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Letter: Let history be your guide, scrap plans to build a wall

Let history be your guide, scrap plans to build a wall

In August of 1961, Nikita Khrushchev, then the leader of the Soviet Union, began building the Berlin Wall. In June of 1987, President Ronald Reagan, speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate between East and West Berlin, demanded: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” The wall in fact came down about two and a half years later.

Now, in 2016, Donald Trump promises that, if he is elected and becomes the leader of the free world, he will build a wall between the United States and Mexico to keep out the drugs, criminals and rapists he claims Mexico is sending us.

The last time I looked, Khrushchev, the wall builder, had been properly consigned to the dustbin of history and Reagan, who was so instrumental in the downfall of the Soviet Union and the destruction of the Berlin Wall, and whose party Trump now supposedly leads, had been elevated to an icon of the Republican Party and to the status of being one of the most revered presidents to ever serve in the Oval Office.

There is a lesson in there for Trump. And anyone who plans to vote for him should carefully analyze that lesson before casting that vote.

Anthony M. Bruce

Orchard Park

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