Building new border wall could make for another wonderful reality TV show

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There has been a lot of discussion about President Trump’s proposed/promised wall along America’s southern border. I would think that the logic of building such a barrier to the illegal entry of people and/or drugs into America would be more than sufficient to justify building the wall. I have lost count of the number of times we have heard some considerably less feasible government proposal “justified” by the phrase, “If it saves just one life, it will be worth it…”

After considerable thought and pondering, I have devised a plan which I feel would not only expedite the building of the wall but substantially decrease the overall cost of construction. I realize that not being a professional engineer, I may not have every detail covered. But then, what’s a large government construction project without a few unforeseen issues and cost overruns?

It has been my observation that most people tend to ignore much of what affects others (elected officials often being the worst to do so) until they themselves are directly affected. While I am sure that I am occasionally guilty of this phenomenon, I do attempt to see most things from more than one perspective. With that concept in mind, it occurred to me recently that the perfect way for President Trump to gain Congressional support for the proposed border wall would be to sign an Executive Order to relocate the U.S. Capitol Building to the southwest New Mexico / southeast Arizona area.

For additional “inspiration” I suggest declaring the new Capitol building and grounds a “Gun-Free Zone” so that anyone crossing the border illegally is not offended by the presence of armed security guards protecting our senators and representatives. I predict that there would be overwhelming congressional support for the border wall within the first week.

Unlike most average citizens who propose government projects, I have also devised a plan to help reduce the overall cost of constructing the wall. Since some of the fiercest resistance to building the wall along the border comes from liberal elites living inside gated communities, residing behind their own smaller neighborhood walls, we simply tear down all those walls and transport the salvaged materials to the border.

Ben and Erin Napier have demonstrated considerable talents for making new things out of materials salvaged from old things. I suggest letting them design and supervise the building of the Border Wall using the materials salvaged from the previously demolished gated-community walls. I even envision the potential for yet another reality-based TV show. I can foresee significant interest in BWTV (Border Wall Tele-Vision). With enough viewership, revenue from advertising could go a long way toward paying for construction of the wall.

I can’t believe I’m the only one who has thought of it.

Fred Pittman

Ellisville