent who arrested Mukhtar Ahmad and Muhammad Azeem just north of Tijuana in September 2015. Both of these Pakistani illegal aliens were on terrorist watch lists. On fighting crime, Trump should welcome Reggie Singh, the bereaved brother of Newman, Calif., police corporal Ronil Singh. An illegal alien with a rap sheet fatally shot Singh just after Christmas night.”