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Does The World Need Borders?: Left of Center View

Obviously we would all prefer to live in a utopian society, much like Charlie Sheen, free of care and responsibility. The hope is that we could peacefully co-exist. Unfortunately that doesnít seem to be the reality of human behavior. We need some borders in place to protect us from ourselves.

The need for borders is a fitting double entendre as both physical and social manifestations are needed. People who develop a community should share the rewards when it prospers and the burdens when it doesnít. We as Americans are free to roam our country, and in fact much of the world, at will. But we are never free of our civic responsibilities as members of the American community. We are all expected to pay taxes, support the constitution and generally follow the laws of the land. There are certainly benefits to being American, but there are detriments as well. To enjoy all of the good, we must accept some of the bad.

While we like to act all high and mighty and feel it is our right to prohibit others from entering our country, we get all bent out of shape when other countries deny us entry based solely on citizenship. Yet that is fair. The Canadian government made it very clear that their medical system could not afford the added burden of use by American citizens. If Mexico every closes its border to Americans, there will be no affordable pharmaceuticals available to us. Iím talking the legal kind here people, the other stuff will always find a way across the border, it just wonít be as affordable.

While weíre on the subject it should be said that not all borders are beneficial, especially when they began as little more than lines on a map drawn by people who have never stood on the soil they are dividing. There are natural borders, both topographical and social and they should be heeded. This is not to say that they shouldnít ever be crossed, but they should also be respected.

Borders, boundaries, backlash. Such is the cycle of human evolution. It is our nature to divide ourselves. We as humans want to feel that we are distinct and different from other humans so we divide along ethnic lines, gender lines, economic lines, religious lines, and so on and so forth and the band plays on... So we do need some borders if for no other reason than to feel as if there is some safety and security in our lives even if that is merely an illusion. At the end of the day if there is mutual respect by the people on both sides of the borders and they can coexist peacefully we might consider tearing down the fences and welcoming all comers. Until we get there, weíll probably need to keep the fences up.

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Does The World Need Borders?: Right of Center View

Unless peace suddenly broke out all over the world and all the criminals decided that they would turn over a new leaf then yeah we need borders. Are you kidding? Borders are the only things keeping a flood of poor people, drug dealers and terrorists from pouring into our country. The immigration problems we have now would be seen as the ďgood old daysĒ if we opened the borders.

Every day in America gang members from other countries that are here illegally commit violent acts against Americans. Every day in this country people working under the table for less than minimum wage make it that much harder for Americans to find work. If we opened our borders we would be looking at the greatest decline in the standard of living for Americans in the history of our nation. I donít know about you but that does not sound appealing to me. I want my kid to have a chance at a decent life and not have to kill himself for table scraps. Thatís not going to happen if he has to compete with people willing to work for third world wages inside our borders.

Beyond the whole jobs and crime thing, we live in a world where a lot of people would love nothing more than to see our nation wiped off the face of the Earth. Al Qaeda and other similar organizations spend every waking minute of every day trying to come up with ways to wipe us out. Open borders would let them in too. If we decided to open Americaís borders to all it would take about a heartbeat for some whacko with a suitcase nuke to walk into the middle of Times Square and make 9/11 look like a princess party.

In todayís world open borders would be an invitation for disaster to walk into our land. We have worked hard as a people and built a nation from nothing over the last two hundred years while other nations that have been around for thousands of years have not even come close to where we are. Some of the biggest threats to our nation simply want what we have and are working day and night to figure out ways to take it from us.

Whether the threat comes from people who hate us or people who want to take advantage of our people for their own gain there are serious threats to America outside our borders. We donítí live in a utopia where everyone is happy and loves one another. There are bad, bad people out there that we donít want anywhere near our children or our country. We canít afford to simply open the door and let anyone who wants to be here come in without checking them out first.

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