Have Compassion For Others When Considering Building A Border Wall

I’ve heard a ton of reasons for and against the border wall, but I don’t think I’ve seen the following. 

I believe that the top priority is for Americans to have compassion for others when it comes to deciding about the border wall.  But first, we have to define compassion. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary states that compassion is: “A sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.”

As thoughtful Americans, how can we show compassion when it comes to something as controversial as a border wall? Before we can show compassion, we need to get our facts straight.  Without strong borders, we don’t have a strong country.  In reality, without borders, we don’t even have a country. 

Consider your home.  Do you have a front door?  Do you close it against intruders?  If you live in a detached house, you probably have a fence/wall around your home to keep out cats and dogs and miscellaneous animals and little children.  It probably won’t keep out burglars, which is why we have a police department and the Second Amendment.  

The same is true for our nation.  We need to “shut our door” so we can protect our families (citizens) from intruders.  If we don’t, we won’t be safe and will eventually lose control of our government to intruders.  But shouldn't we show compassion to those less fortunate than we?  Yes, and we do.  

Now consider, if America is no longer strong and stable, how can we continue to help those less fortunate than we?  Don’t forget, America is the most generous country in the world, supplying time, man (and woman) power, and money to scores of various needy countries throughout the world. 

According to ForeignAssistance.gov  For the past ten years, including 2019, America has GIVEN an average of more than 35 BILLION dollars each year to countries in need throughout the world, helping them with economic development, health, program management, humanitarian assistance, education, and social services, environment, peace and security, democracy, human rights, governance and a bunch of other stuff.

And we’ve done all this without asking to be repaid or with added “strings.”

Now just imagine our world without a strong America!!  Nearly EVERY other country in the world would be worse off – and that would be uncompassionate. 

Remember, without borders, we don’t have a country.  And without strong borders, we don’t have a strong America to help other nations.  This is why I believe we are showing compassion when we ask our leaders for strong borders. 

What do you think?  I welcome your comments.


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