Herman Cain is catching a lot of flack for wanting to build a Fence along our Southern Border. So what, you say. Many people have suggested that. Why would he catch more hell than anyone else over it?
Well, this is not your average fence. Cain is proposing it be electrified.
At a stop last Saturday in Cookeville, Tennessee, along his Memphis to Nashville bus tour, Cain had explained how he would secure the U.S. border by building an electrified fence along the southern border of the country that could kill people trying to cross illegally.
The always controversial Joe Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona said, “I got an electric fence; it doesn’t kill people.” Arpairo is controversial because he does his job. He’s not big on Illegal Immigration.
“I’ll tell you one thing that stands out with me, he’s sort of unconventional. “I think that’s refreshing. The way things are going in this country, that’s why the people like him and support him, he’s a new fresh face and he’s telling it like it is. So I kind of respect people who are not typical politicians,” Joe said.
Cain said border security, including the construction of a fence on most of the border, would be a top priority, along with enforcing immigration laws already on the books, empowering states to crack down on illegal immigrants and promoting immigrants to come legally rather than illegally. He explained, “I want to make sure that people will be encouraged to come through the front door, but at the same time we are going to shut the back door and the side door.”
At first he said it was a joke but when pressed by reporters he added, “You are right, I don’t apologize for using a combination of a fence, and it might be electrified,” he said. “I’m not walking away from that.” He went on to say, “What is the beef? This is what I don’t understand,” he said. “That was directed at the people who are trying to sneak into America illegally. Latinos who are here (legally), I believe they deserve the same opportunities of every other citizen,” Cain said.
Of course we have the cacophony of un-American U.S. lawmakers decrying Cain’s comments.
“Whether or not he made his comments in jest, Mr. Cain’s words show a lack of understanding of immigration issues our country is facing and a staggering lack of sensitivity,” said Charlie Gonzalez, head of the 21-member Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Might I digress for a moment? Why in the Hell do we need an Hispanic caucus?
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, Hispanic Caucus vice chairman, also took issue with the GOP presidential candidate’s comments.
“Words like Mr. Cain’s only build hate and prejudice against certain people. That is just plain wrong,” Hinojosa said.
“As far as I am concerned, there is no room for Mr. Cain and his poorly thought out ideas of handling U.S. governmental policy,” Hinojosa said. And you guys have done such a spectacular job. It’s exactly the time for ideas such as this.
If Herman Cain meant what he said he should damn the torpedoes & go full speed ahead. Stay on offense. Let others try to explain away their soft positions. If it’s electrified, all the better. If an illegal knows there is a real consequence, he may not attempt it. That sounds like good policy to me.
Wait! I just had a brilliant thought. An electrified fence would be very expensive to run. What if we constructed a Green fence? It could be powered using Solar Panels or Windmills! Who could be opposed to that? I think we have a winner.