“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Thus did Ronald Reagan thunder
and demand the barrier be torn asunder.
Now President Bush, that is George W.,
promulgates a different view.
They need, he says, a fence that’s thick
and they’ve got to build it mighty quick.
To the National Guard he’ll give the order
to militarize their southern border.
But the Guard, that never saw Berlin,
is now well known to be stretched thin.
I suggest we should try not to dwell
on those who may go AWOL,
just like him when he did a bunk, went on the lam,
and never made it to Vietnam.
Why, one may ask, the sudden urge
to carry out a drastic purge?
Who are those he wants to keep out,
and attack with all his cowpoke clout?
Gardeners, cleaners, hotel maids,
shoe shine boys and nurses aides.
cooks, dish washers and pastry bakers,
and not forgetting taco makers.
The mariachis or roving bards
plus those that clean up in the yards.
The many who are called hard hats
and the nannies who control the brats.
Girls who struggle in sweat shops
and men who tend to all the crops.
Remember too garage mechanics,
the vast majority Hispanics.
Many labour in the sun
picking citrus by the ton.
Jobs that are the least desired
so border crossers are always hired.
A cardiologist or physicist
are ones that would be greatly missed.
But, instead of being held at bay,
they are handed green cards on a tray.
Can it really be thought as wise
to try hard workers to criminalize?
To threaten they’ll end in the lockup
is worthy of the best Bush cockup.
Let us now suppose, and just for fun,
that, like him, most went on the run,
The result would be truly cataclysmic
and the shocks that followed would be surely seismic.
No-one can tell just what George is thinking
as the good ship Bush goes right on sinking.
Can we really believe he is sincere
that he wants to seal off the frontier?
Can it be meant to raise his rating,
and get off the thin ice on which he’s skating?
Will it improve his numbers in the newest poll
and help to pull him from the hole?
No-one his plan can comprehend
though he’s known by all to be round the bend.
But no matter what’s behind his ploy
he’s managed many to annoy.
When pondering what might be the outcome
most consider his fence is just plain dumb.
But wait! Could it be that he has up his sleeve
a ruse to ensure they can never leave?