Oh, Brother: Portland Needs a Lesson on the Difference Between a “Bridge” and a “Wall”

There’s some irony found when a Democratic city like Portland builds a wall around themselves for protection. Yet, when the country wants to do the same to protect against overwhelming immigration, we’re cruel and heartless.

It also appears Mayor Ted Wheeler needs a lesson regarding the difference between a “bridge” and a “wall.” He gave an inspiring speech last year about “Building Bridges, Not Walls.” Then, he proceeded to build a wall around Portland City Hall.

The far-left leaning mayor told crowds that “we’re living in times of uncertainty, division, and yes, fear.” On Martin Luther King Day last year, he said that the reality is that the administration, on federal law, is “seeking to build a wall to divide us.”

At that time, immigration was out of control. Trump had policies in place to strengthen the borders to prevent so many people from pouring into the country as undocumented aliens. Why? Because entering the United States with the intention to stay is illegal unless you follow the necessary rules.

Trump was doing it as a way to protect us – to protect us from the violence often caused by immigrants and to protect our economy from the financial struggles of dealing with the influx of immigrants.

Skip to 2020 and Mayor Ted Wheeler has decided that wooden walls need to be erected around City Hall and the Portland Building. Why? He feels they need protection.

For the past 11 nights, the city has been under attack due to the less-than-peaceful protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. While most of the activity has been centered on the Justice Center, it has been across the city. Wheeler’s office said that cleaning the graffiti is taking public resources that cannot be afforded.

So, a bit of graffiti got expensive to clean up so he built walls around it. It seems like a legit reason to build a wall. Why was he so against the one that Trump wanted to build considering that the immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America were bringing a lot more than just graffiti with them?

Oh, wait, Wheeler is a hypocrite. After all, he is a liberal Democrat, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

But wait, there’s more.

During Wheeler’s Martin Luther King Day speech last year, he said he’s committed to “rise to the challenge” regarding racism. Service, action, and urgency were what he specified to be able to rise up.

Great, so let’s see his service, action, and urgency in the city to ensure that they’re not bending toward racism.

Wheeler even said, “be responsible and take accountability for your community.” Oh, boy. This is where it’s going to get awkward. Portland has hardly been a model city. There have been riots constantly throughout the city – and it didn’t even start with George Floyd. The far-right and far-left groups have been battling it out in the streets since his speech – and yet the problems exist.

Wheeler is more of a hypocrite than what he accuses Trump of being.

Wheeler wants to build a bridge between the divide. He wants to make sure that everyone gets together and can live as one community. He wants to continue what Martin Luther King, Jr started in order to get everyone to rise up and fight racism together. He believes the words of MLK when it’s not the words of the enemy but the silence of your friends.

He’s awfully quiet right now, hiding behind the wall that’s being built around Town Hall. He’s in hiding because he knows that racism has gotten the best of his city. With looting continuing on for close to two weeks, it’s clear that he has lost control of his city. And what is he going to do about it? He’s going to build a wall.

Wheeler has only proved one point: walls are necessary for protection sometimes.