Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the provision's sponsor, said building the fencing would send "a signal to the world that our border is not open, it is closed."The first half of his second remark is from Robert Frost's "Mending Wall," and I think it might be instructive to take a look at how Sessions misuses the quote.
He added: "Good fences make good neighbors; fences don't make bad neighbors."
In the poem, Frost writes about his annual ritual in which he and his neighbor go to the stone wall between their property and build it back up after the winter has toppled stones from it:
He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.The irony in the legislator's comparison, of course, is that he is quoting Frost without realizing that Frost used that phrase for exactly the opposite reason. "Good fences make good neighbors" is an assertion that Frost wants us to question and, ultimately, deny.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.'
The real message of the poem is the first line, which Frost repeats in the passage I quoted above: "Something there is that doesn't love a wall." That something, the human desire for brotherhood and unity, may try to thwart this wall that the politicians want to build between the U.S. and Mexico; I don't know.
hehe... of course, if Marshwiggle had his way, we wouldn't need to even think about this wall. :-)