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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, marked the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Saturday by declaring that its collapse proves that barriers to freedom cannot stand.

    Another well known American had this to say about the wall:

    "Courageous men and women from both East and West Germany united to tear down a wall that stood as a symbol oppression and and failed socialism for more tan a quarter of a century".

    The speaker?

    Donald J. Trump

    You can't make this stuff up.

    On a related note, I would highly recommend viewing Bridge of Spies, a 2015 movie starring Tom Hanks.

    Here's the trailer:

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    In 1989, Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Berlin wall and said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

    Fast forward to today, where concerned environmentalists are saying the same thing to Joe Biden about Trump's border wall.

    The article below goes into a lot of detail about how much damage the wall has caused. Over time, some of the damage can be repaired, but much of it is permanent. By the end of 2020, the Trump administration had completed 452 miles of border wall, at an estimated cost of nearly $16 billion from U.S. taxpayers and diverted military funds. Half of that construction occurred in Arizona. When Trump left office in January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said about 226 miles of new steel-bollard barrier had been built in the state.

    The push to remove some of the barriers faces resistance from Republican members of Congress who say they want to finish planned portions of the wall. But calls for removing certain segments of the wall have come from Democratic former Interior secretaries Bruce Babbitt and Sally Jewell.

    “These are really significant, important wildlife areas,” said Babbitt, who was also Arizona governor from 1978 to 1987. “And the idea that it all requires a 30-foot wall just makes no sense.”