Above is the painting Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull. At 12′ x 18′ it is the size of the footprint of my original office.

Yes, you’ve seen it before. An engraving of it is on the reverse of the $2 bill. The event which it purports to capture was also noted by Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich.

There, after noting history altering decisions by Lincoln, Socrates’ and Gen. Robert E. Lee, Napoleon Hill gives considerable treatment to those depicted by this master mind.

[T]he greatest decision of all time, as far as any American citizen is concerned, was reached in Philadelphia, July 4, 1776, when fifty-six men signed their names to a document, which they well knew would bring freedom to all Americans, or leave every one of the fifty-six hanging from a gallows! (Emphasis in original text.)

Yet, Napoleon Hill doesn’t leave it at that. He steps back to note that 22 months earlier an even more important decision occured on … September 5, 1974.

Remember this date. It is more important than July 4, 1776. If there had been no DECISION to hold a Continental Congress, there could have been no signing of the Declaration of Independence. (Emphasis as to “DECISION” in original text.)

Now, I will admit that the first couple of times I read Napoleon Hill’s historical accounts here, I did not find myself all that engaged.

It is clear to me now that the reason for this is that I wasn’t yet dialed into what Napoleon Hill was seeking to convey.

The Master Mind not only gave the first few people involved in planning ideas, but it also allowed them to amplify each other’s support for the cause that they shared.

With that level of confidence, they were able to make a decision … which importantly they adhered to as to their actions.

I’m also struck by the fact that a solid decision appears to open up the opportunity for additional decisions.

True, one of the omnipresent decisions available to people is to quit. I can’t tell you how many times this has been my thought too.

As I have indicated a number of times, there is a considerable portion of the work that I don’t enjoy … and I felt that what I was doing was meaningless.

Now, on the verge of moving on from everything that I have done, I realize that I need not and should not throw the baby out with the boundary dispute law bath water.

Instead, I have DECIDED to open a second blog. I will seek to still assist clients to sort out their real property issues.

But, I feel duty bound to at least attempt to demonstrate to them in the majority of situations – and certainly those in which they think that Justice is simply going to fall in their lap – that they ought to reconsider and instead seek to reinvent themselves.

I figure if I have these two blogs going, I will be able to exercise the demons I encounter working with and for people by means of BoundaryDisputeLaw.com and I will be able to think positively about life in an effort to help both myself and others by developing content for BoundaryBreakthrough.com.

In this way, I will be able to retain my stated, albeit seemingly saccharine purpose:


Yes, my heart remains set on securing the job which will be the best match at Tableau Software.

No, I can not quit my vision. It’s just too important!

Believe me, if I could shake this calling, I would have a long time ago.

It’s time for me to really get to work. We have a messy world that needs to be placed in order.

Neighbor law is nothing less than war writ small and nobody can truly afford a war with their neighbor … even if they think they can. Sincerely.

Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Independence_(Trumbull)#/media/File:Declaration_of_Independence_(1819),_by_John_Trumbull.jpg

The principal of the platform which hosts this site – Lexblog’s Kevin O’Keefe – in reviewing Bill Gates’ End of 2018 Gates Notes post – pulled out a line for examination whereby Gates indicated that the questions that he is asking now at 63 are not the same as they were in his 20s.

Specifically, the lifted language was: “Is Microsoft software making the personal-computing dream come true?

This prompted O’Keefe to review his thoughts as to his dream of making the blogging dream come true. See [HERE].

A little alteration and I now have this posts derivative title to serve as a prompt for my post today.

Is Justice Smiles Flowing toward Good Neighborly Relations?

Let’s start by gaining an appropriate handle on the term “good neighborly relations.”

This is a term generally used in the overarching sphere of geopolitics as best I can tell.

So, the symbol of the UN which is a “magical” top down view of the world from the north pole in which we are able to see beyond the equator to also include those in the southern hemisphere is “held” by two olive branches.

The olive branches are an allude to God’s promise to Noah of peace after the Flood.

I am not sure that this allusion resonates with cultures beyond those in and perhaps on the periphery of those based upon Judeo-Christian values.

Nevertheless, Western culture originally set this mechanism in place and of course the institution itself is domiciled in the most cosmopolitan city of the world – New York.

Ok, great! Now we have the big picture. World Peace is concentric to Western Ideals. This is probably rather limiting, but apparently it’s that with which we have to work.

When I look at whether or not my company has made any bit of difference at this level, the analogy that comes to mind is not on the magnitude of “a drop in the bucket” but much more like “a drop in the ocean.”

At this scope the aim seems woefully audacious. It’s pure lunacy … right? I completely agree. At best, this is the level in which under normal circumstances head’s of state engage in diplomatic glad handlings.

At the other extreme, is where I have been working for the last decade. My stated job has been to help neighbors settle their legal dispute and properly document it.

In theory that should not be so tough. After all, reasonable people should be able to come to reasonable terms … right?

Unfortunately, by the time most people realize they should be talking to a lawyer, the matter is no longer merely a legal dispute to which the aid of rational thought can readily extract a solution.

No, the rational inquiry is just the tip of the iceberg. Below it are the emotional drivers of interpersonal conflict which extend deep below the waterline of the subconscious.

The upshot is that whereas the stated purpose is to settle disputes which are manifest on the ground, almost invariably there is a interpersonal conflict raging inside each of the parties.

Seeking to manage that conflict has been my challenge and it is one which has taxed my energy to the max. I’m simply tapped out.

But then it came to me. If I could only help people who are contemplating what I know to be a ‘suicide mission’ in a fight with their neighbors over something which when they later tally the tab will realize was insignificant to instead focus their energy positively, my firm can make a significant improvement in the world.

Bringing someone who is negative to a state of neutrality is just a drop in the ocean.

Turning someone who is negative into someone who is positive is to illuminate which then draws others to the positivity that the world needs now than it has in perhaps the last 3/4 of a century.

I’m reminded of a song which members of Bill Gates’ international polio-combating partner – Rotary – regularly sing …

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
I am now looking forward to helping people at this localized scope to diagnose and educate people as to the merits of their real property dispute and hopefully help them to turn away before they get sucked into such a hellish vortex as engaging in a real property fight with their neighbor.
At a global level, it is simply a matter of time until I secure my opportunity to work for the company which best assists to illuminate truth so leaders can make informed and positive decisions.
Overall, I’ve flipped the switch to positivity and for once in a long time have been able to sustain a positive attitude.
It’s so much better that I can not help myself but to dream …
May world peace redound from each of us as neighbors to each other and the world in 2019. Cheers!

Photo Credit: https://www.pixcove.com/united-nations-logo-emblem-sign-symbol-peace-olive-branches-global-world-map-help/



Imagine how much influence the four men above influenced the world.

“The Four Vagabonds” from left to right are Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone.

Ford remains not only synonyms with cars, but also with techniques of industrial production.

Firestone was able to mass produce the wheels that went on all those Ford cars.

Edison was an inventor par excellence who brought light to the world after dark with his discovery of the incandescent bulb.

So, who was John Burroughs? I didn’t have the answer to that question originally either.

Wikipedia suggests that Burroughs was an American naturalist and nature essayist.

Between the years 1915 and 1924, these four made it a practice to go on summer camping trips.

It seems completely natural then that the other three industrialists would like to have a nature expert with them essentially as their guide.

Whether that is the reason for Burroughs involvement is pure speculation on my part.

Nevertheless, it is clear that by getting together and talking amongst each other and ultimately with numerous others who caravaned with them, these gentleman had unwittingly built what Napoleon Hill later calls a “master mind” which he expressly defines as:

Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.

Hill later explains: “No two minds ever come together without, thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”

Hmm? I think there must be something to all this master mind business.

If not mistaken Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, though in completely different fields, regularly enjoy each other’s company.

Is it possible that these two who have and had partnership with Charles Munger and Paul Allen respectively, know how to leverage social interactions to positive result?

It appears that there is no body who does it alone and as most of us recognize the opportunity to make positive changes in the world right now is extremely huge.

Perhaps you might consider starting right where you are and see about building a positive relationship with your neighbors.

Is it possible that together you might come up with not only a multi-million dollar idea, but also be able to identify how you might practically go about bringing it to recognition?

Instead of fighting your neighbor and thinking that their perspective is invalid, consider listening to them. This type of respect generally begets respect and then the conversation can start. Cheers!

Photo Credit: http://masterminds.org/the-5-most-popular-mastermind-groups-of-all-time/

Hey There! Big opportunity. We have exactly 365 days to get 20/20 perspective.

Maybe you are like me and wish you had it yesterday.

But as the Fleetmac suggest: “Yesterday’s gone, [so] … don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.”

Notwithstanding that upbeat tune which Bill Clinton and company adopted as their campaign anthem in 1992, there is a little bit of a problem.

So, can you spot it? Yeah, I gave you a little bit of a lead in with the preceding paragraph. What is the ellipsis all about?

Well if you want to listen to the song for the actual words, by all means feel free to listen to it [HERE].

Yet, you won’t find what I am seeking to emphasise in the lyrics of the song. They simply aren’t there.

And it is this absence which is precisely that to which I refer.

The present moment!

That place where the past and the future seek to reconcile themselves.

It’s ongoing and it’s now, and now, and … now. Gosh, I just can’t seem to catch it!

That’s because time passes and we either seize just a portion of it or we don’t.

Or perhaps a more accurate indication is that we don’t seize time, we only have an opportunity to direct it – i.e. to send it where we want it to go.

When we think of it this way, we don’t “spend time” we focus our efforts and activities with the time that we have in an effort to produce desired outcomes.

Ok, returning to the song. True, yesterday’s gone and it is generally much better to think about what is ahead.

But, maybe it is best to think of it as what is it that we see ourselves as accomplishing and directing our time in its direction?

My nascent understanding of the self-help literature has identified that it is best to engage in ‘future forward’ thinking.

In other words, take time out of the day to consider that a specific life aim has been accomplished. But critically, do this in a state of enjoyment so that the sensation can be set in the unconscious mind. Awesome!

But, then – at least as far as I can tell – it’s time to direct activities to accomplish that aim.

One of the best ways to do that is to have a calendar.

Above a virgin 2019 “Once More Around the Sun” calendar.

I look forward to sharing how this calendar can be used for goal tracking and achievement as we move forward into this year.

If you are intrigued and would like to know more about it now though, by all means feel free to be in contact.

We can arrange to get you set up with one too and I’m certain you will agree it is spectacular. Cheers!

It’s the last day of 2018! Has it been as great a year for you as it has been for me?

The year did not start out stellar. I had a lawsuit which was the absolute death, another locked in mortal combat, and of course all of this was happening while I still was undergoing “death by a thousand paper cuts” with other files.

But something really interesting happened. I realized I wasn’t happy and I decided to make a change. That is why 2018 will go down as one of my best years – the decision to change.

Now though, it’s time to continue with the follow through. So as they say … Out with the old and in with the new.

Kind of like what happens today and as represented by a couple of pennies in the picture above.

Are your pennies pretty much the same? In other words, are you going to pretty much carry your 2018 life over into 2019?

Why not take the chance on your dream? I’ll tell you why? Because there are real risks, but try to project forward 5, 10, 20, years … perhaps even on to your deathbed.

What’s going to be worse, you saying: “Gosh, if only I had gone for it!” Or, is it more likely that you will say to yourself: “That was one of the worst decisions of my life.”

If it is the later, well then listen to that and hold back. There’s something that you yet need to draw before you make the leap into the unknown.

But, if you have any inclination that it will be the former … don’t waste another day. Tip just one glass of bubbly to ring in the New Year and get to work on your reinvention.

As for myself, I am so happy and grateful for all the people I am meeting. To folks at Tableau Software and neighbors alike, I am really looking forward to collaborating with you in 2019.

Please feel free to take your two cents, not the coins but rather your best ideas, and boldly plant them where they can best grow in the year to come.

I would love to get your comments below. Cheers!

I am not the most faithful person when it comes to going to church. Nevertheless, my attempt is to get in a full rotation of three differing morning services … each Sunday!

OMG, that’s crazy thinks not only you but my family as well. Why do I do this?

Well, I found my work so bleak that just to get enough juice cranked up to brave the upcoming week, I figured I would do my best to pull myself out of the land of Ecclesiastes.

By way of reminder, that’s the book in the old testament which unequivocally clarifies at its outset: “Meaningless! Meaningless! … Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

Now, I recognize that for some people this notion offers real liberation. For me though, it could get me to sink to the level where I just thought: “Forget about it, what’s the point!”

Let me tell you, if things are cutting that way for you in life, you better figure out a way to make some major changes quickly.

Having that state of indifference, can very quickly lead you to think quite well of the subject of this poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson…

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.
And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.
And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.
So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.
Yes folks, that pretty well sums up the state of mind in which I found myself operating trying to step in to the middle of disputes in an attempt to get neighbors to stop fighting over their “Five Blades of Grass.”
As you can imagine, though I didn’t self-perform “brain surgery” as precisely as Richard Cory, I was killing myself by letting my time be consumed by such trivial matters. No longer!
Guest Pastor at Magnolia Presbyterian Church, Marisa Gronholz, gave a titled sermon which sums it up quite well: “A New Year, A New Wardrobe.”

Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12

So, what’s happening to me? I’m taking off my old clothes as a boundary dispute attorney and am putting on the new clothes of a “Reinvention Lawyer.”

Whhhat? Bob, could you please identify what is a “Reinvention Lawyer.”

Well, I’m not exactly sure about that yet myself. You see, this is a process of discovery for me.

One thing for which I am absolutely certain.

Instead of working as a mercenary, albeit one usually for peace, to assist clients with their boundary disputes, I now seek to help people to conduct boundary breakthroughs!

It’s one heck of a miserable road to try to change one’s neighbor … or anyone else for that matter. For those wanting change in their lives, the path to accomplishment is to change themselves.

Yes, I am completely aware of the fact that is not easy. Yet, I also know the courage to take off the old, ill-fitting clothes, take a shower, and then put on something new is the way to reinvention.

I’m humbled to say that I now stand naked … but not for long.


Oh and of course … Cheers!


Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich gives some treatment to ESP or as he calls it Telepathy.

Perhaps there is a distinction between these phenomenon that I am not aware.

As someone who has been quite literally “grounded” in the area of boundary dispute law for the last decade, like most I tend to scoff at the idea of this in much the same manner as the audience is brought into the “joke” Bill Murray plays as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters.

But in that I am in a mode of reinvention, I am willing to think much broader now and I wonder if there isn’t something actually to it.

Have you ever been having a conversation about someone – usually one in which you extol their virtues or vilify their faults – and they show up?

What’s the classic line in such situations: “Speak of the devil … right?” Why?

It’s because it is so odd. One thing that I noticed as I went so narrow in my specialization was that on an uncommonly regular basis, something that I was needing in one case would show up in another?

Basically, I might have a motion I needed to produce or a principle of law the case for to assert a legal point which I didn’t know existed … and in came a motion or mention of that case from opposing counsel in another case.

Is this a part of “the law of attraction?” I don’t have enough understanding to know this yet.

I do know that the list of names that were interviewed and endorsed Napoleon Hill’s book are still well known now for many of the eponymous business institutions they created.

And in that list of folks – e.g. Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, William Wrigley, Wilbur Wright, Alexander Graham Bell, John D Rockefeller, and Thomas A Edison to name a few – I think that it would be better to attempt to lend my mind to their “daft” ways than to seek to stay under the bell curve of normalcy – i.e. mediocrity.

Now, the reason why I find myself writing all of this is because yesterday I had sent out a LinkedIn invitation to the one person who has studied Napoleon Hill’s book more than anyone else on the planet – Bob Proctor.

I had been working on a rather mindless project and listening to YouTube videos of his all day long.

Before it got dark, I decided to take a break and got out for a jog and took a shower.

After letting the dog out the door, I came to the computer to get this day’s blog post out and what should I find … Bob Proctor had accepted my LinkedIn invitation.

Is there any ESP or Telepathy in that? I have no idea? But, I suspect that he has some ideas about it. Some that I would like to get directly from him if at all possible.

As I thought about it all, I wondered is it possible that my work as a boundary dispute attorney hasn’t really been about bringing discordant minds – i.e. people who think and thus have vibrational frequencies operating at different levels – together.

What has slowly been emerging for me is the realization that instead of trying to help people who only want to change someone else and not themselves a job that always seemed so pointless to me somewhat akin to Rodney King of L.A. riots fame’s quote: “Can’t we all just get along?”

Is it possible that I can use all this wisdom and energy to bring people together to form mastermind groups in order to create not only Win/Win (or as the Chinese say: “Twin Win” — 雙贏 ) but rather wins that redound to many more than two parties.

Now that’s something worthwhile. That’s something worth refocusing the work of my life’s devotion.

I do know one thing though, i am not skillful enough to just sit around trying to think this into the world through telepathy. It’s time to act … with kindness to all. Cheers!

Photo Credit: http://scratchpad.wikia.com/wiki/Peter_Venkman

My blog posts in large part have been focused this month on Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

This book’s introductory chapter is styled: “The Man Who “Thought” His Way into Partnership with Thomas A. Edison.”

Well, this morning’s news about the Con Edison explosion in Queens, NY had me thinking that I ought to give this chapter some treatment. So here goes …

Most people are aware that Edison invented the lightbulb. What’s more, the lightbulb has become the quintessential means for depicting an idea.

It’s perfect in doing so, because the lightbulb both serves to illuminate and it serves as a brilliant example of what it takes to reduce an idea to form.

Where do ideas come from? Somewhere out of the subconscious. Yet, as far as I am to understand through the reading of this book and review of ideas from others who have as well, it seems that the subconscious draws from beyond the individual.

Regardless, reducing the lightbulb to form was a process in which Edison was deemed to have “failed” 1,000 times before achieving success.

When asked by a reporter to comment, Edison instead insisted: “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

That shows incredible persistence and the result of course changed the world far beyond turning blue the night sky in a New York burrough.

Returning to Hill’s book, he relates the story of Edwin C. Barnes.

According to the book, though he didn’t even have the money to take the train and instead went the way of “blind baggage” – i.e. as a hobo – and wasn’t dressed for appearances, Barnes was determined to fulfill his vision – to become Edison’s partner!

Barnes obtained an audience with Edison and precisely told him this as well. What next?

Barnes did not get his partnership with Edison on his first interview. He did get a chance to work in the Edison offices, at a very nominal wage, doing work that was unimportant to Edison, but most important to Barnes, because it gave him an opportunity to display his “merchandise” where his intended “partner” could see it.

Hill relates that months went by and no external progress. But, inside Barnes’ mind his desire only grew.

Then the opportunity presented itself. Edison created a ‘Dictating Machine’ which his sales force was reluctant to sell. Barnes stepped up!

He indicated that he could and would sell the Edison Dictating Machine. And when it became apparent how successful he was at doing so the slogan was born: “Made by Edison and Installed by Barnes.”

Hill remarks that Barnes made a lot of money as a result – perhaps $2 or 3 Million. Yet, even more valuable than the money according to Hill was the fact that Barnes learned …

an intangible impulse of thought can be transmuted into its physical counterpart by the application of known principles. Emphasis in original quote.

That is an explosive thought. I’m still doing my very best to wrap my head around it. Can you? Cheers!

Photo Credit: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/27/nyregion/blue-sky-queens-explosion.html

Yesterday, I recorded one of the last stipulated judgments of my career as a boundary dispute attorney. The woman seated at the recorder’s desk was pleasant enough.

When she asked what it was that I was recording, I told her that it was likely the last judgment I would ever record from an adverse possession case.

Then as so often happens, she related to me the story of her own case. Except in this instance, the parties were smart enough to get together and each pay for half of a survey before they went ahead with the work … which in her case involved paving just up to – but not beyond – what they both recognized to be the boundary line.

She then related that her neighbor moved away, but now she has a new neighbor with whom she has an even better relationship. While I was working, I had never heard of this type of miracle.

Then another miracle occurred.

I took the now recorded judgment to the assessor’s office so that in addition to clearly having the court ordered boundary adjustment identified in the chain of title, the parties would be properly taxed going forward.

As an aside, this is a step that many attorneys who don’t regularly engage themselves in boundary disputes fail to realize needs to occur. Best practice is to indicate that this is to occur in the proposed order.

Now, I suspect that there is a possibility that the county (and perhaps the city if also having jurisdiction) could baulk if not named in the lawsuit, but the likelihood of any authority at the county getting so exercised that they want to challenge such a ruling asymptotically approaches zero. Yet, for attorneys that seek to absolutely smote all risk, by all means name the county as a defendant.

Returning to the miracle at the assessor’s office. I presented my recorded judgment to a clerk who went to speak with someone in the abstract department, and then it happened.

Another clerk came out and offered me some water. Rather dumbfounded by such a pleasant offering, I gladly accepted. She brought me a bottle of water!

I overheard this clerk mention to another that she may or may not be coming in today, but certainly would not on Friday.

Now, in the generally cautious to negative frame of mind I had normally occupied while doing my boundary dispute work, I can see myself attributing all of this to a pleasant, albeit lazy, government worker.

But, after I received word from the first clerk that all was well and went to leave, I saw that this generous soul was on her way out too.

We exchanged holiday well wishes and I noted that I had overheard that she had an extended holiday.

Without falling into sorrow, she shared that it wouldn’t be an extended holiday for her, but rather the funeral of an uncle – the last of that generation.

So my question is this: “How is it that some people can continue through life with a positive attitude even in the face of life’s ultimate misery …

Whereas others seek out misery in the face of life’s ultimate joy?”

Having good relationships with your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your neighbors is a choice.

A choice that people must make for themselves even when the outside experiences which occur as a result of the neighbors is not positive.

After a decade of repeatedly attempting – sometimes spectacularly successfully and at other times just as spectacularly unsuccessful – to cross the chasm from negativity to positivity, I finally realize that I increasingly risk being “up the creek without a paddle.”

The water sure isn’t pure there!

Better to find headwaters where the water is pure and bottle and preserve it instead. Cheers!

Photo Credit: http://www.wyattresearch.com/article/bottled-water-craze/

My chops as a boundary dispute attorney gives me both credibility and pause to step into the fray of our nation’s border wall debate.

This matter is not strictly similar to a boundary dispute between neighbors because neither side is seeking to redefine the location of the line.

What is at issue is at issue which is very similar to boundary disputes is that at least one side wants to be clear as to what is acceptable on its side of the line.

The other side doesn’t seem to give a hoot what happens. Though not wanting to minimize the issue, a large degree of the debate can be analogized to a neighbor who likes to maintain a pristine yard getting frustrated with the neighbor who has an unruly tree which is unmaintained and sheds its leaves onto the first neighbors lawn.

In most boundary disputes there is some degree of what I have come to call: “an external manifestation of an internal problem.”

There is plenty which has been said about President Trump regarding his uncommonplace antics to suggest that he is the one with the problem.

But that is an incomplete picture. In any boundary dispute, both disputants have a problem simply for the fact that there is a lack of harmony.

Who wants to be in harmony with Donald Trump? He certainly doesn’t make it easy!

But, to a certain extent – some much more and some much less – we all share aspects which are more pronounced in other people.

Trump appears to have a very dark side. This is a side which many seek to delimit exposure.

People do this because it is much easier to castigate that which is “out there” than to seek to change that which is “in here” … at a person’s core.

Trump is living this out too. He is on record as indicating that (some of) those who cross the border into the U.S. are “murderers and rapists.”

By building a wall – at least with respect to political symbolism – he is keeping that “element” at abeyance.

Perhaps a better way to consider what’s going on is that as – or at least a representative of a those who are – conservative, Trump exhibits one of the primary factors for which conservatives are known – low openness and low agreeableness.

For folks like this, that which is beyond the boundary – in this case normalcy and order – is a threat.

But instead of this being a threat which remains just that, because the border is porous … there is the perception of an invasion.

Overall, the whole thing seems silly to me. Because at the other end, it is in large part because of the liberal entitlements which appear to create the economic vacuum which the border crossers seek to illegally fill because people are unwilling to pay minimum wages for the value of work which falls below these arbitrarily identified values.

That is simple economics which is something it seems that most liberals are unwilling to publicly acknowledge.

To fully understand the perspective that conservative thinkers have with respect to the idea of building a wall, I encourage you to review this message from the late, Charles Krauthammer [HERE].

Krauthammer indicates that the wall serves the purpose of both allowing the illegal immigrants who are already here to have an amnesty – but not ability – to become citizens, but their children will be citizens while future illegal immigration is prevented.

When viewed in this light and as expressed calmly by Krauthammer, the border wall actually does make sense.

The problem is that we have a deal maker in the role of president, who fails to alter his conduct from that of a top-down businessman to a consensus building politician.

I suspect that Trump will wait this governmental, shut-down out and get his wall not just for what it represents to America, but also because he can’t lose by not holding pat to this position.

If he compromises here, there will be a perception that there is blood in the water and the investigations against him will gain additional momentum.

On the other hand, if he is forced out there will be plenty of backers that indicate that the president that they sought to have represent them was illegitimately pushed out and point to his iron will to hold fast on the point of the border wall.

Trump appears to be someone who enjoys the game in the moment and this is just another one of the many moments that we will see from him. I have no doubt he will find an exit.

Is all of this making America better? That’s really hard to tell. But, if the legacy of the Trump presidency becomes that of a nation which comes together across political lines to expel that which is deemed abhorrent – the incivility which is so much a centerpiece of Trump’s personality – he might actually turn out to be one of the greatest presidents … despite himself!

Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection as per https://abc3340.com/news/nation-world/go-fund-me-launched-to-pay-for-trumps-border-wall-nears-1m-in-two-days