The Wall - Impenetrable By Truth

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The wall. The magical wall across our southern border. The wall that will remedy our problems and keep the undesirables out, disease at bay, and rapists and drug dealers away from our cities and our neighborhoods. An impenetrable wall to keep us away from the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and from the wretched refuse of society as defined and identified by minds without empathy, morality or integrity

THE WALL -- IMPENETRABLE by TRUTH

By Al Garcia

The wall.  The magical wall across our southern border.  The wall that will remedy our problems and keep the undesirables out, disease at bay, and rapists and drug dealers away from our cities and our neighborhoods.  An impenetrable wall to keep us away from the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and from the wretched refuse of society as defined and identified by minds without empathy, morality or integrity.

Time, money, deception and falsehoods have delayed the erection of the wall that will forever define, explain and expose us as hypocrites and charlatans of the very democracy that we have been espousing and advocating to the world since the founding of our nation.  The political dynamics that has brought our nation to this time and place in history, has fostered a sense of anarchy within our American psyche, and devalued the currency of our American values and principles.

The idea of building walls to divide and to separate is not new nor visionary.  It is the simple ageless strategy of distinguishing “us” from “them,” and nothing more.  And in America, we had come to learn from our mistakes and our triumphs, how to ignore, reject, and even how to demolish our man-made walls that once separated and divided us, one from the other.  That realization occurred at the time of America’s greatness.  A time that promised us hope for tomorrow, and a time that inspired our imagination, our ingenuity and our convictions.  For we had learned from history, that the walls that man builds eventually come tumbling down. 

Today, we are witnessing the consequences of division and of separation, without ever having built the great wall on our southern border to divide “us” from “them.”  The rhetoric of hate, distortion, lies and deceit has inflamed the dormant shadows and ghosts of our past.  And today, we find ourselves divided into “us” and “them” within our own borders, when once not very long ago, we were simply one united America.  Not perfect.  Not faultless.  But nonetheless a melting pot of people of different faiths, ethnicities and cultures, all striving together for our common good.  And, in the process, we inspired the nations and the peoples around us.

There is a wall, but it is not at the southern border.  Rather, it is a wall erected by prejudice, bigotry, racism and intolerance.  It is a mental barrier taller than any physical wall, wider than any river, and longer than any natural border could ever be.  It is a wall built inside our minds, impenetrable to truth or facts.  It is a return to the age of ignorance and self-deceit.  It is an attempt to turn back the hands of time, but breaking the clock in the process.  We know better than to do that.  We are better than that.  We were, and are, a forward-thinking and a forward-looking society.  And yet, we find ourselves in the tangled web that weak minds weave, simply because they can, without resistance or opposition.

It is time to reclaim and regain the reins of our democracy.  It is time to start tearing down the wall that separates “us” from “them.”  It was done before.  We can do it again.  It is enough to simply know that truth does not fear misinterpretation or misunderstanding.  Truthful words do not have to be explained or defended.  And, while facts sometimes reveal unwanted truths, it is knowing the actuality of things that makes possible the impossible. 

We cannot let ourselves be led into the darkness by small conspiratorial minds that cannot see the brilliance of our democracy or the radiance of our brotherhood.  It is men and women of courage, wisdom, strength and conviction that laid down the foundation of our democracy.  And it will take a renewal of their commitment, their courage and their wisdom, for America to reaffirm its pledge and its promise to the new generation of dreamers waiting to take the torch that has long illuminated America’s path to greatness. 

May we weather the approaching storm with dignity and nobility, as true patriots.  And may truth penetrate the wall and the barrier that men have built inside their minds.


Submitted: May 25, 2021

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