I FORGOT I SAW THIS ON FACEBOOK A WHILE AGO COMPLETELY UNIRONICALLY OH MY GOD I’M SCREAMING BA-SING-SE REPRESSED FREE SPEECH AND LITERALLY LIED TO ITS CITIZENS HOW DID YOU THINK THIS WAS A GOOD METAPHOR
So it turns out that a remarkably large amount of the US-Mexico border is defined by the Rio Grande. Like, Texas’s border with Mexico.
The river doesn’t provide a meaningful barrier to migration: the Amazon it ain’t. But its existence poses a core problem for Trump’s wall that no one seems to mention: where do you put the border wall in relation to the river?
–you could put it on the US side, as we are legally entitled to do, but then the US effectively cedes the water to Mexico. I imagine farmers and ranchers across Texas might not be enthused by this option.
–we could put it in the middle of the river, on the actual border, and magically divide the water in half … if, you know, you wanted to build a wall in the middle of a river, and thought that hydrodynamics were the same as cutting a piece of cake.
–Trump could build it on the Mexican side of the river, take all the water, and commit an act of war by seizing Mexican territory … if the US didn’t mind being a pariah nation and potentially fighting an honest to god war on the southern boundary of Texas. Again.
This seems like something that ought to be worked out before we start building the wall. It’s not a detail to work out later.
So when this stupid fucking wall is built, I hope after 4 years we all get together on both sides and tear that shit down like they did the one in Berlin and drink cervezas and dance all night atop its ruins.