Video: Bill Richardson compares border fence to Berlin Wall

posted at 10:23 am on July 20, 2007 by Bryan

Gov. Bill Richardson, Democrat candidate for president, is at a house party and is asked — as the very first question — how he would have voted if he’d been in the Senate and the shamnesty bill was on the docket. He says he would have voted “No.” Good for him. But then he launches into a four-point plan that sounds quite a bit like shamnesty.

The Berlin Wall part is at about 1:50 in. If he really thinks that the border fence is analogous to the Berlin Wall, he’s either ignorant of history or lacks basic moral judgment. The Berlin Wall was built to turn East Berlin into a Communist prison; the border fence is meant to secure our country against attack and infiltration. No one who confuses the two should hold any elective office.

This is a terrible symbol. In fact, I remember…when [President Reagan] went up to that wall in Berlin and he said ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.’ I kind of liked the old guy when he did that.

More: Richardson’s comparison between the border fence and the Berlin Wall probably isn’t a result of any moral confusion and it certainly isn’t some off-the-cuff riff that popped out accidentally. It’s a sign that a strategy is being deployed. Call it a “tell” if you like. Because, you see, Richardson isn’t the first and won’t be the last to make this comparison. Folks like him want to make the analogy and make it stick. Why? So they can gradually shame the American people into allowing it to be torn down at some point in the future. Folks like Richardson and Vicente Fox realize that, as things stand now, the American people want border security and favor building a fence. There’s little they can do in the short term to change that. But in the long term, year after year of comparing the fence to the Berlin Wall will have two effects. First, it’ll make many Americans feel guilty for building it. Second, it’ll become one more lefty/Democrat excuse to call Republicans “Nazis.” After all, construction of the fence has begun under a Republican administration. It doesn’t matter that the Republican president doesn’t want the fence. That’ll get lost in the din. What will matter is that there’s a fence, it was begun under a Republican, and it’s “just like the Berlin Wall.” Mark my words on this: Getting the fence built is only half the battle. Keeping it in place is going to be all but impossible if this Berlin Wall analogy is allowed to stand.


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Berlin Wall – Keeps people in.

Border Fence – Keeps people out.

These are the basics!

JayHaw Phrenzie on July 20, 2007 at 10:25 AM

The Berlin wall was built to keep people in.
Our wall is to keep illegals outs.

Nuff said.

TheSitRep on July 20, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Yeah, what he said.

TheSitRep on July 20, 2007 at 10:27 AM

The Berlin Wall was built to turn East Germany Berlin into a Communist prison

Sorry Bryan, but that would have been one long damn wall. :)

Kowboy on July 20, 2007 at 10:27 AM

Kowboy

Heh. Good point.

Bryan on July 20, 2007 at 10:28 AM

No, the Boader Fence (the imaginary little pixie that it is) is more like the Great Wall of China. Ya know, the one that was build to keep out the raiding hordes.

- The Cat

MirCat on July 20, 2007 at 10:35 AM

I thought that the Israeli security fence is the new Berlin Wall. /sarcasm

Hilts on July 20, 2007 at 10:36 AM

He would have been truthful had he said,

“The border fence is being built to keep the people who would vote for me stuck in Mexico.”

Kowboy on July 20, 2007 at 10:38 AM

Who’s Bill Richardson?

What?

His rallies are now held in secret homes?

Do they at least have a fish symbol on the door?

Oh, so when Bush is impeached he can come out of hiding?

Mcguyver on July 20, 2007 at 10:41 AM

Kowboy on July 20, 2007 at 10:38 AM

Doh……..

doriangrey on July 20, 2007 at 10:41 AM

Here’s a current list of separation barriers throughout the world.

There are times when barriers make sense. You’ll notice the Indo-Bangladeshi is already being constructed and that it will be 3268 km. The proposed US-Mexico barrier would need to be 3360 km. So basically, a third world (rapidly developing) country is already doing the work Americans refuse to do.

Canadian Infidel on July 20, 2007 at 10:47 AM

How many time does one have to say it isn’t like the Berlin Wall because Mexico wouldn’t be building it!

Dusty on July 20, 2007 at 10:48 AM

A country that refuses to defend itself cannot survive. Period.

We refuse to defend ourself.

The fact that a person like this can hold public office sickens me to my very core.

God help us.

Hawkins1701 on July 20, 2007 at 10:50 AM

Bryan, you should know that Democrats are our moral superiors and can therefore never be morally confused. Unless we admit this fact of life we can never hope to have meaningful, constructive dialogue with them.

Halley on July 20, 2007 at 10:51 AM

Assuming that Richardson isn’t just talking much faster than he can think (and that may not be a safe assumption), his analogy is worrying. The Berlin wall was a potent symbol of the division of what was once one country. Does that mean that Richardson considers our southwestern states an occupied part of Mexico?

jic on July 20, 2007 at 10:52 AM

Berlin Wall – Keeps people in.

Border Fence – Keeps people out.

These are the basics!

JayHaw Phrenzie on July 20, 2007 at 10:25 AM

It is beyond absurd that looney lefties can’t (or won’t) grasp this basic fact.

infidel4life on July 20, 2007 at 10:54 AM

According to Chertoff there are some towns and farmers in Texas who don’t what the fence built. What?

moonsbreath on July 20, 2007 at 10:54 AM

Oops that should be “want” the fence built.

moonsbreath on July 20, 2007 at 10:54 AM

It would be very interesting to know how many of the political dolts like Richardson have fences or walls around their houses ;^)

db on July 20, 2007 at 10:58 AM

He would say to the Mexican president “give your people jobs”

Isn’t that like asking drug dealers drug dealers not to sell drugs in your neighborhood?
How about asking him to:
1. enforce his border,
2. not let his country be a port of entry for illegals from overseas,
3. not let his country be an intercontinental highway for people from Latin and South America

It could be that simple.

Tennessee Dave on July 20, 2007 at 10:58 AM

I see the birth of a new political action group

‘Politicians Without Borders’

Fighting against cruel and evil nativists (once called ‘patriots’) who falsely insist they own this land

Fighting for all good people and felons from the other ‘real’ nations of the world whose only crime is refusing to pretend that the nation called America still exists

Fighting for the right of employers everywhere to offer the good people safe harbor from the nativists and the unjust laws which were only passed to control the vigilante nativists and their devious offspring

Fighting for religious freedom for any group that offers border crossing aid, counseling, sanctuary and support to the good people and felons from the real nations

Fighting to stop the nativist vigilant propaganda stream that is corrupting the communication channels

Fighting to tear down that wall that separates nation from nation

Bring me your poor and huddled voters … my Ellis Island does not even have a golden door, but we do have free medical

Their slogan:
America is different, we don’t need borders

entagor on July 20, 2007 at 11:04 AM

Think Richardson has a fence around his property?

TheBigOldDog on July 20, 2007 at 11:09 AM

Richardson rhetoric is exactly like a certain un-named non-candidate wherein he has fun little analogies and looks for ways to use them with no concern for the contradictions they relate to other issues he has taken.

This is just another example of the disconnect and condescending attitude the ivory tower crowd has towards us, the lowly ignorant masses, who only live for clever little sound bites and snappy presentations void of substantive policy stances.

csdeven on July 20, 2007 at 11:17 AM

I’m actually excited about the presidential debates this year. I feel like any of the Republican front runners can rip apart this kind of crap this coming from the left. No more bumbling Bush making me nervous.

wryteacher on July 20, 2007 at 11:18 AM

This guy really is a jackass.

WisCon on July 20, 2007 at 11:29 AM

What a group of total idiots!

nottakingsides on July 20, 2007 at 11:53 AM

No, the big difference is that the Berlin wall actually existed. The border fence is a fairy tale.

right2bright on July 20, 2007 at 12:23 PM

The two fences have a lot in common—they both are not in existance.

Richardson is Clinton filler candidate hoping Hill will throw him a VeePee bone. These clowns are so transparent.

saved on July 20, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Never mind that it was built to keep people in…

The Berlin Wall divided ONE country into TWO!
America and Mexico, contrary to the wishes of Uncle Teddy, are not one country.

If Governor Numb Nuts can’t see that, its possible he needs to go back to school.

Ryan Gandy on July 20, 2007 at 12:30 PM

[moonsbreath on July 20, 2007 at 10:54 AM]

Of course there are some. Cherthof truncated their objection. Their objection is to the restriction of access to the Rio Grande, not because they don’t want a fence.

I’d be objecting too if that restriction of access were to affect the operation of my ranch or farm, especially because I know I’d get screwed by an uncaring federal government if I didn’t speak up.

The fact that Cherthof would use their argument to prevent a fence that is absolutely needed and would be extremely effective, shows just how uncaring the federal government is. Not that we needed that example. For that, all we need is the fact the federal government has not done what is needed to stop illegal entry into the country for the last 20 years.

Dusty on July 20, 2007 at 12:41 PM

Except that the Berlin Wall was to keep people in.

We want them kept out.

Bill, in. Versus out.

It’s not that difficult a concept.

profitsbeard on July 20, 2007 at 1:04 PM

Bill Richardson compares border fence to Berlin Wall

I compare Bill Richardson to upside down cake.

MB4 on July 20, 2007 at 1:28 PM

The Berlin Wall also had towers manned with snipers, who shot anyone who tried to escape from the Worker’s Paradise of the “Demokratische Republik”. (Fascinating… a ‘Democratic Republic’ is neither democratic nor a republic.)

The Monster on July 20, 2007 at 1:45 PM

Between this Richardson bit and Teddy’s meltdown, i see myself agreeing with Mencken’s view of democracy more and more.

madne0 on July 20, 2007 at 1:49 PM

WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE IN CHARGE?

Build the wall
Start by deporting the criminal aliens
Nuke any business that employs illegal aliens

Simple

Mr. Richardson… build up this wall.

Mojave Mark on July 20, 2007 at 3:06 PM

The Berlin Wall part is at about 1:50 in. If he really thinks that the border fence is analogous to the Berlin Wall, he’s either ignorant of history or lacks basic moral judgment

I’m gonna go with the latter. It’s seems to be a trait of the Dim. IE: Bush=Hitler, Gitmo=Gulag, etc

PowWow on July 20, 2007 at 10:10 PM

I kind of liked the old guy when he did that.

I feel pretty confident in saying that Richardson was among those who initially laughed at Reagan for his declaration to Gorby. Almost nobody, including many in White House staff, thought it was wise to directly challenge the USSR on their doorstep, they tried just about everything to keep that line out of the speech. Certainly the socialists in this country hated him for it. But of course now, they “kind of liked…” Uh-huh. Liar.

Is there any security around the Governor’s mansion in Santa Fe? Why yes, there is. By the standards he pretends to believe in, that’s not very neighborly of him.

But empty rhetoric can only be exposed for a sham if someone is willing to crack the shell, and the MSM has no interest in doing any such thing.

Freelancer on July 21, 2007 at 2:58 AM

Wait, so are Mexico and the US the same country? I’m confused.

aengus on July 21, 2007 at 9:40 AM

I think Bryan’s right about the “strategy.”

For the last several years, the left has been obsessed with the (invented) meme that the right has been “controlling the conversation” by conspiratorily floating memes that “frame the debate.”

Whereas, back in the real world, for at least my entire life and probably a lot longer, the left has been trying to force its own terms on the overall debate, and ban terms it doesn’t like, in an effort to control the conversation.

For years, people have been talking about these passive-aggressive tactics, sometimes as part of a larger “oppositional defiant” strategy, but it’s all just spoiled brats trying to get their way.

And in correcting it, it’s kind of hard to get past the “Belin Wall” of the 90% majority they have in the MSM.

Merovign on July 21, 2007 at 3:32 PM