Mexican spirit of enterprise follows message of Reagan’s Berlin Wall speech

By Calvin Palmer

A group of Mexicans in Tijuana have followed the words of late President Ronald Reagan but are now under arrest.

During a 1987 speech at the Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin, President Reagan implored Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, “Tear down this wall!”

Reagan was referring to the Berlin Wall that separated East and West Berlin, a symbol of communist oppression preventing the free movement of people.

Twenty plus years on and six Mexicans were arrested earlier this week for stealing pieces of the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico to sell as scrap metal.

How Reagan must be spinning in his grave. First, the freedom-loving people of the United States hemmed in behind a border fence and now the spirit of free enterprise being thwarted by “big government”.

No official comment yet from the Tea Party brigade as to whether they will be staging protests and depicting Tijuana’s chief of police as Adolf Hitler.

The first two men were arrested on Monday and found with eight pieces of the fence. An alleged accomplice was detained on Tuesday with 11 pieces of fencing. The U.S. Border Patrol alerted police to three more suspects, one of whom had a machine for cutting the fence.

Police said yesterday the men may face federal charges because the fence area is considered federal property.

And worse, more taxpayers’ dollars will have to be spent on carrying out repairs to a project sanctioned by President George W. Bush and advocated by Republican congressmen and senators in the border states.

Just a minute, wasn’t President Reagan a Republican?

This political stuff gets very confusing.

[Based on reports by the San Diego Union Tribune and Associated Press.]

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