Walker is crazier than Trump if he thinks a wall on the Canadian Border is a legitimate issue
What is it about immigration that turns conservatives into raving lunatics? We all remember Donald Trump’s nativist and racist remarks on undocumented immigrants from the beginning of the summer, right? Of course, that was just the beginning.
We then heard Trump’s plan to deport them all and build a giant wall on the Mexican border (and get Mexico to pay for it.) Then we heard of his intended challenge to the 14th amendment and birthright citizenship. What could possibly top all that? I mean, aside from the conservative radio pundit who wants to enslave them all?
Enter Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Trailing far behind in the polls and begging for some media attention, the Republican presidential contender appeared on Meet the Press Sunday. When asked about the idea of a wall on the Canadian border he replied:
“Some people have asked us about that (idea) in New Hampshire. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law-enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town-hall meetings about a week and a half ago… So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”
Now, I’m not sure what Walker was thinking, if he was thinking, but perhaps he’s never actually looked at a map. The Canadian/American Border is the longest international border in the world. From Alaska/Yukon to Maine/New Brunswick, it is 8,891 kilometers (5,525 mi) long. A fully built wall would be longer than the Great Wall of China.
Comedian Lewis Black once joked that in order to get the economy going, America should invest in a large public works project where a massive wall would be built along the Canadian Border in order to keep the cold air out of the United States. Perhaps this is the Republican way of competing with China? The biggest
balls wall wins?
Now it’s obvious that Walker is more concerned about terrorists crossing the northern border than undocumented immigrants. Since the Canadian Dollar’s bottom fell out with the price of oil, Canadians aren’t even shopping in the U.S. anymore let alone hopping the fence.
Still, terrorism is a concern. Despite the fact that there has never been a successful cross border terrorism plot. The most famous of which was ‘Millennium Bomber‘ Ahmed Ressam, who was stopped by an alert border guard in Washington State, not a massive wall in the middle of the forest.
Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who was born and raised near the Canadian border said “Election season always brings out crazy ideas, but this is one of the craziest.”
It would seem the fear spewing out of Republicans and Fox News is catching up with them, forcing them to consider unrealistic ideas and making them appear a little insane. Sean Hannity was speaking to Jorge Ramos about the Donald Trump incident last week when the subject of border walls came up. Ramos asked Hannity “You’re going to do it at the border with Mexico, but how about the 5,000 miles between the U.S. and Canada?” The conservative TV host replied: “I would do it up there, too. I would do it up there, too.”
Maybe Scott Walker just watches too much bad television? To be fair, Walker’s campaign is now saying he does not endorse the building of Canadian wall. Still, I’m curious to see if any more candidates go further into deranged detail on building up Fortress America. At the very least, Republicans are finally talking about infrastructure…