The Fulford File, By James Fulford
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Happy Birthday, Constitution. What Was That About "Our Posterity"? Etc.

National Public Radio's Garrison Keillor recently celebrated V.Dare's birthday in his Writer's Almanac. Now (September 17) he reminds us that it's the Constitution's birthday - the 216th anniversary of its presentation in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. (You can read Keillor's Writer's Almanac piece here or listen to him recite the Preamble to the Constitution here.)

But Keillor didn't note what we noted in February:

"The preamble to the U.S. Constitution says its purpose is "to form a more perfect union… [for] ourselves and our posterity" – the Founders' posterity, not posterity in general."

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Linda Chavez's Border Control Plan

Linda Chavez, quoting Robert Frost's famous line about fences and neighbors, has endorsed stern border control measures, including the construction of a huge fence to keep out illegal border crossers, who may be dangerous.

Of course, the fence that Ms Chavez endorses is being built in Israel, not on America's southern border. [Keep building the wall, Linda Chavez,, September 17, 2003]

She's no doubt right about the Israeli fence. But is she going to follow this up with a column endorsing a similar fence to prevent Mexicans invading, and possibly terrorizing, the United States?

It doesn't seem likely.

Chavez has a further suggestion about untrustworthy foreign labor:

And Israel would be better off not depending on Palestinian labor in the future. If Israel must import labor, why not do so from countries like Mexico, or Guatemala, or El Salvador, whose workers have already demonstrated their willingness to take enormous risks and travel great distances in search of jobs?

And the Israelis wouldn't even have to go to South America to recruit workers: the US has more illegal Mexicans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans than it knows what to do with. With a little cooperation from the INS, this would solve a couple of major problems.

If Mexico suffered a labor shortage as a result, the US would be able to help out by sending them refugees from, say, the Gaza Strip. Then everybody would be happy. 

Wouldn't they?

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Another Important Border

President Bush's Iraq reconstruction bill includes "$5 billion for security, including border guards, customs and training a new army." Do you know what $5 billion could do to guard the U.S. border?

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