In the land of Innovation, why build a wall?


I don’t want to start a political debate … However I feel I need to share my expertise on building fences, walls and chasing loose donkeys.  One thing I have learned is investing heavily in fencing without proper planning will lead to loose donkeys.

Despite heavily investing in a secure fence most my donkeys have gotten loose because I forgot to shut a gate or I left the stall door unattended for just a fraction of a second…those little donkeys can be quick when they want to be.  SO before investing in a wall, I would consider the source of the problem.

According to a 2015 US government “national drug threat assessment”, the bulk of illegal narcotics enter the US through border checkpoints and points of entry, hidden among more than 5.5 million commercial trucks that cross the US-Mexican border every year.

If the goal is to reduce the drug traffic, it appears a $15 Billion wall is not what you need.

I personally think America is already great and I don’t like the idea of deporting undocumented immigrants who have established lives and families in this country.  So my point here is not to compare human to donkey, but rather to consider other options than building a $15 Billion wall.  Perhaps the White House needs to be reminded that America is the land of innovation.

We built stone walls and wooden fences back in the pioneer days to keep our livestock where they belonged.   We have come a long way since those Daniel Boone days….In 2017, we have new innovations like drones and electricity that make the primary purpose of most wall simply decoration.


They make highly sophisticated drones with heat seeking cameras that are wifi enabled.   According to NPR, the plan to secure the border is to add another 5,000 additional border patrol agents.   One heat-seeking-stealthy drone could reduce the planned new hires and LiveStream video to a single central control room.  No need to spend hot summer days in the desert patrolling the border.



They are using heat-seeking drones to track Koala bear populations, to battle against rhino poachers, and criminals use them to spot and raid cannabis farms.

You can buy Drones with Cameras at Walmart for less than $100.  Much cheaper than a $15 billion wall.  But if you need more than just flying objects, you might want to consider electricity – not the kind of electricity to kill someone, but the kind that makes a draft horse or an ornery fat pony respect a fence line.



As American farms and fields shrunk over the years, the grass is often greener on the other side.   I know from experience that very few fences can hold a donkey when that donkey believes the grass is greener on the other side.  If a horse wants the grass on the other side, they will go up, over or through a wooden fence or wall.

Fortunately, in 1888 the XIT Ranch in Texas introduced the electric fence to American farmers to replace expensive wooden fences, stone walls and dangerous barb wire.

capture3Just a few strands of electricity is enough to earn the respect of a 17.1 disrespectful-fence-destroying monster like my horse Lincoln.   He has been zapped only once or twice which has lead to healthy respect for all that is wire and the fence line.

The cost of the roll of wire was $42 for 1312 feet.  Each electric stake was $3.99.  Far less than the 15 Billion dollar wall.  You can pick up the supplies on Amazon with FREE SHIPPING!









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2 Responses to In the land of Innovation, why build a wall?

  1. Tina Groff says:

    Yes, Janine I agree and sometimes….. just sometimes – the “donkeys” get on the wrong side of the fence!

  2. Michele Meyer says:

    I had the same thought this morning: a wall is old technology; we can do better than that. I think cheeto-man just wants to find excuses to offer construction contracts to his buddies. And his buddies don’t do science.

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