Letter to the Editor

Why do we build the Wall?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

As Americans, we have much to be thankful for; freedom, prosperity and the ability to strive for whatever our dreams desire. In many countries, poverty and the danger of gang crime cause people to become desperate and to look at America as a place to better their lives for themselves and their children. For years immigrants have arrived, some documented and some not. We have benefited socially and economically. In many cases they have provided the manpower needed in our agriculture industry, our hospitality needs, and other areas that our citizens are not willing to engage in. This week at our local Unitarian Universalist service, a local talent, Tammy Hamlin, presented a song that continues to run through my mind. Here are the words written by Anais Mitchell:

Why do we build the wall? My children, my children, why do we build the wall?

Why do we build the wall? We build the wall to keep us free.

Thatís why we build we build the wall, We build the wall to keep us free.

How does that wall keep us free? My children, my children How does the wall keep us free?

How does the wall keep us free? The wall keeps out the enemy, and we build the wall to keep us free. Thatís why we build the wall, We build the wall to keep us free.

Who do we call the enemy? My children, my children. Who do we call the enemy? Who do we call the enemy? The enemy is poverty and the wall keeps out the enemy. And we build the wall to keep us free. Thatís why we build the wall. We build the wall to keep us free.

Because we have and they have not! My children, my children, because they want what we have got.

Because we have and they have not, because they want what we have got! The enemy is poverty and the wall keeps out the enemy and we build the wall to keep us free. Thatís why we build the wall. We build the wall to keep us free.

What do we have that they should want? My children, my children. What do we have that they should want?

What do we have that they should want? We have a wall to work upon. We have work and they have none. And our work is never done my children, my children and the war is never won. The enemy is poverty and the wall keeps out the enemy and we build the wall to keep us free. Thatís why we build the wall. We build the wall to keep us free. We build the wall to keep us free.

Powerful words Ė but sad.

Robert Sneitzer

Spirit Lake