By Royce J.
A Brief History of Walls
In the 1980’s, President Raegan implored Soviet President Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall!” In the early 1990’s, just after David Hasselhoff finished dancing atop it, the wall came down. In the 2000’s, many Americans were occupying Wall Street, and now in 2019, we’re left with a crippling political standoff, the country crowded around the ring while Speaker Pelosi and President Trump grapple with one another to see who will be the first to say “Uncle” in this partisan wrestling match.
The Real Wall
The new border wall may have yet to be erected, but the bricks are being laid in the real wall each day: the hulking structure which divides the right from the left.
Since the constitution passed in 1787, there have been federalists taking on anti-federalists, southern plantation owners vs. northern abolitionists, backers of silver coinage pitted against the gold standard, and war hawks squawking with doves over Vietnam strategy.
What George Washington once referred to as “The Great American Experiment,” our political ideal has always borne two faces. These days, those faces can’t even look each other in the eye as our wall of agendas grows higher and higher, threatening to collapse on the right and left alike, leaving the country more vulnerable than any border could ever be.