Trumpdate: Great Wall
There were many promises stated during Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. One of those promises was, “immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism.”
Many comparisons have been made between Trump’s wall and the legendary Great Wall constructed in north China across the Mongolian borders. Despite the parallels drawn between the two walls, there are many differences. The most significant difference probably is the purpose of the walls. Chinese emperors built the Great Wall to prevent invasion and to protect Silk Road trading infrastructure.
There are some drastic differences in the hard numbers of the two walls. The history of the Great Wall goes back over 2,000 years to produce the glorious 13,170 mile wonder before us today. Trump’s wall with the modern advancement available will take about 3 years to extend about 62 miles. The United States has control of less than 700 miles of the 1,954 mile border, with an ability to actually prevent illegal entries along only 129 miles of that.
The timing for The Great Wall starring Matt Damon could not have been better. If you have not seen the film due to the astounding 35% rating it received on Rotten Tomatoes, then you may not have been missing much.
“Fifth Generation legend Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall is also, you know, not terrible on the grand scale of terrible things” – Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central.
However, for those of you who may be nursing headaches over the actions of the White House, this film may be just the relief you need.
“In these days when so-called resistance, from D.C. to the streets, uses dishonorable methods, The Great Wall offers a conscientious reminder of artistic principle, the respite of an aesthetically powerful comic book.” – Armond White, National Review.
If you have seen Zhang’s recent blockbuster, then you can rest easy knowing that it’s highly unlikely that we will have to face a giant fire breathing dragon lizard at the gates of Trump’s wall.