Oh no! Trump’s wall to block butterflies!


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The bankruptcy of our modern intellectual culture, including its increasingly insane hatred of anything-Trump, might best be illustrated by this story today in the San-Antonio Express-News: First signs of border wall construction spotted at National Butterfly Center.

The full article might be behind a paywall, but let me quote from the teaser text:

A gigantic yellow earth mover arrived on National Butterfly Center land Sunday afternoon, the first sign of the beginnings of border wall construction in that protected habitat.

The steel-and-concrete levee wall is expected to slice through the center, placing 70 of the sanctuary’s 100 acres of land south of it.

Oh my! Isn’t Trump evil! This wall will prevent the illegal immigration of butterflies!

First, any sane rational person will immediately recognize that putting a wall through a butterfly sanctuary is going to do nothing to interfere with the butterflies that use that sanctuary. Butterflies are smarter than the average news reporter, and know that they can simply fly over a wall.

Second, the use of hyperbole in the article’s text reveals the reporter’s bias. The wall will “slice” through the center. And the earth mover is “gigantic” (which anyone can clearly see it is not, simply by looking at the picture at the top of the story). The writer used these absurd emotionally charged words to accentuate the disaster of this “slicing” by the “gigantic” earth mover.

Finally, the article’s timing also reveals the author’s biases. She is acting as a PR agent for Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who last week introduced amendments to the Democratic house budget bill that would have forbid any wall from being built inside or around this or other Texas border parks.

Cuellar’s proposal, however, is clearly not meant to protect the park, but to prevent the border patrol from protecting the U.S. border, as it is constitutionally required to do. It might make sense to require any border wall to skirt the southern edge of these parks in order to prevent harm to the parks, but Cuellar’s proposal specifically outlaws any wall “within, south of, or north of the National Butterfly Center,” essentially making this park a guaranteed gap in the wall which in turn could very well attract illegals in great numbers. Based on what I have seen of illegal trash in federal lands here in southern Arizona, that intrusion would do far more harm to the park than a simple wall.

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  • MarcusZ1967

    American Thinker

    1: Texas governor Greg Abbott should formally request that the president issue a declaration of an emergency.

    2: Abbott should declare a state-level emergency.

    3:Abbott should ask Texas officials to compile incidents of violence, gang activity, drug-smuggling, human-smuggling, sex-trafficking, etc. to document grounds for an emergency.

    4: Abbott should make demand invoking Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution that the federal government “shall” protect Texas against “invasion” by armed gangs and criminals.

    5: The Texas Legislature should pass a resolution invoking Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution that the federal government “shall” protect Texas against “domestic violence” spread from Mexico across the border, including armed

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/02/texas_can_get_trumps_border_wall_accomplished.html

  • wayne

    MarcusZ1967–
    Good stuff!

  • Oh, when will the first activist chain themselves to the ‘giant’ earthmover to ‘save’ the butterflies?

    And if the majority of the preserve is south of the wall, shouldn’t Progressives be happy that the butterflies won’t have to live in racist, fascist Amerika?

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