President Donald Trump has got it wrong about his wall. He should be made to shut up about it, before someone decides to shut him up, full stop.
Those were the words of social commentator Myke Woodson this morning after Mr Trump went on TV to appeal to the American people about his godamned fucking wall, an idea so ridiculous, that if there were a God - if there were a God - He would strike down Trump the Idiot in one fell swoop, and banish his sorry ass out into the furthest reaches of the universe.
Thing is, there isn't a God, so we're stuck with Trump.
Despite this, says Woodson, the idea that a man, who is nothing more than a man, can decree that other men, born on the same surface of the same planet as Trump, are not allowed to encroach onto the part of the Earth that Trump has chosen to live on, is, frankly, bizarre, and should be resisted, in the fullest sense.
Wasn't it Rousseau who said:
"The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said "This is mine," and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody."?
Sure, put up some fences to show people the plot on which you have decided to live, but don't go thinking you can prevent anyone else from moving into the locality, onto land that is currently unoccupied, because you would be doing so against what might be called, Natural Law.
I was born on Planet Earth. The place I was born is known as 'Kingston upon Hull', in the country known as 'England'. The land of England is connected to other places, such as one known as 'France', by a strip of land that is currently underwater. This area of water is known as 'The English Channel'. despite being covered with seawater, this land exists, and, should the water recede, and expose the land to sunlight, it might prove difficult to know where 'English territory' ended, and where, for example, 'French territory' began. In the same way, if seawater were to rise (as it is doing), and cover the area now known as the 'US/Mexico border', and an area of both 100 miles north and south of it, what then?
What is a country? I mean it. I believe it is an idea, only. An idea originated by men, and observed only by men. The birds do not know about the existence of countries, and neither do fish, ants or flowers. Trees do not know, nor do they have to. Even if tigers knew of the existence of countries, it is doubtful they would pay much attention to 'border principles' or 'immigration etiquette'. Only humans are bound by these ludicrous rules which limit their movement over the land. On whose authority is a human person refused permission to enter a 'country'? Which one of us is able to make that decision? Even if such a prohibition is made with the support of other people living in the prohibiting 'country', I think we are on ''extremely dodgy ground', if you'll pardon the pun, trying to prevent the entrance of anyone to places we want to keep for ourselves.
And if any of those people supporting a block on immigration to their 'country', offer such irrelevant excuses for it such as the infrastructure being unable to support an influx, an appropriate response might be to ask them what they plan to do when their current home becomes a part of the floodplain.
Whose infrastructure will they depend on at that point? Won't it be likely that they may seek out some new way to survive somewhere else? Somewhere else other than the place where they were born? And somewhere else other than the place they feel is 'theirs', and where they are currently preventing other people from living? Somewhere else currently inhabited by the people they are currently referring to as 'illegal immigrants'. Rather than looking at less fortunate people, and saying, "Keep out! We don't want you here!", might it not be better to put ourselves in their position, and consider how we would feel if the roles were reversed?
Regardless of opinion, the Rousseau quote needs a second reading; the Earth doesn't belong, it just is.
Take note, Mr. Trump.