A breath of fresh air has stirred new life into Trump’s wall. All of his other grotesque campaign suggestions have been dashed against the rocks, and our president elect has not even stepped foot into the White House.
Hillary will not be indicted.
Waterboarding may be bad after all.
Obamacare may not be so easy to dismantle.
Muslims and Hispanics will not be banned.
The wall will really be a fence.
Imagine if Trump didn’t float these hallucinogenic fantasies at his rallies. Or, imagine if his supporters were smart enough to realize such fantasies could and would never become a reality. If that was the case, Trump would not be in the White House.
So many Trump supporters were giddy over the illustrious visions of this giant wall sitting on the Mexican border, and Muslims and Hispanics being kicked out of the country, and insurance being ripped out of their children’s hands.
But then he got elected, and in a matter of hours –
one by one
– Trump reneged on all of his promises. The wall was a particularly biting loss to the dedicated Trumpkin. They were so excited for it. Trump said that Mexico would pay for it. But when the Mexican government repeatedly refused such a futile endeavor, Trump downgraded the wall to a fence.
However, a Massachusetts sheriff has potentially resurrected Trump’s fence idea. His idea is to round up prison inmates from across the country and make them build the wall.
“I can think of no other project that would have such a positive impact on our inmates and our country than building this wall,” Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said at his swearing-in ceremony for a fourth term in office late Wednesday.
“Aside from learning and perfecting construction skills, the symbolism of these inmates building a wall to prevent crime in communities around the country, and to preserve jobs and work opportunities for them and other Americans upon release, can be very powerful,” he said. Reuters article
Apparently, Sheriff Hodgson has been dreaming of this prison labor idea for a long time. In 1999, he brought back chain gangs Boston Globe article. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled against Hodgson’s $5-a-day prisoner payment plan. As a result, the Bristol County Sheriff’s department had to pay back $700,000 HeraldNews article.
Prison labor has an extensive history. Many of the world’s greatest structures were built with prison labor. The pyramids, Stonehenge and even the Great Wall of China were built by prisoners and conquered tribes. When our president takes governing examples from Genghis Kahn, you know we are headed into some dark waters.