Border fence/Ben Franklin quote

ben.jpgMy feelings about the border fence (and most everything else going on these days) are summed up by that great American rabble-rouser Ben Franklin who famously wrote (well, most people attribute it to him):

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

The question is, what kind of country do we want to be? Can we figure out a way to preserve our natural heritage while still protecting ourselves from threats? Will future generations look back at us with the same disgust that we view the 19th Century buffalo slaughterers? Will the country whose President once told the Soviets to “tear down this wall” put up one of its own? I can’t believe we would be so short-sighted and unimaginative to think we can solve this problem by fencing ourselves in. We’re better than that. And the jaguar and the rest of our wildlife deserve more. Viva El Tigre!

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4 Responses to “Border fence/Ben Franklin quote”

  1. Dear Kitty. Some blog :: Bush’s ’supersize Berlin wall’ stops jaguars from returning to the USA :: August :: 2007 Says:

    […] Steel fences, which have begun to appear along part of the 3138km border, would strand existing jaguars in the US, prevent others from increasing the nascent population, and limit the cat’s gene pool. […]

  2. ymarsakar Says:

    Border security is not temporary safety and neither is a wall. Essential liberty is not purchased by letting human traffickers across the border, either.

  3. swjags Says:

    Sorry, but from a biological standpoint the wall (it’s a matter of semantics) is a disaster and will not solve the problem of human trafficking, undocumented workers, etc. This is a politically-driven, biologically destructive “answer” to a very complex problem. It’s like the old saying, when the only tool you have is a hammer all problems begin to resemble nails.

  4. Bush’s ‘supersize Berlin wall’ stops jaguars from returning to the USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog Says:

    […] Steel fences, which have begun to appear along part of the 3138km border, would strand existing jaguars in the US, prevent others from increasing the nascent population, and limit the cat’s gene pool. […]

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