A Non-Political, Non-Critical Letter to Trump

Sunny Frazier 2Returning guest blogger Sunny Frazier, whose first novel in the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries, Fools Rush In, received the Best Novel Award from Public Safety Writers Association, is here today to talk about walls and the part they have played in history.

The third Christy Bristol Astrology Mystery, A Snitch in Time, was released on January 24, 2015.

sunny69@comcast.net   //  http://www.sunnyfrazier.com

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Dear Mr. Trump (may I call you The Donald?),

You’ve stated you can build a taller wall, a better wall to separate us from our Southern neighbors. I believe this is true. You have the money, the resources and the pull to do it. However, I would like to point out examples of incredible and historical walls in the past.

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

The Chinese started building the Great Wall of China in the 7th century BC. It’s 13,171 miles long. Built out of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood and other stuff, its purpose was to stop raids and invasions, control trade and immigration. However, the Mongols raided regularly and the Ming Dynasty spent an awful lot of yen to repair and reinforce the wall. Finally the Manchus penetrated and the jig was up.

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

The building of Hadrian’s Wall (aka the Roman Wall, Picts’ Wall and Vallum Hadriani) began in 122 AD. It was a defensive fortification built of a stone base and walls, limestone, timber and earth. But, it had very cool turrets and a fort about every 5 miles. It was 73 miles long, 9.8 feet wide and 16 to 20 feet high. People think it was on the border of Scotland, but it was all in Britain. It was meant to “keep intact” the Roman empire and separate the Romans from immigration of those undesirable barbarians—you know, the kind that rape and kill. It was also there to make a political point and show how powerful Rome was. In the end, Rome fell and nobody much cared about H.’s wall anymore.

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

Now, the Berlin Wall (aka Wall of Shame) is very fresh in our collective memories. East Germany, with Soviet backing, thought a wall was just the thing to divide the city. I was 10 yrs old when it went up (1961) and 38 when it came down. It was 124 miles long and built with barbed wire, concrete wall, chain fencing, minefields, dog patrols, beds of nails and a no-man’s-land so escapees could be easy targets. The idea was to protect people from fascist elements, but really it was to prevent massive emigration and defection to freedom. Nevertheless, about 5,000 people attempted to escape over the wall and tunnels under it, resulting in a death toll of around 200. The people who made it to West Germany were young and smart, leading to a “brain drain” in the east. The communists called it “an act of political and moral depravity.” East Germany lost engineers, technicians, physicians, teachers, lawyers and skilled workers. Hard to run a country without those types. And then Reagan paid a visit in 1987 and said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” So, Gorbachev did.

Ice Wall

Ice Wall

The Ice Wall in Game of Thrones was built over 8,000 years prior where the book starts. Brandon the Builder built it out of ice. It’s over 700 ft. high, 300 miles long and separates the 7 Kingdoms from the wildlings and Others. Wide enough for a dozen mounted knights to ride abreast, it’s even thicker at the base. It’s guarded by the Sworn Brothers of the Night’s Watch as well as ancient spells and sorcery (reportedly). But, you know, help is hard to find, especially if the qualifications are to give up women and service for life. So the wall has seen better days. And winter is coming.

A Snitch in TimeYou see, Don, all the best walls have eventually been breached. It’s the nature of a wall. Whatever it’s meant to keep out or hold in just won’t cooperate. Walls are meant to be overcome and conquered. It never ends well and just costs a lot of money. There are better ways to solve problems then hide them behind a wall.

That’s the history lesson I wanted to impart.

Sincerely, Sunny Frazier

P.S. You are an idiot.

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43 thoughts on “A Non-Political, Non-Critical Letter to Trump

  1. “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
    What I was walling in or walling out,
    And to whom I was like to give offence.
    Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
    That wants it down.” …

    I see him there
    Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
    In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
    He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
    Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
    He will not go behind his father’s saying,
    And he likes having thought of it so well
    He says again, “Good fences make good neighbours.”
    — Robert Frost, “Mending Wall”

  2. So funny. I am not a big history person, but I loved this lesson. But I think the cherry on the sundae was the p.s. (my in-laws were born in Central America and I would never have met my husband if they had not come here, so I may be prejudiced.)

      • My ex is the product of Hispanic parents and you know SOMEONE came in illegally at some point. So glad it happened, he’s the most terrific man I know. And your girls–where would the world be without their beautiful souls?

  3. If Donald Trump’s forefathers and foremothers hadn’t come to this country, he wouldn’t be here himself.

    Great article, Sunny.

  4. And yet we are the only civilized country in the world that doesn’t have a fence or wall at it’s border to protect against a criminal element coming into our country illegally. Your analysis is historically correct but not at all comparable to a dividing line between our country and another in this day and age of drugs, thugs and extremists who want to kill us.
    Ladies — We all are descendants of immigrants, but I’ll bet 95% of them came legally. There is nothing wrong with immigrants, but there must be order. If we want ‘Workers from other countries’, the fence/wall would not keep them out if they came on work visas or by legal immigration. It’s not the good people we want to keep out. It’s the drugs, criminals and those who would come to do us harm. Surely, among your readers, Sunny, there must be someone else who believes in legal immigration and would like to see the border protected? Am I the only reader of your blog who has a different opiniont?

    • We took California and Texas away from Mexico. Maybe they should have built a wall to keep Western expansion out. I’m just saying. . . .

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  6. If you ask the first people who settled here, Donald Trump is an illegal, as are most of us who don’t live on reservations. If only they had built a wall. I’m sure Don’s short-sightedness and egocentrism would never let him see that. PS. He’s an idiot.

  7. Sunny, I love your blog. In all the years I’ve heard the chatter about “securing” our southern border with a fence or a wall, I don’t recall hearing anyone talk about all the failed walls throughout history. Your piece is brilliant and obviously you are too. Thank you!

  8. I’m a conservative at heart but I’ve come to believe that a wall is a dumb idea that won’t work and would only encourage more smuggling of people and drugs and other illegal activity. Yes, there are criminals and drugs coming across the border but we certainly can’t claim to be lily-white ourselves. I do think California has gone too far in its accommodations but we need to find ways to deal with the current situation humanely and sensibly. Get the politicians out of the way and let some people not looking for votes do the negotiating for and with the illegals already here and then find enforceable ways to restrict future immigration to rational numbers. Huge tasks but not impossible.

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