Mike Pence on Mexican Border Wall: "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors"

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Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence made a novel pitch regarding Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border.

MIKE PENCE: Where the American people are focused now is on security, on getting this economy moving again, ending the flood of illegal immigration, upholding our Constitution and really making sure we have the highest standards of ethics in the highest office in the land.

I think what people will see tonight in the broad shouldered leadership of Donald Trump in that speech is — is — is the kind of leadership that speaks to all of that. But I’ve got to tell you, I’m just really proud. I’m really proud to stand with this man and to see what a decisive leader he is. Here he gets an invitation late in the week from the president of our neighbor to the south and it would’ve been very easy to say let’s get together, let’s talk for days and days and figure out how to make this happen...

Donald Trump is someone that says we got an invitation, we got an opportunity, lets drop what we’re doing... He’s going to go and sit down and begin a relationship that I truly do believe is going to be in the interest of the United States of America. And we’re going to — we’re going to make clear, we’re going to put America first. But you know, there’s an old saying in Indiana that good fences make good neighbors. And the way we can be good neighbors is with strong leadership in the United States as a start.


Mending Wall by Robert Frost:

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."

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