On Tuesday this week (June 24, 2017), newly-installed 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump, sent the following tweet to his 21.8 million followers on Twitter (and in so doing, to the world):
The loony left has used this Wall as some tangible proof of Trump’s “inherent racism”. Yet, they show absolute hypocrisy as they do – for you see, a wall already exists in part, has for decades, and you’ll be VERY surprised to learn:
- WHO REALLY ordered the original Wall to be built
- WHAT the original price tags was to build and maintain a Wall like this
- WHEN was it started, and WHERE the project is at now, and
- WHY the wall is even necessary in the first place?
[Editors note: We refer to it simply as the “Wall” from this point forward – a capitalized proper noun.]
“So we built the wall, and the whole wall was joined together up to half of its original height, for the people had a mind to work.” (Nehemiah 4:6, New American Standard Bible)
Ancient history seems to be repeating itself in our modern age as America faces Her greatest challenge in 2017 – the threat from “enemies, both foreign and domestic” – and anyone who has taken the Oath of Allegiance has sworn to protect America from such threats.
In around 605 BC, the civilized world was embroiled in a titanic conflict between great empires – the allied armies of Egypt and Syria (under Pharoah Necho II) were attacked by the armies of Babylonia (modern Iraq, led them by King Nebuchadnezzar II), who was allied with the Medes, Persians and the Scythians (who together form modern Iran). It was by far the greatest military conflict in the history of the Persian Gulf.
Somehow at that time, the little nation of Israel got caught in the middle of this conflict, and the Babylonians invaded Israel after Israel’s King Josiah had been killed, the Israelite army defeated, Jerusalem conquered and her walls destroyed. Over the next 70 years, the brain trust of Israel was deported to the Babylonian empire on a constant basis.
The parallels between little Israel and the United States today, in the context of this story, are more than a bit surreal. Like Israel, the United States found itself the victim of a great surprise attack on 9/11, leaving the symbolic walls of the nation torn down – and the American homeland has never been more vulnerable to future attacks than it is right now.
Like Israel, for decades America seemed to have no leadership motivated or inspired to rebuid those “symbolic walls” and bringing the US back into a position of full safety and security.
Enter Nehemiah in 445 BC.
A high official in the Persian court of King Artaxerxes I, Nehemiah served as the king’s cupbearer (Nehemiah 1:11), which evidently put him in a position to speak to the king and request favors from him. After hearing about the sad state of affairs in Judah (Israel’s southern Kingdom) Nehemiah acquired the king’s permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city and its fortifications. He is even given letters from the king to ensure safe passage and to obtain timber from the king’s forest for the gates and walls of Jerusalem.
Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem in 445 B.C. as the provincial governor of Judah. He immediately surveyed the damage to the entire city on his well-known night journey around the walls (Nehemiah 2:12–15). He enlisted the help of the people to quickly repair the breaches in the wall. He also urged them to set up guards to defend against the constant threat of those who opposed their efforts, including the armies of Samaria, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites.
Enter Donald Trump in 2016 A.D.
There are remarkable parallels between Donald Trump and Nehemiah of old. Mr. Trump has been a highly placed official in the United States business community, which also put him in a position through technology to speak to the people directly (as America has no king, the people control America’s destiny). Mr. Trump sought to inspire them (and on Election Day he acquired the people’s permission) to come to Washington to rebuild America and make Her great again. He also had surveyed the needs and announced that, like Nehemiah of old, a physical wall was needed to protect American interests.
In a January 25, 2017 New York Times story, Mr. Trump announced that construction on his Wall will commence as soon as possible, and enlisted America’s help to quickly build the same. Mr. Trump also urged Americans to be on guard against the constant threat of those who oppose their efforts, including neighbouring nations and terrorist groups worldwide.
Nehemiah said that he didn’t want to take advantage of food and land allotments that were due to his office because there was already such a great burden on the people of his province (Nehemiah 5:14–19). He also made the other nobles and officials forgive all outstanding debts and ordered them to return all land and money that had been taken as taxes so the people would be able to feed themselves and their families.
Donald Trump has also refused to take a Presidential salary if at all possible, following in the footsteps of the second-wealthiest President in U.S. history, George Washington, worth am estimated $500 million before he took office. Mr. Trump has also vowed to with the “nobles” in Congress and Senate to cut taxes, restoring the people to a place where they too can feed themselves and their families.
The hurried work of repairing and rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls and gates was completed by Nehemiah in just 52 days (Nehemiah 6:15). Another of Nehemiah’s accomplishments was to make a record and genealogy of all the nobles, officials and people who were then living in Judah.
Today, Donald Trump also has announced a plan to speedily build the wall between the United States and Mexico, and for the sake of general security, has suggested creating a record of certain of our cultural groups in the country that have been perceived as a direct threat in the past, so they can better be tracked while in the country – particularly the Muslim community – and to also deport those who were not in the country legally.
Now It Gets Really Crazy…
You are likely of the belief that this Wall running along the Southern border is a Trump concoction – and many of you believe it is a racist, right-wing, isolationist conspiracy that singles out particular people groups for open persecution from America.
That narrative is all nonsense. Every nation on earth with the exception of America seems to have the right to keep whoever they want out and let on whoever they want in floods. But worn enemies of America have used Her greatest strength as a weakness: flapping the Constitution in Her face and declaring that they cannot be held back… from what we have found out later were some diabolical plans against Her!
The Leftist media, and the Liberal (Canada) and Democratic (US) Parties have made this Wall the ‘Trump Plan’, making him the lightning rod for their deep-seated, propaganda-fueled, revisionist history in the process.
We’re not letting them get away with it. For you see, dear friends, this Wall is not a new idea. It’s not even HIS idea. In fact, it’s not even a new barrier construction project along the Southern border – Reuters reported in October 2009 that, of the 1,989 miles of border between the US and Mexico…
A “fence” already exists on 660 miles (33.2%, or almost exactly 1/3) of the Mexican-US border. Not “under construction” or “in planning”, either. Those portions have already been completed.
And no friends, the United States has not found anyone else so far to pay for it. They don’t have President Trump’s negotiation skills. Nor did they apparently have Donald Trump’s ability to manage large construction projects or to oversee budgets to ensure that things were built in a cost-effective manner.
What you are about to learn, however, is that the Clinton narrative about this Wall being a dumb Trump idea is nonsense…
… because in September 1994, President Bill Clinton introduce the same Wall idea, called Operation Gatekeeper, which included $800 million for border guards, as well as a 10 foot high “fence” (they took pains not to call it a “wall”) in places that would go 8 5/8 miles from the Pacific coast, cutting between the cities of Tijuana and San Ysidro, CA. – the busiest border crossing in the world.
In May 1999 I stayed a block from that Wall and watched as nightly, hundreds of people would line up with their wire cutters, blow torches or bolt cutters, to cut through the wall and escape. They didn’t have to be the fastest runner in the group – just faster than most of the rest caught soon after. And according to recent media reports, every hole cut in the wall costs $1,300 to fix – over 20 years, that’s $6.5 BILLION, because some of their “fence”. According to the New York Times, the Clinton fence at that time cost between $16 million and $21 million A MILE. President Trump couldn’t do worse than that, but he surely can do better.
The Clinton barriers were built as part of three larger “Operations” to taper transportation of illegal drugs manufactured in Latin America and immigration: Operation Gatekeeper in California (above), Operation Hold-the-Line in Texas, and Operation Safeguard in Arizona. And why did they build the Wall then that they somehow didn’t think we needed still now?
Ninety-six-point-six (96.6) per cent of apprehensions by the Border Patrol in 2010 occurred at the southwest border. The number of Border Patrol apprehensions declined 61% from 1,189,000 in 2005 to 723,840 in 2008 to 463,000 in 2010. Great to see the reductions, but SERIOUSLY, 463,000 illegal immigrants in one year from Mexico alone? And that’s the ones they CAUGHT.
The decrease in apprehensions may be due to a number of factors including changes in U.S. economic conditions and border enforcement efforts. Border apprehensions in 2010 were at their lowest level since 1972.
Folks, regardless of the political nonsense, the wall is happening, the wall is here, the wall is for your benefit. And as we see from the voting record in the U.S. Senate to the right, President Clinton thought the Wall/Fence was important, and Senator Clinton voted in favor of it.
By Shawn J., Founding Editor
Calling Out Community
Posted January 26, 2017