A key part of President Trumpâ€™s Southern border control initiative is to build a big beautiful wall with a big beautiful door in it. Â He has said he will initially use federal funds to build the wall but intends that Mexico will ultimately pay for it through a variety of federal legislative measures. Â But there is another way, and one that makes a significant point.
â€œBuyingâ€ bricks for walkways, foundations, and monuments is a time-honored tradition in America as a way to raise money for worthy as well as charitable causes. Â Funds are donated in some predefined amount, and the individual donating will be memorialized in some way, including receipt of a personalized brick. Â Virtually any organization can use this fund raising approach, and can achieve additional value through the creation of a new sidewalk, or even a wall.
So why shouldnâ€™t the American citizenry â€œBuild the Wallâ€ with their own private money? Well, guess what, they have already started to do just that. Â There are a number of websites that offer to sell personalized bricks as well as personalize t-shirts (see Amazon.com for the latter). One website, Bikers4Trump offers to sell a purchaser two personalized bricks, one as a memento and one to be place in the wall. Â Bricks sell for about $60 a piece or two for $100. Â There are other websites offering variations on the brick theme so I suggest anyone interested in contributing use a search engine as new ideas may very well pop up over the next couple of months.
This personal â€œBuild the Wallâ€ approach reflects the quintessential American â€œcan doâ€ spirit that doesnâ€™t wait for the government but just â€œdoes itâ€. Â Obviously, if you think the wall is a dumb idea or too expensive or too risky because some crazed anarchist just might decide to pay you a visit, you wonâ€™t contribute. Â But if you are with the President on gaining control of the Southern US border, buying a brick just might help make the point that American citizens have had enough of the uncontrolled national border situation.
In the interest of full disclosure, I havenâ€™t bought a brick or two yet. Â I would be more comfortable if the Heritage Foundation was sponsoring the bricks, but if this initiative grows over the next month, I will chip in – after all I buy those White House Christmas ornaments so why not a brick which will actually have my name on it and be of use?