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Mr. President, Put Up That Wall


Of all the Judeo-Christian virtues, the one that utterly baffles me is humility. I mean, what is in it for me? In observing our 45th President the past year or so, I believe he too shares my skepticism about humility. Charity? Sure. Kindness? But of course. Yet, humility? I cannot see any benefit for me in practicing humility, and I am pretty sure Donald Trump thinks similarly. In fact, I dare say he has never even tried practicing humility. Certainly I have not. Nor have I tried Chinese cuisine, which, by the way, has no known dessert.

Over the past few days I have watched our President respond to calumnies directed at him by a past employee who, while in the White House, dressed like a garbage man and by a glabrous hoaxer who has already admitted that his rude book about the Trump Administration abounds with falsehoods. Yet he published it anyway.

The President remains unruffled, angry yes, but calm. In fact, over the weekend he tweeted: “Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.” Whereupon he once again poked fun at “Crooked Hillary.” I wonder how she responded. Possibly she threw a lamp at Bill.

The President has every reason to be rather high on himself. He is a self-made businessman, a billionaire. He has been successful on television, and the first time he ran for high office he won the highest office in the land. In his first year in office he has created a vibrant economy, made extensive appointments to the federal judiciary (in fact, he has made more appeals court appointments in one year than any president has since the appeals court was established in 1891), deregulated on a vast scale, got his tax reform through with the elimination of the Obama era mandate, and now he is starting on immigration reform and the building of his promised wall. What is there to be humble about?

He amassed some of his wealth as a builder. Actually, I believe he is the only American president who made a fortune as a builder. George Washington may have built a shack or two on his estates, for he was pretty much a self-made man too, but I expect Donald Trump even transcended George as a builder. Now the 45th President wants to make good on his promise to build a wall across on our southern border to keep out the jihadists, the drug gangs, and the illegal aliens — all promising members of the Democratic coalition. Why would anyone gainsay him? Law enforcement can surveil some immigrants but keeping an eye on all of them is out of the question.

His wall is a part of his overall immigration policy, which is intended to fix our “broken” immigration system. Before President Trump entered the White House illegal immigrants were overwhelming our southern border. Now, even without a wall the number of illegals has declined. They know that Donald keeps his promises. Already he is demanding alterations in immigration policy to end “chain immigration” by which legal immigrants can bring in members of their extended family, often dozens of family members, many with fictitious connections to them.

Then too he wants to end extending immigration to foreigners based on their winning a lottery pick that allows unskilled or low skilled people into the country. It is part of a “diversity” program that is open to people who come from countries with historically low immigration rates to the United States. Presumably their claim to a green card is that so few people from their country have ever wanted to live here. What kind of recommendation for citizenship is that?

Candidate Trump argued that a country that cannot control its borders has very little claim to being a country. He might also argue that a country that does not demand anything else from would-be immigrants than the luck of the draw or a “diverse” background is not much of a country either. In the 21st century, with terrorism arising all around the world and many of the terrorists aiming their invidious weapons against the United States, I think it is time to bring our immigration standards up to date. Immigrants ought to demonstrate a love of America before they arrive here. Let them demonstrate some knowledge of the land they might be adopting.

Last week President Trump spoke of building a wall costing eighteen billion dollars. He also spoke of reviving the confusing immigration laws. Go to it, Mr. President, and, by the way, develop a dress code for the White House. Be wary of shabbily dressed counselors.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief ofThe American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: The Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.
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