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Wall building

14 June 2018

Last December the Trump administration told multiple divisions within the US Department of Health and Human Services to avoid using certain language in official documents. The seven prohibited words and phrases are:

Vulnerable. Entitlement. Diversity. Transgender. Foetus. Evidence-based. Science-based.

The fact that there were seven proscribed terms struck a chord with 7-ON and we toyed with a quick response idea that we’d each write a very short piece—say five minutes maximum—based on one of the now disallowed words or phrases.

For various reasons—life, deadlines, travel, existing commitments, etc—the project didn’t eventuate. But I did write my short short for two voices. Here it is:

Wall building


I have a dream—

I will build a great wall. 

I have a dream—

Nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.
I will build a great, great wall.
Mark my words.
You have people coming through the border that are from all over. And they’re bad. They’re really bad. You have people coming in, and they’re coming into this country.
They have to go.

 Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream—

People are pouring across our borders unabated.
I want nothing to do other than to build an impenetrable wall and stop them.
Build a massive wall and deduct the costs from foreign aid.

 Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today—

That wall will go up so fast your head will spin.
It’s going to be a serious wall. It’s not going to be a wall that they just climb up, and you know, you see what they do, over.
There is a chance that we can do a solar wall. We have major companies looking at that. 

I have a dream that one day—

I will build a great wall.
And you need transparency through that wall.
So it could be a steel wall with openings, because you have to see what’s on the other side. 

I have a dream—

The wall is going to cost ten-billion. It’s so easy.
I think I’m going to do very well. But we’re building a wall. We’re building a wall between here and—well, I want to—I’m building a wall, OK?


Lines in italics are from Martin Luther King’s 1963 I have a dream … speech. All the other lines are verbatim Trump.

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