The media did everything in its power to slime Brian Kolfage as a right-wing kook only interested in scamming people out of their money with a combination of fake news and patriotic pretending, but their smear campaign has not hurt the Iraq war veteran’s private quest to raise money to build THE WALL. In fact, Kolfage’s GoFundMe page is doing better than ever, having collected a little more than $20 million from everyday Americans who want to see that border wall they were promised during the 2016 election.
It is a stunning tribute to the passion which a certain slice of the electorate feels for protecting the homeland from foreign invaders, and a warning to Washington that says, simply: We’re serious, damn it.
It is a message that few in Washington seem to have gotten. The Democrats certainly haven’t, but that’s to be expected. They need those illegal immigrants to keep flowing into this country like they need water, air, and welfare. Without a permanent underclass they can keep dependent on the federal government, the Democratic Party has no reason to exist.
We’ve been only slightly more surprised to see a concentrated resistance within the Republican Party, whose members are also largely conflicted when it comes to illegal immigration. Republicans certainly talk a better game than the Democrats do, but when push comes to shove, they had two years to get this wall funding and they failed to do so. Now, when the time is here to push harder than ever, a great many of them are choosing instead to side with the Democrats and vote to block President Trump’s declaration of national emergency. It is sad, but Republicans have their reasons. They know where their bread is buttered – and all too often the butter comes from big corporations that rely on cheap immigrant labor.
Trump gets it, of course, and he’s going to do his damnedest to get this wall done on his own. But it remains to be seen whether or not that’s really possible.
In the meantime, you can take any poll you want and it won’t amount to a hill of beans compared to the cold, hard reality of the money Kolfage has brought in. It takes no effort at all to tell a pollster that you’re for or against the wall. It is a sign of true passion to plunk down your hard-earned money to see it get built.
If Washington doesn’t soon pay attention to and respect that passion, the Trump election will be only the first of many signs of extraordinary popular revolt.