July 17, 2008
Scenes from the Border -- July 2008
UC San Diego summer student Teresa Johnson took these pictures at the border in San Ysidro, CA last week. It should all make us pause to think of what kind of world we are creating.
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One need not go to the border and lament the wall meant to send the appropriate message to Mexico to tell what kind of world is being created. Judging by the violence and corruption escalating on the Mexican border and shown as headlines in our news media, such a wall is perfectly justified. The wall is the product of the Mexican people's failure to cope with its socio-economic problems, and its drug and human smuggling trades. The wall is a commentary on the failure of Mexico, which is why the Mexicans object to it so much. Too bad professor, it doesn't seem that our national sovereignty will fall to your misguided open borders concept any time soon. This nation must protect its citizens who would otherwise be so much co-lateral damaged to your loony concept.
Posted by: Horace | Jul 17, 2008 8:11:02 PM
Oh if I could live in the professor's idealistic world. It is sad. John Lennon's "Imagine" still brings tears to my eyes. I admit it. And I struggled for years to come to the realization that a world where all live happily as one can never be. The reason, I believe, is greed. Greed that is never totally eliminated from our selves, no matter who we are. We are born 110% greedy, unable to consider anyone besides ourselves. As the years pass, hopefully, we move away from there and learn to share. But again, I don't believe that anyone is completely free of greed and greed level varies from one person to another.
From what I understand of history, greed has been the basis of all war. So the next hard pill to swallow is that war will never be eliminated. War is about one group protecting "what it has" from another who is trying to take it. The "what it has" can vary, and obviously sometimes boil down to simply an ideology.
I wish that things were not this way. But as suggested above I don't believe they will or can change. Since I have arrived at this conclusion it is now easier to realize that the United States is a sovereign nation that has the RIGHT to defend its borders and to define immigration laws. And those laws must be respected.
Hopefully no one will jump to the conclusion that I am some sort of right wing loon. I am married into a Mexican family, and have plans to retire in Mexico within five years. I differ from the previous writer, Horace, in that my studies of Latin American history and economics taught me that we (the U. S.) are to some degree responsible for the economic misery in the region. Nevertheless we cannot atone for the mistakes (greediness) of our forefathers. Lo hecho, hecho está. If the majority of the people do not agree with the immigration laws then the laws must and will be changed. But in the meantime, NO to open borders, and NO to amnesty for the millions who entered this country illiegally.
Posted by: Randy | Jul 19, 2008 11:41:44 AM