All we seem to hear about today is about building a wall on our southern border. The subject seems to be creating our own wall of division and creating chaos among our politicians and the general public.

May I submit that brick and mortar, steel or any other material that may be used to build the wall is not the real problem.

The real problem is we’ve forgotten our national heritage and the foundation that walls are built on. One would not want to build a house without a solid foundation. The foundation of our nation is not solid. Many homes have single mothers and fathers trying to make the best living they can, leaving the children with less family time. We send our children to public schools where they are no longer taught the principles that our forefathers used to create this country. May I remind everyone what President Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

While the debate continues to be about the physical wall, I feel we should be looking inward and outward and return to the values, integrity and accountability that each of us U.S. citizens should have.

It surprises me when I see immigrants wanting to pass into our country illegally while displaying their country’s flag. I say when you enter our soil, you should learn our laws (same goes to our own politicians), apply for citizenship, contribute and become a tax-paying, social-contributing U.S. citizen.

In closing, I would like to quote Edmund Burke, who said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

If we do nothing, like Ronald Reagan said, we are only one generation away from extinction. If we don’t change, brick and mortar won’t matter.

JIM BOATRIGHT

Goldsboro